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Wisconsin

Must See's

Old World Wisconsin in Eagle is one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor museums on 600 acres of forest and prairie in southeastern Wisconsin. There are some 60 authentic 19th century historic buildings assembled into 10 farmsteads to tour, as well as the Aldo Leopold Environmental History Trail which sends hikers through woods and prairies, along ponds and marshes, where they are apt to spot wildlife such as wild turkeys, deer, songbirds and cranes.

Frank Lloyd Wright Touring Opportunities include buildings that span Wright’s career. Notable is Taliesin in Spring Green, a 600-acre estate once Wright’s home and declared a National Landmark in 1976. Wisconsin features numerous other Wright designs to tour or view. The Wright-designed Seth Peterson Cottage near Wisconsin Dells recently opened to the public for rental.

Sheboygan is located on the shores of Lake Michigan along Wisconsin's eastern border. Its many restored buildings add to its quaint atmosphere. Visitors can meander along the picturesque riverfront boardwalk to explore fish shanties that have been turned into shops, galleries and restaurants or charter a boat for an afternoon of guided Great Lakes sport fishing. The new Harbor Centre Marina and Lakeview Trail offer spectacular waterfront views, and Kohler-Andrae State Park is a draw for outdoor enthusiasts. Sheboygan still humbly retains its "Bratwurst Capital of the World" status.

The EAA AirVenture Museum is one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world. The museum's many exhibits include the Eagle Hanger, showcasing aircraft of World War II; a display of the "Voyager," the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling; a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, the original Wright brothers' plane; and Hanger X, an interactive gallery for kids of all ages.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. It depicts more than 100 years of Great Lakes maritime history through compelling exhibits and displays. The USS COBIA, the most authentic World War II submarine in the nation, is a museum highlight. Visitors can also explore the Wisconsin-built Boat Gallery; a working, 67-ton, two-story steam engine; the USS RASHER Concourse with a World War II periscope; and a state-of-the-art library.

The House on the Rock
The world-famous House on the Rock features hundreds of bizarre displays and out-of-the-ordinary collections. The world's largest carousel, standing 35 feet tall and illuminated with more than 20,000 lights, is a rare masterpiece. A giant sea creature that is longer than the Statue of Liberty is tall lurks here as well. The most spectacular display is the daring Infinity Room, a glass-walled structure that projects 218 feet over the Wyoming Valley, which lies 156 feet below. Built atop a 60-foot chimney of rock, The House on the Rock is an architectural wonder in itself.

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