Wisconsin is a state in the Midwest of the United States of America. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Its capital is Madison and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is comprised of 72 counties. It has a total area of 65,497.82 square miles (169,639 square kilometres) and a population of 5,757,564 (2014), which make it the 23rd largest state by area and the 20th most populous.
What to see & do
The state is known in the country for its dairy heritage, as “America’s Dairyland”. Other major contributors to Wisconsin’s economy are manufacturing (especially paper products), information technology (IT), and tourism. It is home to two Great Lakes and thousands of inland lakes and waterways. There are a number of attractions within the state that one must visit, especially in the city of Milwaukee. Check out Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Maier Lakefront Festival Park, and Miller Brewery Tours. Noah's Ark, Mt. Olympus, tours like Wisconsin Ducks, and mini-golf courses are all in Wisconsin Dells. Go to Door County and marvel at this stunning peninsula. Dining in Wisconsin means tasting a lot of German-infused meals and cuisines, which was due to the large German immigration in the state. Your gastronomic trip will most likely include state delicacies like bratwursts, fried cheese curds, frozen custard, as well as other dishes like bouja soup and the famous Friday All-You-Can-Eat fish fry.
How to get around within Wisconsin
If you choose to drive around, note that in the state of Wisconsin, unless there’s a sign that says otherwise, it is legal to make a turn after stopping for a red light. Travelling by plane is possible via Wisconsin’s numerous airports. There are two international airports in the state, Mitchell International in Milwaukee (MKE), which is a hub for Midwest Airlines/Frontier Airlines, and Austin Straubel International in Green Bay (GRB). There are also regional airports in Madison (MSN), Appleton (ATW), Wausau/Stevens Point (CWA), Rhinelander (RHI), La Crosse (LSE), and Eau Claire (EAU). If you opt for public transport, there are buses and trains. There are many bus companies that provide inter- and intra-city services, like Badger Coaches, Greyhound, Indian Trails, and Jefferson Lines, among others. There are two railways that service the state, Hiawatha, which has seven daily roundtrips between Milwaukee and Chicago, with additional stops outside of Racine and at Mitchell Field Airport; and Empire Builder, which runs once daily, and parallels I-94 to Chicago from Seattle, Washington.
How to get there
There are several airports that serve the state, with different classifications. Among those that offer commercial service are Outagamie County Regional Airport, Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Austin Straubel International Airport, La Crosse Regional Airport, Dane County Regional Airport (Truax Field), General Mitchell International Airport, Central Wisconsin Airport, and Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. The airlines that operate in these airports include Midwest Airlines/Frontier Airlines, which have a hub in the state; Delta Air Lines, which provides the most comprehensive service in Wisconsin; American, Continental Express (Cleveland and Newark), US Airways, AirTran, and Southwest. Other ways of getting in include by bus, via companies like Greyhound, Megabus, Van Galder, and Jefferson Bus; by train, via Amtrak and the Chicagoland Metra; and seasonal ferry services (from late Spring through early Fall) via Lake Express and S.S. Badger.