Wisconsin Itinerary: Exploring Northern Wisconsin
The Itinerary at a Glance
The rich heritage and must-see attractions of the Chippewa Valley, Madeline Island, Minocqua and Green Bay delight tour groups.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Chippewa Valley Museum
- Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad
- Madeline Island Ferry
- Wildwood Wildlife Park
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Day 1: Eau Claire/Spooner
Begin your journey in the Northern area of Wisconsin with an entertaining and enriching stop at Chippewa Valley Museum. Hear authentic stories that illuminate the Chippewa Valley and touch upon the larger story of American immigrants from Europe. For instance, learn about Lars and Grethe Anderson, who raised a large family in a modest two-story log home (est. 1866) that you can enter and explore. The style of construction in this house reflects its owners’ Scandinavian heritage.
This afternoon enjoy a scenic lunch aboard the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad in Spooner. Afterwards, visit Gov. Thompson Fish Hatchery, which is not only the state’s largest cool water facility, but also the world’s largest musky hatchery. The hatchery produces more than half the muskellunge and walleye stocked throughout the state. With 46 rearing ponds, the facility produces 1.5-2.5 million small walleye, 25,000-100,000 larger walleye, 35,000-60,000 large musky and 10,000-30,000 large northern pike in a typical year.
If you’re looking for a hands-on experience, tour Potter’s Shed, then take the opportunity for your group to channel their inner-artist with several art projects to create and take home.
Day 2: Madeline Island/Minocqua
Head toward the upper corner of Wisconsin to Madeline Island—voted one of the Coolest Small Towns in the U.S.—with a short ferry ride aboard the Madeline Island Ferry. Stroll along Lake Superior, enjoy a scenic lunch or visit the Madeline Island Historical Museum to learn about life in the Apostle Islands.
Travel the picturesque Northwoods to Minocqua and experience a Wisconsin tradition with cocktails and dinner at a local supper club. After dinner enjoy a Lumberjack Show featuring lumbering history, world-class competition and plenty of laughs.
Day 3: Woodruff/Minocqua/Green Bay
This morning tour Hillestad Vitamin Factory. See and learn about vitamins, minerals, protein tablets, herbs, skin creams and lotions that are manufactured using naturally sourced nutrients. Visit the factory outlet store and receive a free sample.
Our next stop is Wildwood Wildlife Park, an interactive zoo where your guests get outside and experience
wildlife up close and personal. Enjoy lunch overlooking the shores of beautiful Lake Minocqua. Take a scenic drive to Green Bay; upon arriving visit Neville Public Museum along with its permanent collection highlighting the history of the Green Bay area. A favorite is the video exhibit on the relationship of the Green Bay community and the Packers football franchise.
Make a stop this morning at Cook’s Corner, the nation’s largest kitchen store. Find that gadget or special gift for the chef in your family. You can also arrange for a cooking class for your group.
Before heading home, no trip to Green Bay is complete without a tour of the world-renowned Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers. Take a stadium tour, complete with a stop on the field where Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers played and continue to play. Browse one of the largest stadium pro-shops in the country—you are bound to find a special something for the Packer fan in your life.