Wisconsin travel

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8 great lakes near Milwaukee that aren't Great Lakes

Published June 19, 2020

While we may not be the land of 10,000 lakes, we prize quality over quantity, and there are some great places for recreation and reflection within a quick drive from Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorites.

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8 Wisconsin sights you must see

Published Dec. 31, 2019

All around us are beautiful sights and scenes, some popular some exclusive. In this new feature we'll share some of these - through our lens - and hope that you'll join us along the way by sharing your favorite Wisconsin sights too.

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Digging into Badger State history in Madison

Published Dec. 12, 2019

No single place in the state has the market cornered on Wisconsin history, but for folks interested in burrowing into the story of the Badger State, there's no better place to start than the capitol.

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Exploring Beloit - both old and new

Published April 23, 2019

Arriving at the Hotel Goodwin in Beloit, the kindly woman at the front desk welcomed me and said the city has changed ... "a lot." Even spending just a weekend in this border town an hour southwest of Milwaukee was enough to make that quite clear.

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First look: Lake Geneva Ice Castles

Published Jan. 29, 2019

In recent years, the renowned Ice Castles have slowly drifted closer to Milwaukee. Now, the incredible ice sculptures you can climb inside have landed on the beach at Lake Geneva, offering you the best chance ever to see these remarkable creations.

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Nordic-inspired Dorr Hotel expected to break ground in Door County soon

Published Nov. 30, 2018

The Dörr Hotel, designed inside and out by Chicago-based Zimmerman Weintraub Associates (ZWA), will offer views across Lake Michigan's Green Bay, and 11 of the first-floor rooms will include private patios with access paths leading down to the water. Groundbreaking is expected next year.

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Urban spelunking: The American Club in Kohler

Published July 31, 2018

In these times when immigration is such a divisive issue in our country, the centennial of The American Club in Kohler is a good reminder of the role immigrants have played in the United States.

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Two sides of the Wisconsin Dells

Published July 20, 2018

On a recent trip to the (seemingly self-proclaimed) Waterpark Capital of the World, I got two views of the Wisconsin Dells. One was exactly the one you might expect, but the other was anything but.

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Go here: Apostle Island Ice Caves (when they're open)

Published Jan. 17, 2018

As long as the temperature stays below freezing, the Apostle Islands ice caves are open to the public. Located in Bayfield County, the Apostle Islands are 370 miles from Milwaukee and take six-plus hours by car, depending on weather.

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Video: A Lake Express Ferry journey

Published Sept. 18, 2017

Our first stop on a long road trip east? A 15-minute drive to Bay View to board the Lake Express Ferry. The two-and-half-hour trip not only saved us navigating Chicago on a Friday morning, but was also great fun in itself. And there's definitely something to be said for arriving in Michigan ready to go with a full tank of gas.