Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" due to its famous dairy farms and cheese production industry. The landscape is mainly rolling grassy plains filled with dairy cattle. Milwaukee is the largest city in the state and is most well-known for the high number of breweries found there, it is said that one can experience the scent of malt seeping from buildings all over the city. The state capital, Madison, showcases stunning Renaissance architecture and rests on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Lake Michigan's annual Summerfest, a popular live music and entertainment festival, draws nearly one million guests a year. The NFL's oldest team is based in Green Bay, and visitors during football season won't want to miss a visit to Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. The northern part of the state is largely unspoiled, scarcely populated wilderness: perfect for escaping the hustle of the city and experiencing some authentic adventure. Wisconsin borders the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the north, and this provides the perfect location for a variety of outdoor attractions and water-based activities.
Madison combines big city activities with small town friendliness. The charming downtown area is situated on an isthmus between two popular recreational lakes and features an outdoor pedestrian only market area on State Street, which abounds with unique arts and crafts shops, boutiques, trendy eateries and outdoor cafes. State Street also conveniently connects the Capitol complex to the University of Wisconsin campus.
Milwaukee is home to an underlying traditional German culture, and is famous for its beer; the Miller Brewing Company is located here in addition to countless small microbreweries, most of which are open for public tours. Summerfest takes place here every year and showcases live music performances, stand up comedy, international performers, unique cuisine and more. The Milwaukee Art Museum has recently been renovated and houses an extensive collection of German paintings and art.
The Wisconsin Dells area is located in the central part of the state, and is known as the Waterpark Capital of the World. Wisconsin Dells beckons visitors with a huge number of towering waterslides, thrilling theme parks and countless other family attractions, and a range of accommodations and amenities cater to all types of travellers. The yearly Polish Festival is popular, inviting visitors to experience authentic Polish food, polka music and entertainment. During the winter, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling take center stage.
For an unforgettable adventure, head to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a picturesque destination with delightful surprises around every corner. The region is composed of 21 stunningly beautiful islands on Lake Superior, surrounded by 12 miles of shoreline. This is the place to enjoy windswept sandy beaches, sheer rocky cliffs and sapphire blue water in an easily accessible location. The most popular way to reach the islands is by canoe or kayak, although several charters and water taxis provide guided tours for a hassle-free sightseeing excursion.