on pioneered by French explorers who established outposts at present-day
Bay and Ashland,
the Wisconsin region was divided among neighboring Indiana, Illinois
and Michigan before becoming a separate territory in 1836.
was finally admitted into the Union as the 30th state in 1848 ...
famous for its cheese and dairy products (the state is still the No. 1 milk producer in the US), Wisconsin is a favorite of vacationers for its over 14,000 lakes giving visitors numberless opportunities for fishing and other water sports. Hunting, hiking and outdoor adventure are also favorite activities within the states 93 Wisconsin state parks, and 12 state forests.
Wisconsin Dells in Eau Claire.
If traveling to the city in mid-summer also don't miss the world's largest music festival at Milwaukee's Summerfest staged every year around 4th of July weekend.
Meanwhile, the state's top regional attraction can be found near Spring Green in southwest Wisconsin. Built upon a 60-foot precipice the House on the Rock serves today as a combination resort, tourist attraction, and architectural marvel featuring 14 rooms filled with music machines, a giant sea serpent, more than a hundred chandeliers, 200 carousel figures, and the world's largest cannon!
DID YOU KNOW? Wisconsin Travel Fun Facts
The brat that made Sheboygan famous.
• Its large German immigrant population has made Wisconsin "bratwurst central". Brats are so popular that they often outsell hot dogs at sporting events. Sheboygan currently boasts the title of Bratwurst Capital of the World.
• Famous for its cheeses, Wisconsin has more cows and produces more milk than any other state.