Welcome to: Wisconsin
A geographically-diverse landscape with lakes, forests, and 7,446 streams and rivers, Wisconsin is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream. French and British settlers first arrived here in the 1760s hoping to get rich through the beaver fur trade, but the Badger State was originally settled by the Ottawa, Ojibwe, Kickapoo, Huron, Sioux, and Ho-Chunk tribes. Wisconsin became the 30th state in the Union on May 29, 1848.
Known for its cherries, cranberries and cheese – it produces more dairy than anywhere else in America – the Badger State has some delicious reasons to eat local. It makes sense that it’s where the first ice cream sundae was made, but it might surprise you that Wisconsin produces nearly all of the ginseng grown in the U.S.A.
Historically it’s been a good place to be thirsty, too. At one time, Wisconsin was home to almost 200 breweries. A fair share were in Laverne & Shirley’s hometown of MIlwaukee. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! For anyone who watched a lot of TV in the 70s and 80s, MIlwaukee means beer.
If hitting the road is more your speed than dining and drinking in, the scenic Great River Road makes for an excellent drive. Following the powerful Mississippi River along 250 miles of the state’s western border, 400-foot-high sandstone bluffs and historic river towns line the route.
Wisconsin is home to more than one cultural innovation and technological advance. It’s not surprising when you see the list of iconic artists and innovators who were born here. The Badger State has bragging rights to Harry Houdini, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe, Orson Welles, and Laura Ingalls Wilder to name a few.