I discovered there is nothing more beautiful than a drive through Wisconsin, whether it be north, south, east or west. Several weeks ago my husband and I drove from Saint Paul, MN to Three Lakes, WI to spend a week with family. There were no interstates, just a ribbon of beauty winding through the forests, lakes and farmlands of northern Wisconsin. Some of the things that never cease to amaze me are how clean the sides of the roads are and how the communities obviously take pride in their hometown. The variety of mom and pop places is heartening to see. Make it a point to stop in and visit. We want them to remain open as long as possible. Always seek out the local diners, where the food will be amazing, with a bill to match. I find myself leaving 30% tips as I feel somewhat guilty that the meal was so good, yet so cheap. You won't find friendlier people anywhere on the planet. Enjoy them and let them tell you their story! Make it a point to stop at the yard sales, junk shops and antique stores. Treasures are there just waiting to be found, and the folks managing them are part of the treasure! But the one thing that everyone needs, and Wisconsin has plenty of, is silence. Get off the beaten path, find a sunny spot on a lake, and prepare to be met with silence (birds don't count). At night, add the stars and the Milky Way. But don't forget the bug spray!
Our journey took us through the northern part of the state this time, but the experience is the same in most parts of the state. Just get out there and take it in, make a memory!