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One Tank Trip for Wisconsin Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
66.3 mile – 1 hour, 37 minutes
We probably don’t have to mention the two things Wisconsin is most famous for: cheese and beer, but we probably should mention the incredibly fertile, rich, rolling plains that make America’s Dairyland so famous and with over 14,000 lakes and around 95 state parks, recreation areas and forests, Wisconsin just might become your next favorite place to indulge yourself on your next RV trip!
Let’s start our journey in Wisconsin Dells, just west of Lake Erie. The Dells have often been referred to as a summer hotspot in the Midwest, but the most incredible fact about the Dells is that no matter what time you visit, they have something going on. Whether you’re looking to ski, snowmobile or sled, you might as well pack a bathing suit and a pair of fins so you can hang out at the Kalahari Waterpark®, the largest indoor/outdoor waterpark in the state when you’ve had enough of the snow outside. The Dells are filled with interesting sites like the House on the Rock, built atop a chimney of rocks, visitors can tour this incredible retreat and the massive collection inside which includes a 200’ sea creature, Titanic memorabilia, an American small town street of yesteryear—yes, you read that right, model ships and more, more, more! It’s been said if you leave the Dells without experiencing a scenic tour, then you really can’t say you’ve experienced the Dells. Take a river tour on a riverboat, jet boat or DUCK, an amphibious vehicle or ride the rails through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Midwest. There’s several ways to do it, just pick one or several and get to exploring!
13.5 miles – 22 minutes
From the Dells we’re heading to Baraboo, just 13.5 miles away. To get there, hop on WI-13S and hook a left at US12E, you’ll be there in no time. Located on the banks of the Baraboo River and amidst the ancient and beautiful bluffs, Baraboo is best known as the birthplace of the Ringling Brothers Circus and home to the Circus World Museum. The Museum offers incredible performances in the summer and amazing exhibits year round. If you travel just a few miles north of Baraboo, you’ll find the International Crane Foundation, a world center for the preservation and study of nature’s tallest flying birds. Guided tours are available and it’s interesting to note this is the only place in the world where you’ll see all 15 species of cranes in one spot. If you make your way to downtown Baraboo, you’ll find a startling array of historic buildings, art galleries, shops and specialty stores and the Al Ringling Theatre. This local treasure has been a focal point of Baraboo for over 80 years and beautifully reflects the bygone era of the golden age. Travel three miles south of the city, you’ll find Devil’s Lake State Park, situated along the Ice Age Trail. The park has spectacular 500 foot cliffs, mountain bike and cross country ski trails, miles upon miles of hiking trails and is the premiere destination for rock climbing. Better bring your rod and reel, because the fish are definitely biting!
34 miles – 42 minutes
Make your way back to US-12 heading east and take a left at WI-19E for the 33 mile trip into Waunakee, our next stop. Lying just north of pristine Lake Mendota, Waunakee is a beautiful destination known for its small town goodness and outdoor fun. Travel to Governor Nelson State Park, right on the shore of Lake Mendota, and you’ll have access to wide array of activities from fishing and hiking to cross country skiing. Want to leave the boating to someone else? Then opt for a cruise on Lake Mendota and you’ll be treated to dinner while you soak up the incredible scenery.
18.8 miles – 33 minutes
From Waunakee, take WI-113S out of town for the 12.8 mile trip around Lake Mendota to our last stop, Madison. Straddling the shores of both Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, Madison is located in a great spot for water enthusiasts who will have easy access to five lakes within a short distance of the city. If you can pull yourself away from the water for a bit, take a tour of the Unitarian Meeting House, a fine example of the brilliance of Frank Lloyd Wright. Don’t pass up the chance to visit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens while in Madison. Spanning some 14 acres, the gardens are situated right on the banks of Lake Monona and showcase waterfalls, beautiful flowers and many exotic plants. It’s a year-round conservatory, so no matter what time of year you visit, you’re free to explore to your heart is content.
Other Area Sponsors in Wisconsin:
Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau
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