L&A received this question:
My mom is turning 50 and she is taking her first week long vacation in three years to celebrate. We are trying to find off-the-wall, not-super-touristy things (or really touristy like The World’s Largest Whatever or Birth Place of Thisorthat) in Wisconsin. We’ve been to Madison and all over the Appleton/Green Bay area more times than I can count. Are there any awesome places you’ve been to or have heard about that aren’t on your blog that you would suggest for two 20 somethings and their mom who’s really cool for 50? We’re trying to put together a wacky road trip or something.
Coleen: Here is a fun Wisconsin itinerary that starts at Lake Superior and ends at Milwaukee. Enjoy!
Day 1:Madeline Island: . Big Bay State Park is located on Madeline Island, part of the Apostle Islands. You can camp, hike and swam in Lake Superior (which was not as cold as you think it would be).
Day 2: Bayfield and Living Adventures. The
kayak trip is amazing and no experience is necessary (really). It is the only way to see the sea caves and hard to believe you are in Wisconsin. Ethel’s is a great place to eat. The town is small, but there are some cute shops.
Day 3: Hayward
Day 4: Drive along the Mississippi Great River Road. Stunning scenery and bluff vistas line this twisting road that follows the river.
Day 5: Dr. Evermor, Devil’s Lake, Parfrey’s Glen and Dells Duck Tours are all in the Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells area. Dr. Evermor frequently shows up in roadtrip articles and really is worth a stop.
Day 6: Stop in Madison and eat at the Greenbush Bar and grab a drink at the Weary Traveler.
Day 7: Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum usually has wonderful exhibits. Lakefront Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing Company are a ton of fun and so is a Brewer Game. The Mitchell Domes are neat to see and the shopping in the Third Ward is fantastic.