June 01, 2006

Around Wisconsin

Visit Wisconsin and See The World!
Yes, Virginia, there really is a Berlin, Wisconsin. Or, how about traveling all the way to Athens to see, not Caesar, but a colorfully named Wisconsin community? From Lebanon to Kingston, Brussels to Stockholm, Oxford, Luxemburg, Denmark, Montreal, Genoa, Waterloo, Germantown, Sparta, Ontario....Wisconsin's diverse cultural heritage is reflected in the names chosen for its towns and cities. You can take a trip around the globe and never leave the state! Find out more about our state's cities and towns at Wistravel.com, and keep on globetrotting Around Wisconsin!

Around Wisconsin!

Wisconsin's Own Belgium

Nature Valley Grand PrixThe people of Belgium, Wisconsin invite you to share a unique combination: old world charm and the natural scenic beauty of rolling terrain to the shore of Lake Michigan. Belgic Luxembourgers -- from the part of old Luxembourg annexed by Belgium--settled in the area of the present Township and Village of Belgium in the middle of the 19th century. Descendants of the original families still live in the area today, and preserve their heritage. At the turn of the century, limestone was quarried on the site presently occupied by Harrington Beach State Park. A whole company town existed along the shore of Lake Michigan. Several of the company houses were moved west to the Village of Belgium and can be seen there today. The remains of the pier at which ships loaded can still be seen from the park. Where the quarry was in the early 1900s, today there is a serene lake and a nature trail.

A Dash of Merry Olde England

Nature Valley Grand PrixRunning right through the center of Cambridge, beautiful Koskonong Creek remains popular with canoeists. In the winter it is a favorite of cross country skiers who follow its path through the Cam-Rock system. Lake Ripley is a spring-fed gem of a lake that has long been a lure for city weary souls. Its crown jewel is Ripley Park, a quiet comfortable area of open land nestled on the west shoreline. Owned by Cambridge Foundation, the beach is open to the public, has a fine swimming area and all sorts of recreational and picnicking equipment. Cambridge is also home to the Cambridge Pottery Festival.

A Visit To Florence

Nature Valley Grand PrixFlorence is the county seat of Florence County, which was named after the first white woman to settle in the area. The name was first applied to the Florence iron mine, and then to the town and county. With 110 lakes and 165 miles of rivers, Florence County will keep even the most ambitous adventurer busy with its rugged waterfalls and rock walled rapids. Whisker Lake Wilderness Area, located to the north, is the second largest wilderness area in the state. The name is derived from the majestic pines near the shoreline of Whisker Lake. Timber cruisers from days gone by dubbed these pine "chin whiskers". These "chin whiskers" miraculously escaped the wildfires that ravaged the area after logging in the early 1900's. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest features a number of trails through six distinctly different areas of the forest including the Whisker Lake Trail, a network of old logging roads and railroad beds.

Princeton in America

Nature Valley Grand PrixBrowse "Wisconsin's Largest Weekly Outdoor Flea Market" while you're in Princeton. Enjoy shopping, food, refreshments and visits with great friends. Featuring over 180 booths every week, the market is held every Saturday April thru October in the City Park, attracting thousands of shoppers weekly. Admission and parking is free, and you're certain to find yourself a bargain. In addition to the weekly flea market, there are quaint shops with unique merchandise, comfortable restaurants with sumptuous menus, and breathtaking natural resources. There are also several festivals throughout the year.

Plymouth, Wisconsin

Nature Valley Grand PrixLike many other Wisconsin communities, Plymouth started as a stagecoach stop on a Native American trail and wilderness road from Sheboygan to the interior of the state. In 2002, Plymouth celebrated its 125th anniversary. Since Plymouth was founded, this diverse city has been enjoying growth and expansion. With that growth, time has aged what once was a delightfully new and developing place, but it has not taken away any of Plymouth's original beauty. Plymouth has the good fortune of being placed just east of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, offering visitors four seasons of great recreational opportunities. The Forest offers biking, hiking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and a fabulous vista of fall colors.

Events in Wisconsin

June 01-03 Madison - 18th Annual Isthmus Jazz Festival. Enjoy great jazz and good times at the Union Terrace on the shores of Lake Mendota.
June 01--04 Thorp - Thorp Dairy Days. Truck pull, horse pull, mini rods, carnival, soft ball, dairy day breakfast, parade on Sunday. North Side Park.
June 09-11 Crandon - 4th Annual FCP Gathering Thunder Biker Rally. Featuring music by John Kay & Steppenwolf and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
June 09-11 Hillsboro - Cesky Den Czech Heritage Festival. Polka dances & ethnic foods at Firemen's Park.

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