10 of Wisconsin’s Best Fireworks Shows

Alright ‘murica…feast your eyes on the heart of the Midwest this weekend. With brilliant fireworks displays set to light up the Wisconsin sky, the state shines bright each and every 4th of July. Here are just a few of our top picks for fireworks shows in Wisconsin: Eau Claire Beginning at 10 p.m., the Festival Foods Fireworks Extravaganza is one for the books. Take in the awesome colors that burst over the city from a number of fantastic viewing areas including Carson Park, Phoenix Park, Half Moon Lake or Lakeview Cemetery. Egg Harbor Make your way to Harbor View Park in lovely Egg Harbor for a spectacular

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Hidden Gems: 10 of Wisconsin’s Most Underrated Towns

Eric Paulsen and Mariah Haberman here. As co-hosts of the TV show, Discover Wisconsin, one of the questions we get asked most often is: “What destination were you most pleasantly surprised about after visiting?” This is a tricky one to answer because if there’s one thing we can confirm from our travels around the state it’s that Wisconsin as a whole is one big hidden gem chockfull of underrated communities. That said, here are 10 truly amazing places that tend to fly under the radar: Eau Claire (Eau Claire County) Beautiful rivers, wonderful music and one-of-a-kind attractions are just part of what

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18 Jaw-Dropping Wisconsin Lighthouse Photos

With Great Lakes Superior and Michigan meeting Wisconsin’s northern and eastern coasts respectively, you can find more than 30 historic lighthouses still standing. Even Lake Winnebago – Wisconsin’s largest inland lake – is home to a handful of magnificent lighthouses. Many provide tours and all of them offer breathtaking views. Starting in the state’s southeastern corner and making our way to the northwest region, here are 18 jaw-dropping photos of Wisconsin lighthouses: 1. Kenosha North Pierhead Light (Kenosha County) Photo by Vern Lee 2. Racine Breakwater (Racine County) Photo by Scott Olsen 3. Wind Point Lighthouse (Racine County) Photo by Brian Havican 4. Milwaukee

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25 Super Strange Wisconsin Town Names

Aahh, weird Wisconsin, how I love you. Truth is, I appreciate a well-named town. And by well-named, I just mean strange. Here are 25–and believe me, that’s just a sampling–of Wisconsin’s oddly named communities: Arkansaw (Pepin County) Arkansaw, Wis. was named after the Arkansas River. I’m not sure when someone decided to replace the ‘S’ with a ‘W,’ but who am I to question their logic? Avalanche (Vernon County) I have to wonder if an introvert named this town as a strategic way of deterring others from moving in. We’re on to you, citizens of Avalanche… Bluff Siding (Buffalo County) Evidently, Bluff Siding got its

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10 of Wisconsin’s Best Haunted Houses, Forests and More

These ain’t your run-of-the-mill haunted houses. Terrifyingly imaginative and utterly spine-chilling, the following mysterious homes, forests, bed and breakfasts and more are not for the faint of heart. (In fact, I suggest calling ahead of time to inquire about age restrictions!) Burial Chamber (Neenah) Let’s start with the Midwest’s largest haunted complex: The Burial Chamber in the Fox Valley boasts two massive indoor haunted houses—“Adrenaline” and “Insanity”—plus an outdoor “Phobia Haunted Woods” and four “The LAST Ride” burial simulators. My anxiety is rising just typing these words. Eek! Dead by Dawn Dead & Breakfast (Manitowoc) Forget everything you know about

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11 Things To Do in Manitowoc & Two Rivers

When’s the last time you made your way to Manitowoc and Two Rivers? Plan your trip now and enjoy 20 miles of spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline plus a plethora of exciting destinations and events. Here are a few of our favorite spots to discover in the area: Bike, hike or inline skate the Mariners Trail Have some fun in the sun at Neshotah Beach Marvel at the colors during Kites Over Lake Michigan in late Summer Stroll through the historic Rogers Street Fishing Village Enjoy a live performance at the Capitol Civic Centre Observe the works of Picasso (and more!) at

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The Ultimate Wisconsin Bucket List

From our islands to our bluffs, our rolling farmland to our 15,000 lakes, Wisconsin is brimming with tourism treasures. Although not meant to be exhaustive, consider the following bucket list your kick-start to exploring the very best of America’s Dreamland: Take a drive down Highway 42 in Door County Catch a muskie on the world’s largest chain of freshwater lakes in Vilas County Hop on a bike and ride along the Elroy-Sparta Trail Sample deep-fried treats (and a creampuff or two!) at the Wisconsin State Fair Kayak the Apostle Island Sea Caves in Ashland and Bayfield counties (and return in the winter for a view of the

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Haunted Wisconsin: 11 Things To Do This Halloween

Just for you: my round-up of a few of Wisconsin’s best haunted houses, corn mazes, theater shows and more.

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Odd Wisconsin: The State’s 8 Wackiest Roadside Attractions

From off-the-wall festivals to outrageous legends, Wisconsin takes home top honors in the weirdness category. So when it comes to strange roadside attractions, it should surprise no one that the state boasts an impressive collection. Here’s your guide to seven of Wisconsin’s quirkiest roadside attractions: Sputnik Crash Site Manitowoc, Wis. The Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc is full of interesting artifacts, but only one arrived to the museum by crashing down from the sky. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik IV on May 14, 1960. Due to a rocket malfunction, it drifted in space for years before falling out of its orbit on September 6, 1962. Nearly all of the

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