Visit Milwaukee for a thriving arts scene, boutique breweries (as well as one major US one), a huge calendar of festivals and acres of parkland and beaches. For motorcycle enthusiasts, the Harley Davidson Museum houses over 450 models of the classic motorbike. The landmark Milwaukee Art Museum is as remarkable outside as it is inside, with giant wings that open and close several times a day.
Door County boasts over 300 miles of shoreline dotted with lakefront communities, hidden coves and photogenic lighthouses. It’s easy to see why this peninsula is known as the ‘Cape Cod of the Midwest’. Attractions here include numerous art galleries, restaurants, one-off boutiques and the opportunity to indulge in outdoor pursuits like hiking, biking, paddleboarding and scuba-diving among 19th century shipwrecks.
The Great River Road
The Great River Road, a 250-mile roadway along the Wisconsin bank of the Mississippi River, has been hailed as one of America’s best scenic drives. It’s rich in history, ecology, small-town character and natural beauty. There are picturesque little towns nestled into dramatic bluffs along the way, where you can stop for a cruise on a paddlewheel boat or just take in the scenery.
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at canoeing or kayaking, Wisconsin is a great place to start. How about exploring sea caves and looking out for black bears around the Apostle Islands or rowing down the peaceful, unspoilt St Croix National Scenic Riverway? There are plenty of other options all over the state, ranging from white-water rivers to languid streams and glacial lakes.
Like cheese? Wisconsinites love cheese. Since 1910, the state has consistently been the largest supplier of cheese in the country with around 600 varieties currently being produced. Don’t be surprised if you walk around Green Bay on the shores of Lake Michigan and see the odd head adorned with a cap shaped like a wedge of cheese; these are the Cheeseheads, supporters of major league American football team, the Green Bay Packers.