You may have already read the first two installments of our Seven Wonders of Wisconsin series that runs all summer long on OnMilwaukee.com. It's a fun one, and next week, I take my turn, visiting the Apostle Islands and Big Manitou Falls in northwestern Wisconsin.
While I'm not exactly eagerly anticipating the many, many hours in the car, on the hand, I sort of am. Mostly because this is a part of the state I've never visited and have always wanted to.
In fact, while planning my trip, I started wondering just how much of Wisconsin I've seen over these last 37 years. So, I downloaded a map and started drawing on it, including the route I have planned for next week.
The results, to the best of my recollection, are illustrated by the red lines above. While it's possible I traveled outside these lines as a child and don't remember it, I think this is a pretty comprehensive list.
What's interesting (or not so interesting, depending on your perspective) is how relatively little of Wisconsin I've seen. I mean, I feel like I've seen almost as much as I care to see, and while there's much more that's blank than is red, I surely can say I've covered more of Wisconsin than anywhere I've lived or visited ... unless you count those five years I spent in Rhode Island, which you really can't.
Obviously, I've hit all of the major cities and towns and many of the smaller ones, too. But there are huge swaths in the central and northern part of the state that I have completely missed, too.
What else am I missing? Lots? Nothing?
How do you compare to my travels? Is your map "redder" than mine? I encourage you to try the same exercise, then chime in using the Talkbacks below.
I love the Apostle Islands. Take the tour around the islands, you won't regret it. I lived in the city of Washburn for about 4 yrs. Fun area. I do believe the largest used book store in Wisconsin is in Washburn. Great cafe and bakery in Ashland, The Black Cat and the Asland Baking Company. Like music? Then the Big Top Chautauqua on Hwy 13 is a must! If no time for a show, at least see if they will take the time to show you the tent and tell you about the BIg Top. I could go on and on. Waverly Beach in Ashland. The plywood bar, if it is still there. bring home some Trinko's, since they do not ship! Lastly, ask about the Oulu rock ! Have fun! Can't wait to hear your stories. Wish I was going too!
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