Wisconsin Itinerary: Wisconsin Waterways
The Itinerary at a Glance
In Wisconsin, a state surrounded by two great lakes and a mighty river with 15,000 lakes in between, exploring the waterways is easy with cruises on pontoons, sightseeing boats, paddle wheelers and the original WWII amphibious “DUCK” rides. Touring the state, you’ll find world-class museums, amazing architecture and beautiful scenery from rolling rural vistas to urban surprises. Entertainment is everywhere from Broadway to regional theater, indoors and out. Craft breweries, distilleries and wineries abound. And Wisconsin has some of the best Native American casinos in the nation.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Horicon Marsh
- JuRustic Park
- Madeline Island
- Prairie du Chien
Duration: 4 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Begin your trek around the state exploring the lighthouses along Lake Michigan. Visit one of the lighthouses of Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine, including Wind Point, the oldest and tallest working lighthouse on the lake. Over 300 shipwrecks are documented in the Great Lakes, and Manitowoc County has about 50 of them. Head to the largest cattail marsh in the world – Horicon Marsh – and enjoy an informative birdwatching and wildlife-infused pontoon ride. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and dining at an iconic Wisconsin supper club.
Head north to the resort area of Green Lake to enjoy the historic Main Streets, including a visit to the birthplace of the Republican Party in Ripon. Continue on to Wisconsin Rapids to explore one of the many cranberry marshes. Your group will enjoy a stop at JuRustic Park in Marshfield, with over 250 folk art sculptures displayed in one man’s yard. Tonight catch a performance of the nation’s oldest waterski show team in Minocqua.
The morning begins with a visit to walk among the deer, feed the animals and, coming soon, a safari ride through the northwoods of Wisconsin.
Option A: Continue north and cruise on over to Madeline Island to experience island life on Lake Superior. Tonight take is some gaming at the northern tip of the state.
Option B: Head southwest for your final destination, the Mississippi River. Enjoy a scenic train ride in Spooner, an area that highlights the Namekagon River, which is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Continue south to Eau Claire, the Kubb Capital of the U.S.
Option A: Explore the region with a visit to the Great Lakes Visitor Center and to the city of Ashland.
Option B: Travel the Great River Road along the Mississippi. Enjoy this scenic drive as you head to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located on one of the many bluffs along the river. End your day with a tour of Prairie du Chien, the oldest European settlement on the Upper Mississippi River.