Explore Wisconsin

Escape to Wisconsin!

welcome-to-wisconsinMany people vacation in Wisconsin because of its beauty and wide variety of outdoor activities. If you like to swim, fish, boat, hike, ride horses, hunt, ski, toboggan, or go iceboating, Wisconsin is the state for you. It has about 15,000 lakes, many trails through its woods, and forests and fields for hunting. Wisconsin’s Door County has five state parks and 250 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. These figures represent more than any other county in the country.

Wisconsin’s geography is diverse, with the Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupying the western part of the state and lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is second to Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.

Wisconsin was named for the Wisconsin River. The name for the river probably comes from a Chippewa Indian word, usually translated as “grassy place.” The state is known as the “Badger State” because the state’s miners dug into the hillside and lived in the holes they dug, much like badgers digging burrows.

“Washington, DC is to lying what Wisconsin is to cheese.”
-Dennis Miller

Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” because it is one of the nation’s leading dairy producers. Manufacturing and tourism are also major contributors to the state’s economy.

Famous Wisconsinites include: Harry Houdini, famous magician and escape artist. Douglas MacArthur, well known World War II and Korean War general. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect. William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.