MKE Traveler: La Crosse
Nestled along the Mississippi River and framed by majestic bluffs teeming with wildlife, La Crosse is the perfect weekend escape, especially as the trees turn vivid and cooler temps make outdoor activities a joy.
The Ultimate Milwaukee Outdoor Bucket List
When we say “bucket list,” you might think of lofty, extreme goals – climb Mount Everest, skydive from an airplane, book a flight to some far-flung destination. But not every bucket list requires a plane ticket or an epic summit. We’ve put together a list of can’t-miss attractions right in our Wisconsin backyard, each one guaranteed to get you outdoors and take full advantage of your home base in The Good Land.
MKE Traveler: Door County
Door County is the perfect getaway for a family vacation, a romantic escape or an exciting girls (or guys) weekend. And the best part? This almost tropical paradise (with slightly colder water) is less than 2 ½ hours away.
10 Great Spots to Enjoy the Arts Outdoors
Many people wonder how Wisconsinites can endure the long winter months filled with short, dark days and below-zero temperatures. But most who ponder this have never experienced summer in Wisconsin. With warm temperatures, lush greenery and more lakes than Minnesota, Wisconsin summers are nothing short of magical.
M Traveler: Madison
Madison provides more entertainment than just a tour of the stunning Wisconsin State Capitol building and a rousing Badgers football game. A center for intellectual thought and healthy debate, it also caters to foodies, art aficionados and nature lovers. In fact, this spring Madison is blooming with reasons to make the drive — and to tote your bike.
M Traveler: Lake Geneva
Picture this: The sun is glistening of the pristine lake, and waterfront mansions dot the shoreline as families frolic on a nearby beach. It’s a beautiful summer day in Lake Geneva. Now, subtract 60 degrees, add snow, and watch Lake Geneva transform from a summertime retreat to a winter wonderland; for many cold weather fans, this makes for an even better getaway.
In The Neighborhood: Thiensville
There’s something special about a small-town holiday celebration, and Thiensville epitomizes small-town America, complete with cute shops, great restaurants and friendly people strolling down Main Street. Spending a day in Thiensville feels like stepping into a Norman Rockwell  painting — but with cell phones and Wi-Fi.
In The Neighborhood: Wauwatosa
As its seemingly endless construction nears completion, the Village of Wauwatosa shines, offering a European-esque dining and shopping destination for all ages.
In The Neighborhood: Delafield
Delafield is a little town with a big personality. People of all ages and interests can enjoy the area’s natural beauty, wildlife, recreation and amenities. Take a relaxing stroll through the downtown district, explore its surrounding sights for an active day trip, or try a combination of the two before the weather turns.
M traveler: Devil’s Lake State Park
As autumn arrives and nature beckons, consider driving two hours northwest to Devil’s Lake State Park. Feel the freshly fallen leaves crunch underfoot as you hike the park’s myriad trails, and visit nearby Baraboo, which offers a wealth of dining options and events.  
In The Neighborhood: Shorewood
Want to hang out in a trendy neighborhood with eclectic shops and tasty yet affordable restaurants? Look no further than Shorewood’s Oakland Avenue, where hipster vibes are in full force on this recently updated main street.
72 Hours In MKE
In the spirit of summer Fridays and long weekends, we asked three local writers to compile a full-day itinerary for exploring their side of town. The result is a three-day guide to enjoying the greater Milwaukee area, from the rolling hills of Lake Country and the North Shore’s picturesque coastline to the ever-growing culinary mecca that is downtown and its surrounding neighbors.
A River Reimagined
Twenty years after the North Avenue Dam’s removal, conservationists look back on what worked in restoring the Milwaukee River and its surrounding green space, and why engaging the community in these efforts is more important than ever.
The bustling atmosphere of Brady Street translates to great shopping, dining and people watching. Yet at this neighborhood’s center stands one of my favorite Milwaukee images, which is markedly more peaceful: St. Hedwig’s steeple, tall and serene in the nighttime sky.
This tree-lined, walkable neighborhood with expansive views of Lake Michigan appeals to lots of folks. Dog lovers adore the new Bay View Dog Park on Bay Street; families love the parks and play areas (especially Humboldt Park and South Shore Park); and bikers and hikers love the Oak Leaf Trail’s stretch along the lake.
M TRAVELER: Apostle Islands
For an active summer escape that doesn’t require a plane ride and isn’t overrun with tourists, look no further than the spellbinding Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
In Riverwest, baby boomers and OG hippies peacefully coexist with millennials and hipsters. You’ll also run into artists, writers, musicians, yogis and plenty of other folks too. No matter which group you identify with, Riverwest is a progressive, charmingly quirky, all-around cool place to explore.
Summerfest Celebrates 50 Years
For 50 years, Summerfest has brought together people from all backgrounds who share a passion for music. It’s what Summerfest has striven for since the start, says Bob Babisch, vice president of entertainment. “Let’s get all the people from Milwaukee to get together and celebrate the summer and good vibes, if you will, and great music and all the different cultures,” he says.
Staycation: All You Ever Wanted
Pamper yourself in town with more options, thanks to newer hotels with beyond-basic amenities.

Story Hill might look like it jumped off the pages of a children’s book, but the name actually came from Hiram Story, who settled the land in the 1840s. Story discovered that mining the stone beneath his farmland would be a bigger moneymaker than farming, and he was right.
Another World
A former Milwaukeean’s journey from advertising exec to photographer.
M IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Menomonee River Valley
“If you build it, they will come.” This iconic line from the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” refers to a baseball field in Iowa, but it could easily be about the Menomonee Valley.
M TRAVELER: Sheboygan
It’s not just the “Bratwurst Capital of the World.” Sheboygan, about an hour north of Milwaukee, is bringing the sizzle to vacations and weekend getaways. Get out on Lake Michigan for fishing, sailing and kayaking.
10 great places to hole up and play board games
Crummy weather? Bored of staring at the computer screen? Sounds like a great day to get a coffee (or perhaps something stronger) with a friend — or three — and unpack a board game. Here are 10 game-friendly places throughout the Milwaukee area.
“Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” Whether or not you recognize the opening line from “Laverne & Shirley,” check out The Brewery, a funky new neighborhood of restored buildings in the former Pabst production complex.
Search “coolest Milwaukee neighborhoods” on Google, and Walker’s Point is consistently a top contender. Home to restaurants, breweries, bars and thriving art and antique scenes, the neighborhood also hosts the annual Milwaukee Pride Parade in June.
M TRAVELER: Rib Mountain State Park
No need to hibernate this winter. Pack up the skis and snowboards and the family and head north to Wausau in Marathon County, where playing in the snow is a way of life.  
Around the world in 21 days
“We flew up a fjord and right into the rapidly rising terrain — a glacier. We climbed quickly along the glacier, disappearing back up into the clouds again,” recounts Rolf Berg, a Menomonee Falls resident.
Take a Hike!
Celebrate National Take a Hike Day on Nov. 17, and start a new family tradition! Milwaukee County alone boasts more than 140 parks and parkways, spanning upward of 150,000 acres and many miles of trails — offering individuals and families amazing opportunities to explore the wild world of nature close to home.
All aboard
Forever traveling in our songs and dreams are the A Train, the Orange Blossom Special and the City of New Orleans. A new locomotive is about to enter that lore: the Ghost Train. It will cross the intersections of technology and history.
No passport required
Got the itch to travel abroad, but lack the time and money? During the summer, Milwaukeeans can scratch that itch at Irish Fest or one of many other international festivals, but once festival season subsides, they may yearn for fresh, foreign and festive experiences. Worry not! Cream City has plenty to offer the would-be traveler.
Hidden Gems
Jeremy Fojut, co-founder and "chief idea officer" of NEWaukee, is always on the hunt for Milwaukee gems. "I don’t think anything is hidden," he enthuses. "Gems are in plain sight." For Fojut, a gem is something that is artisan, well-crafted, authentic and has a story.
Design-Inspired Destinations
With such a strong and thriving arts community right here in Milwaukee, it’s easy to forget that our neighbors are pretty creative too. 
Let there be light
The Trojans built a seaside fire tower at the ancient city of Sigeum in 1300 B.C. The Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor was erected in 1716 as America’s first lighthouse. And in 1789, the First U. S. Congress set up the United States Lighthouse Establishment in its ninth official piece of legislation. Navigational aids have always been a sailor’s salvation.
Bespoke Camping
With the weather warming up and Wisconsin Bike Week this June 6 to 11, the trails are beckoning. Whether you’re a canoe camper who commutes by bike or a recreational rider hoping to explore more of the landscape, consider a new adventure: bike camping. I
Play time - Milwaukee style
Looking for something fun to do with kids in Milwaukee? Pick a card — not just any card, but a Play Milwaukee card.
Quaffing beer is among Milwaukee’s most popular sports each warm summer. Brewskis have been taken seriously here since at least the 1830s, and they’ve solidified this position since the community’s earliest days as a Teutonic stronghold.
My kind of beach
One of the great advantages to living in southeast Wisconsin is the easy access to a variety of beaches. As summer takes hold and the water warms up, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than soaking up the sun on the shores of an area lake.
Back to the basics
If summer sleepover camp is a great childhood memory, Camp Wandawega is your chance to relive it. With your kids.
Grafton residents have always known the village’s downtown district was a diamond in the rough. Now, thanks to recent revitalization efforts, including new streets and sidewalks, a pedestrian plaza and river walk, visitors are discovering this gem of a community.
One of just three "Greenbelt" communities in the United States, the village of Greendale’s history is unique. The Franklin Roosevelt administration built the planned community – marked by the "greenbelt" of forests and parks surrounding the area – in 1936 to provide much needed jobs and better housing for families at the height of the Great Depression.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Once a nondescript bingo hall in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has transformed into an entertainment destination, with slot machines, gaming tables, award-winning restaurants, a theater that attracts national acts — and now a four-star hotel.
Revitalizing Port
Emily Kapszukiewicz and her fiance, Alex Funk, chose to live in Port Washington in early 2013 because it was centrally located between their jobs.
Gather by the river
Milwaukee, according to the language of its original Native American inhabitants, means gathering place by the water. The downtown Riverwalk has become a very popular place for all sorts of gatherings. Here are seven activities to enjoy along the Riverwalk this summer.
Places: Brown Deer Village
A century ago, Brown Deer’s original village center, a triangular area surrounded by railroad tracks to the west, Green Bay Road to the east and Brown Deer Road to the north, was the hub of the community, humming with basic services like a barber shop, grocery store, ice cream parlor and service garage.
Making friends in high places
Sometime soon, you may be invited to spend the night in the arms of Apollo, the Gemini Twins or even Wild Bill. The trees at Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville all seem to have names, and Jessica Jens, the center’s executive director, would like visitors to get to know them, up close and personally.
Turner Hall
Established more than 130 years ago, Turner Hall honors Milwaukee’s rich German heritage in every sense of the word. The building was designed by a German architect, named after a German-American association and remains under the supervision of that same organization.
Trail mix
Metro Milwaukee boasts more than 300 miles of recreational trails, and you’re sure to find a perfect one to explore each month of the year. Here’s a sample of what the area has to offer.
Whitefish Bay
Located at the corner of Silver Spring and Lake drives, Winkie’s has been a family tradition for generations. The upscale variety shop, which dates to the 1940s, carries an array of novelty gift items.
SUITE success
Whether they’re here for business, pleasure, or both, visitors to Milwaukee are finding many more choice hotel rooms in town lately, with more on the horizon.
Heart of the action
The recently opened Three Bridges Park in the Menomonee Valley is the latest step in the transformation of a long-abandoned rail yard into a popular destination for families and a growing number of businesses and employees in the area.
Milwaukee Icons 08-12-13
The home of the Milwaukee Brewers is an impressive attraction with its red brick façade, arched windows and retractable roof. Baseball players and the Racing Sausages aren’t the only ones to have graced the field. President George W. Bush threw the first pitch on the park’s inaugural opening day on April 6, 2001. 
Visit Waukesha 08-12-13
Historic charm, an ever-growing arts scene and a slew of new restaurants and gourmet food shops have revitalized downtown Waukesha.
Lower prices make winter a great time to visit the Windy City 02-11-13
CHICAGO — It’s sleek, shiny and sensational. But let’s add two more words to describe Chicago for tourists: darn expensive. On Feb. 1, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago jumped to $23 for out-of-state visitors. In the past month, a host of other price hikes that affect tourists have also taken effect: Museum of Science and Industry ticket prices rose. 

Midwest Travel 

Why autumn is the best time for a trip to the Boundary Waters
Paddling across White Iron Lake, I looked up at the sky, cloudless and blue. Then I glided around a bend and spotted them: a pair of slim maple trees, rising from the rocky shoreline, burst into a brilliant orange.
Think you know Lake Superior? A 1,300-mile route gives new perspective
Vibrant blue-green water lapped at my kayak, bobbing beside towering sandstone cliffs. Seagulls squawked overhead. The water that sprayed from my paddle was ice-cold, a reminder that I was paddling the largest — and coldest — of the Great Lakes.
The Indianapolis 500 is awesome, but there's a lot more to do in this Midwestern Venice
INDIANAPOLIS — It was quite the scene. Thor aka Chris Hemsworth dropped the green flag. Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers cheered on his girlfriend Danica Patrick.
Go around the world in these 5 Chicago neighborhoods
The modest "kitchen," if it could be called that, had drawn a crowd.
Under the shade of a white plastic tent, a man and woman bowed over a grill, flipping tortillas. Fragrant smoke spiraled into the air. A cluster of diners stood in the street, eagerly awaiting their prizes.
Travelers overlooking Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky miss out on style, substance
Cincinnati is a city that often fails to get its proper due. Along with fellow Midwestern stalwarts St. Louis, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Kansas City, Mo., it’s often overlooked in favor of other metropolises perceived as being more glamorous.
Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion
Gliding across northern Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion on a sleek, deluxe racing sailboat known as an A-scow is like any other lake-sailing experience — only with the adrenaline cranked up to 10.
Milwaukee: More than just beer here
MILWAUKEE — "Arrived in Milwaukee. Found beer," my social media post said. Because honestly, beer is about the only thing I knew about the city. And make no mistake, beer is big there.
Minnesota island retreat takes on a different tone in fall
As the vintage wooden Chris-Craft shaved a path into the still lake, shades of coral, cherry and lime rippled in the trailing wake.
The florid shoreline, replicated in those blurred patches of water, seemed to be preening.
Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit
MILWAUKEE — It took only a couple of hours to hear the inevitable.
"What do you have that tastes like Miller Lite?" In a city made famous by pale and mostly bland beer, I was surprised it took so long.
From bar to barber shop: Visit Hemingway haunts in Northern Michigan
PETOSKEY, Mich. — "You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another," wrote Ernest Hemingway in "The Sun Also Rises."
Chippewa Falls pours on the charm
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — This county seat just beyond the fringes of Eau Claire may have discovered the elixir to attract new tourists and millennial-friendly businesses.
Iowa State Fair: the Disneyland of state fairs
The Iowa State Fair, which runs through Sunday, was described to me as "our Disneyland. Well, not really … but it is". It's something people look forward to every year, and it's easy to see why.
Exploring the revived Eau Claire, Wis.
My Wisconsin hometown is easy to miss — the real Eau Claire, that is. Take any of its three I-94 exits, 90 miles east of the Twin Cities, and you’ll find gas stations, fast-food joints, chain hotels, a shopping mall. Nothing too memorable.

Vacation Spots


North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley offers authentic peak at yesteryear 10-29-2018

Nature nurtures at inn near Hilo 10-29-2018

SeaWorld Orlando tour offers close encounter with walruses 10-22-2018

It’s official: SeaWorld is getting another coaster that will debut in 2019 10-15-2018

Leavenworth it? Assessing 2 new spots in the Pacific Northwest’s little Bavaria 10-08-2018

Country music came of age in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, which still raises the roof 10-08-2018

Why visit Kentucky’s Paducah? Because artists, preservationists and foodies think you should 10-01-2018

Off the grid: Exploring the San Juans’ most remote islands 10-01-2018

Yosemite resort pioneers covered wagon camping in California   09-24-2018

Break away from Kauai’s beaches and take your taste buds on a tour 09-24-2018

American Airlines renovated museum awaits aviation fans 09-17-2018

Flying high while hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch  09-10-2018

‘Bruce Lee’s Chinatown’ tour offers a personal look at Lee, beyond martial arts stardom 09-03-2018

Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans? 08-27-2018

A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West in all its glory 08-27-2018





Travel Features

Paradise Found
Gardens can be fascinating places for meandering, meditation or mental and physical healing. And, southeastern Wisconsin is home to some of the loveliest public gardens in the country, where you can explore the many gifts of nature.
Drive and dine
Sometimes the best road trips are those with a savory reward at the end: an unforgettable restaurant meal. Fortunately, within an hour of downtown Milwaukee are several decadent options, from a throwback steakhouse with Lake Michigan views to a pizzeria with pies that rival those baked in Italy.
Mobile streaming
Aaron Carman likens owning a vintage Airstream trailer to owning a classic car, both for the wow factor on the open road and the ongoing maintenance issues. He and wife Amy found the 1971 Airstream about five years ago on eBay — it was in a barn in Eau Claire — and have been restoring it ever since.
The life loyal
Several times each year, Loyal Mehnert, 34, will veto a resort-style vacation in favor of a volunteer project.
Make your escape
It’s springtime, a season for slipping into a driving mode and rambling. Among the limitless "best" driving destinations are long-time favorites and several new explorations to consider. The only criteria: Get up and go! With this season’s high gas prices, the following suggestions are within a half-day drive from greater Milwaukee, making it easy on the pocketbook.
The holidays have a natural hustle and bustle to them that charms children and puts everyone in a good mood. But if the thought of the upcoming holidays feels more like a hassle, maybe it’s time to rethink your celebration.







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