Wisconsin Itinerary: Explore West Along I-94
The Itinerary at a Glance
Three-day / two-night tour of Wisconsin’s Heartland.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
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- Milwaukee County Zoo
- Mid-Continent Railway Museum
- Palace Theater
- Original Wisconsin Ducks
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Genesee Depot, Milwaukee and Madison
Recognized as one of the top zoos in the country, Milwaukee County Zoo just west of downtown offers the best in edu-tainment. Take a walk on the wild side as you marvel at over 3,000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. You can also ride the Zoomobile for a guided tour or make arrangements for a behind-the-scenes tour that will keep your group talking for days.
Make a stop off the highway for Genesee Depot and Ten Chimneys, former home of the greatest acting
team in American theater history: Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. This National Historic Landmark
celebrates a one-of-a-kind collection of theater memorabilia, original furnishings, rare original prints and artifacts that all have personal connections to this celebrated couple.
Halfway between Milwaukee and Madison off I-94 is Johnson Creek. With 25 National Landmarks nearby and tours of agriculture, history, nature and architecture, you can spend many hours enjoying the area. The Johnson Creek Premium Outlets offer savings at 60 stores. Pick up your complimentary VIP coupon books and center map when you pre-register for your group’s shopping extravaganza.
Head north of Madison on I-94 to the recreational area known as “the Dells.” Stop in Portage to explore fascinating historic sites and the natural beauty along the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. With performing arts centers, museums and a revitalized downtown, your group will enjoy this gateway to “up north” Wisconsin.
The “Waterpark Capital of the World,” Wisconsin Dells offers a variety of experiences on and off the water. From scenic boat tours to dinner theater to interactive skiing shows, this popular leisure destination will be on the top of your list for many return visits. Start your day off with a lumberjack pancake breakfast at Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty. This all-you-can-eat, family-style restaurant amidst 1890s logging camp artifacts also features a not-to-be-missed gift shop. Book your seats for the one-of-a-kind, action-packed Dells Lumberjack Show that features standing block and springboard chops, axe throws, obstacle poles, log rolls and much more. Next, depart for an authentic 1894 C&NW depot for a train ride through the countryside. The Mid-Continent Railway Museum grounds and building house a lovingly restored steam engine, vintage railroad coaches, freight cars and cabooses. Ride into the past on a 55-minute, 7-mile journey through rural Wisconsin aboard 100-year-old railcars.
Spend your evening being entertained with a classic Broadway musical or favorite Disney classic at the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells. This state-of-the-art theater destination offer groups dinner and a show, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Start your morning with a leisurely trip past the sculpted sandstone bluffs and narrow gorges on a Dells Boat Tour. There are a variety of tours on these double-decker boats that traverse the Wisconsin River
including the Lower Dells or Upper Dells. Alternately, begin the day with an invigorating adventure aboard the Original Wisconsin Ducks, World War II amphibious vehicles that go on land and water. Barrel down Roller Coaster Hill and splash down into the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton. Before heading home, stroll the streets of downtown Wisconsin Dells for homemade fudge, souvenirs and your choice of great casual restaurants.