Virtual Travel – Wisconsin

You are in Wisconsin doncha know. Our state tours are coming to an end but there is plenty to see and do in Wisconsin, and beyond.

 

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State Capitol

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Madison is the State Capital. The Capitol building dates from 1917.

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State Symbols

State Dance – It seems nearly every state has square dancing as the state dance, but not Wisconsin. Let’s play the Beer Barrel Polka

 

State Pastry – Kringle

 

 

Madison is a pretty city situated between two lakes. The state animal, and nickname for the University of Wisconsin sports teams are the Badgers.

 

 

 

 

Towns and Cities

1940     1967     1972     1983     1997     2001    2003    2008     2017

 

Milwaukee – Wisconsin’s largest city is a Lake Michigan port city. There are a number of museums and parks along the lakeshore.

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Racine is a smaller port city near the Illinois border.

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Ashland is located in northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior.

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin Cultures

1948     1958     1969     1987

Government State Wisconsin 1948

 

 

The Northern Great Lakes visitor center celebrates life on the Great Lakes.

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The German culture thrives throughout the state. Beer, brats and cheeseheads! (photos from the internet)

Bavarian Bierhaus | © VISIT Milwaukee

look at that cute cheesehead!"-a packers fan #greenBAE #greenbay ...

 

 

 

Wisconsin Roads and Attractions

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Government State Wisconsin 2006

 

 

Wisconsin Dells – A popular tourist attraction in south central Wisconsin. While there is natural scenery there is an abundance of man made attractions. (photos from the internet)

Trips on a Tank: Wisconsin

Facts | Wisconsin Dells | Media Information

 

 

Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee

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Wingspread – A Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Racine.

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House on the Rock is located in Spring Green. This amazingly quirky structure was built as a result of a feud between a man named Alex Jordan and Frank Lloyd Wright. When Wright told him he wasn’t qualified to build a crate, Jordan set out to build this home.

Many question if this story is true or not, but regardless this place is like nowhere else. It is filled with automated musical instruments, strange collections, circus features including a massive carousel, and many other collections. The highlight is the ‘Infinity Room’, cantilevered out over the valley below.

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Spring Green, WI – 2012 Road Trip – Day 16 – House on the Rock

We continued our eastern route Saturday morning into Wisconsin along I-94, past Eau Claire, finally exiting at Maulston to lead us south to Spring Green. This small Wisconsin town is the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, and as a result they have the famed home and school of his, Taliesin. We had a nice lunch at the visitor center, but we chose not to tour the compound for two reasons; 1 – we had seen numerous FLW buildings and 2 – We were there to see House on a Rock

 

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House on the Rock: The “house” itself is atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock approximately 70 feet  by 200 feet (61 m) on the top, which stands in a forest nearby. In addition to the House on the Rock itself, the Gate House, and the Mill House, are reminiscent of the work of FLW, though much less coherently designed than is characteristic of Wright, given its patchwork of external structures and interior spaces.

 

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According to the story, the building actually began partly to spite the master architect FLW, who ran his Taliesin communal school near Spring Green. These early structures feature exposed stone, low ceilings, dark woodwork, and antiques on display

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One of the highlights is the Infinity Room, an engineering marvel that extends 218 feet out over the valley, sitting 156 feet above the ground. The Infinity Room has 3,264 windows for walls that treat guests to a truly spectacular view.

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We spent more than 4 hours wandering around this amazing place, thoroughly amused throughout. Someday we might return to Spring Green and see Taliesin, but it is clear we made the correct choice this day.

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Our hotel was in Madison, only about an hour away. On the way we went through a small town called Mount Horeb, the troll capital of the World. All around town are statues of trolls.

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But you can only have so many trolls, and a short time later we were in Madison. Our home for the night, Hotel Red, was trendy boutique hotel that offered cocktails upon check in. In addition, it was just around the corner from Camp Randall Stadium, home of the University of Wisconsin

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As with other college towns that are seats of the government, it was a nice city, much cleaner than most, and obviously has some wealth. Situated between two lakes, there were many lakefront parks and homes.

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After some time driving around, then walking campus we found a small French/Belgian restaurant called Brasserie V, a casual, European inspired neighborhood basserie located on Madison’s historic Monroe Street. They advertise they were born out of a passion for the French Joie de Vivre developed from time spent in Belgium and France, that combines their love of rustic French food with Belgian beer.

All in all our last full day on the road was great, with the uniqueness of House on a Rock, the trendiness of the boutique hotel, and the nice French restaurant.