Wisconsin Travel Guide

Wisconsin State Travel Guide

About Wisconsin

Wisconsin in located in the Midwest of the United States of America. The name itself is of Native American origin and stands for the ‘meeting of the waters.’ The state shares its borders with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan. The two famous lakes from this region are Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

The regions of the state that are in the south are mainly cities and rural areas whereas the northern parts are mainly forest and wild.

Wisconsin State Official Language(s) De jure: None
De facto: English
Wisconsin State Demonym Wisconsinite
Wisconsin State Capital Madison
Wisconsin State Largest City Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Largest Metro Area Milwaukee metropolitan area
Wisconsin State Area  Ranked 23rd in the US
 - Total 65,498 sq mi
(169,639 km2)
 - Width 260 miles (420 km)
 - Length 310 miles (500 km)
 - % water 17
 - Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N
 - Longitude 86° 46′ W to 92° 53′ W
Wisconsin State Population  Ranked 20th in the US
 - Total 5,654,774
- Density 98.8/sq mi  (38.13/km2)
Ranked 23rd in the US
 - Median income  $47,220 (15th)
Wisconsin State Elevation  
 - Highest point Timms Hill
1,951 ft  (595 m)
 - Mean 1,050 ft  (320 m)
 - Lowest point Lake Michigan
579 ft  (176 m)
Wisconsin State Before Statehood Wisconsin Territory
Wisconsin State Admission to Union  May 29, 1848 (30th)
Wisconsin State Governor Jim Doyle (D)
Wisconsin State Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton (D)
Wisconsin State Legislature Wisconsin Legislature
 - Upper house Senate
 - Lower house State Assembly
U.S. Senators Herb Kohl (D)
Russ Feingold (D)
U.S. House Delegation List
Wisconsin State Time Zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Wisconsin State Abbreviations WI Wis. US-WI
Wisconsin State Website http://www.wisconsin.gov

This region is popular with tourists in all weathers - winter or summer.

Regions of Wisconsin

Wisconsin in broken up simply into the following regions:

  1. Southeast Wisconsin: It is the most densely populated region of Wisconsin. Lake Geneva (the most attractive destination of the state) is also located int his region. This region also houses the largest city of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

  2. Southwest Wisconsin: The capital city of Madison and the city of La Crosse are housed in this region. Madison also includes the University of Wisconsin. Madison is a city that is housed between two lakes.

  3. Northeast Wisconsin: This region is home to the famous football team ‘Packers.’ The most popular getaway from the summer, ‘Door County’ is found in this very region.

  4. North Central Wisconsin: The ‘Gateway to the North Woods’ the city of Wausau is in this region.

  5. Northwest Wisconsin: Includes the two big cities of Superior and Eau Claire.

Cities of Wisconsin

The major cities of the state of Wisconsin are:

  1. Madison
  2. Appleton
  3. Eau Claire
  4. Green Bay
  5. La Crosse
  6. Kenosha
  7. Milwaukee
  8. Racine
  9. Wausau

Things to Do in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, you could be a part of any of the following activities:

  1. Door County: This is a peninsular region of the state, and is in Lake Michigan. The Kangaroo lake is located at the point that is considered to be almost at the center of the peninsula itself and is a popular tourist destination.

  2. Wisconsin Dells: This is one of the most popular family destinations. It is located relatively close to both Madison and to Milwaukee. It houses many famous theme parks and that is what makes it popular with children and families. Apart from the theme parks, there are many pretty sides by the river.

  3. Ice Age National Scenic Trail: This is a very different kind of outdoor activity that can be taken up. This trail spans the entire state almost. It takes tourists through existing trails and through motorways to show them evidence of the Ice age - through the display of geological features.

  4. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: This is on Lake Superior and offers views of wild untamed beauty. This park has been put together by collecting twenty one islands and over ten miles of the coastline around the Lake Superior.

Apart From That Some City Attractions include:

  1. Milwaukee: the public museum, IMAX theatre, Milwaukee art museum, Maier Lakefront Festival park, Miller brewery tours

  2. Madison: home to a dome that’s considered to be one of the world’s largest

Wisconsin Dells: Noah’s ark, Mt. Olympus, Ducks Tours, mini golf courses.