The melding of environments in Wisconsin creates a unique blend of wilderness and civilization. It is also a true melting pot of ethnic heritages.
Wisconsin is a four seasons locale, with enjoyable traveling all year round. It's a land of parks, bluffs, beaches, and tree-lined slopes. To the north are the blue waters of Lake Superior, to the east is Lake Michigan, to the west are the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, to the south is rich prairieland.
The top third of Wisconsin is forestland, dotted with 14,000 glacial lakes stocked with muskies, crappies, bass, and northern pike. It's a rugged landscape filled with the awesome legacy of the last Ice Age. The Nicolet and Chequamegon national forests sprawl across 1 1/2 million acres. Opportunities abound for hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and skiing.
The rest of the state is similarly blessed with great scenic beauty. The Ice Age Trail sweeps through Wisconsin from northwest to southeast taking hikers along the 1,000-mile route of the great Wisconsin Glacier that crunched through here 10,000 years ago. Excellent biking trails also crisscross the state, many of which are on resurfaced railway beds. To the west, the Great River Road stretches along the bluffs of the Mississippi River to make a perfect auto trip, especially when observing autumn colors.
To the east, along Lake Michigan's shore, Door County offers a "Cape-Cod" atmosphere of sandy beaches, great golf, and true relaxation.
Immigrants from all countries could find land here that reminded them of home. Milwaukee, the state's largest city, perhaps does the most in capitalizing on its roots with its many ethnic festivals and top-quality restaurants.
Madison, the state capital, lies in the heart of Wisconsin. It is also the home of the noted University of Wisconsin. Not far from Madison are the resorts and theme parks of the Wisconsin Dells. Circus World Museum is in Baraboo, the 19th-century home of the Ringling Bros. Circus.