TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN WISCONSIN BY BIKE

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN WISCONSIN BY BIKE

Adrian Ciocirlan

We were so delighted that this is the place to find the fabulous architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest American architects! But that’s not all. You should see by yourself what an interesting journey we have for today.

1. Milwaukee
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Milwaukee is full of interesting and educational attractions to keep you busy every hour of the day.

There are over 100 miles of bike lanes along its streets and a number of trails throughout the city, including the Beerline, KK River, Oak Leaf and Hank Aaron trails.

So take your bike! They also have the bike sharing system, affectionately named Bublr Bikes, with many stations located throughout the downtown. What to do here? Come on!
Strolling along the two-mile long RiverWalk by the Milwaukee River is an excellent and unique way to get to know Milwaukee. You can stop at one of many great restaurants or brewpubs along the way.

Numerous exhibitions of public art turn the RiverWalk into a sort of outdoor gallery where you can see the current art trends in the city. Stroll along the river past great shops, cafes and restaurants. Then, experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and special floral gardens touring the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.

Also, don’t forget to visit the trendy Historic Third Ward on your weekend trip in Milwaukee.

2. Madison
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The majestic State Capitol building seems like a fitting place to start your visit to Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.


Being so routinely written up as one of America's most livable communities that it's easy to forget Wisconsin's capital and second-largest city (metro population 555,000) also ranks as a top weekend destination.

Here you can cruise in kayaks, visit Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures, bike 200 miles of trails and dine at restaurants from an international menu that ranges from Wisconsin brats to Ethiopian stews. Plus, Madison has a downright cool location, perched on an isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona.

Art and history lovers can tour the iconic Wisconsin State Capitol, visit the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and explore the Chazen Museum of Art.
The most important to remember: 200 miles of trails for you to ride in this cosmopolite city!


3. Lake Geneva
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The beautiful lake-side town of Lake Geneva ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding an idyllic year-round vacation destination in southern Wisconsin.


As a biker, you will be more than happy here!

The Lake Geneva Bike Path, with five different, color-coded segments, offers bikers a choice in routes throughout the community.
For picturesque views of the White River you should take the Blue Route that begins near Lake Geneva Middle School on N. Bloomfield Road and winds northwest emerging into downtown Lake Geneva. For a scenic ride through forest laden wetlands, take the Yellow Route. Veterans Park is the final destination when you take the Green Route, biking along Townline Road to this city park, where you’ll find playgrounds, walking paths and softball fields. area residences and businesses along the route, including the large retail outlets along N. Edwards Boulevard. Going on the Red Route provides easy access to the east side of Lake Geneva and area residences and businesses along the route, including the large retail outlets along N. Edwards Boulevard.

Looking for a quick ride, then the Brown Route, the shortest of the paths, is the one for you, crossing in front of Lake Geneva Middle School.


For mountain bikers, Lake Geneva offers two great sites to explore. Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, with almost 9 miles of mountain biking trails and Grand Geneva Resort’s new Adventure Center with 8.5 miles of beautiful terrain. Both offer trails that range in difficulty from easy to expert. Don’t have your bike with you? You can rent one at Grand Geneva.

4. Spring Green
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The town of Spring Green is located along the banks of the Wisconsin River offering visitors great potential for outdoor activities in the lovely River Valley.


It’s probably already on your agenda as the home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and the House on the Rock, but there’s actually a ton of cool stuff to do in and around Spring Green, making it the perfect place to spend a weekend discovering all this little town has to offer.


No amount of study can substitute for an in-person visit to Taliesin. Here you’ll enjoy the beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home, take in nature’s magnificent panorama, and trace the arc of Wright’s creative vision.
Begin your day at Tower Hill State Park. Hike to the top of the bluff high above the Wisconsin River to the reconstructed 1800s shot tower and smelter house, where you can see a small exhibit and video about making shot video. Head down the road to the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center where is your gateway to all things Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect. Overlooking the scenic Wisconsin River is a Wright-designed building where you can purchase a tour, shop in the Taliesin Bookstore, and enjoy a meal in the Riverview Terrace Cafe, all while taking in the picturesque view through windows which sweep the entire building. Their regular season runs May 1 through October 31 and includes five types of tours.

You can ride on Taliesin Loop (32 miles) up to here, of course. Elevation changes make this route a challenge but a delightful ride.
Go next to Alex Jordan's House on the Rock, atop a limestone spire that overlooks the valley and Wright's beloved home, is rooted in spite. Jordan promised to get even and "put a Japanese house up out there.''
End your day with a healthy dose of Shakespeare, Shaw, or Tennessee Williams at American Players Theatre. Art, cycling, architecture, great dining, what to desire more?


5. Green Bay
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Fun in Green Bay is the oldest town in Wisconsin, dating back to the 1600’s, and is famously home to the Green Bay Packers NFL team, who you can see in action at the Lambeau Field. 

If you like history, then you will love this 48 acre park in Green Bay that sits nestled on the east bank of the Fox River. Aside from the lush parkland, the big draw here is the heritage village which is made up of twenty five restored buildings that date back to the 17th century and are dotted all over the park.


Skip searching for a parking spot and grab your bike to head downtown! Easy access via sharrows, bike lanes or preferred routes along with the Fox River Trail can get you downtown safely on your bicycle. Once you reach downtown lock up at one of the many rack facilities throughout the districts. Don't have a bike? No problem. You can rent a bike (or kayak) from Expedition Addicts or Broken Spoke Bike Studio.

6. La Crosse
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La Crosse is situated along the western border of Wisconsin, hugging the east bank of the Mississippi River, and the close proximity of three rivers make it an ideal playground for water-sport enthusiasts who can go fishing, paddling, kayaking or cruising.


Take your bike with you or rent one, because we have lot to do for bikers here.
You can ride the Apple Blossom Loop (35 miles), a very popular loop, often tackled after work by local riders. It’s also a good place to start for anyone new to road biking, or to the Driftless region. It heads west across the mighty Mississippi and through the village of La Crescent before beginning a journey up the rural Pine Creek Valley.


Baristas Epic Coffee Ride (44 miles) is another charming ride you can try. Cross the Mississippi river and climb five easy hills as you head out and back along the flat bottom of the Root River valley. The halfway point is the bicycle-friendly Barista’s Coffee House in Houston, Minnesota. It’s the coffee that makes this easy ride into an epic outing. Here you will find such a bike friendly town, with La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival! Enjoy two-wheeled bliss through the scenic valleys of the Mississippi River!

7. Kenosha
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Kenosha is situated on the south-western shore of Lake Michigan and offers a long list of entertaining attractions for all ages.


Hop on the bike and start your ride on Pike Bike Trail. You can hike or bike along the 10.2-mile trail through Kenosha County. The scenic trail runs along points of interest including three National Register Historic Districts, Lake Michigan, two historic lighthouses, recreational opportunities, Poerio Nature Center and more.


Or ride on Kenosha County Bike Trail consisting of approximately 14 miles of limestone path. The north trail is accessed at 35th Street and 28th Avenue and heads north to the Racine / Kenosha County line. The south trail is located at 89th Street and 30th Avenue and heads south to the Illinois / Wisconsin State line.


If you are a mountain biking lover, give it a ride to Silver Lake Park for the Fat Tire Bike Trails. Silver Lake Park is home to 10 miles of mountain bike trails that accommodate all levels from beginner to professional riders. During the winter, the wide trails are machine-groomed, as are connectors in some of the open areas. Double track trails are open to standard mountain bikes, hikers, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dog walkers. But, single track trails are open only to snow bikes (fat-bikes) or bikes with tires wider than 3.7 inches.

8. Oshkosh
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Oshkosh is widely known as Wisconsin’s Event City and has an impressive list of activities to keep visitors on the go all day long.
The Oshkosh area offers outstanding bicycling. The city is home to trails that provide enjoyable riding for cyclists of all abilities. The River Walk – link to River Walk page – follows the Fox River downstream from the center of the city. That trail now connects to the Wiouwash Trail, which follows an old railroad bed north and west of Oshkosh. The trail is in two sections and crosses Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano Counties and it crosses prairies and wetlands.
Some ambitious cyclists ride the entire way around Lake Winnebago. It’s not a short ride – the route is about 90 miles – but with its delicious restaurants and relaxing hotels, Oshkosh is the perfect place to launch a long-distance (or short-distance) cycling adventure. Every August, cyclists compete around Lake Winnebago in Race the Lake.

9. Devil’s Lake
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At Devil’s Lake State Park in south-central Wisconsin you can look forward to get back to nature in the state’s oldest and most popular State Park.

Here you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities against the backdrop of enormous quartzite bluffs which overlook the 360-acre lake. If you're looking for an easy, scenic ride, consider the riding around the North Shore or South Shore areas of Devil's Lake, where traffic is generally slow and there's lots to see and do.

Those with their own bikes might also consider riding along the Baraboo River in Baraboo, or checking out the lovely downtown area. Devil's Lake does not rent bicycles of any kind, but if you are looking to rent a good bike or just need good info on local rides, visit Wildside off Hwy. 12 in Baraboo.


Off-road trail systems in the greater Devil's Lake/Baraboo area are very limited. Trail riding is available on the Upland Trail (8 miles) at Devils Lake State Park and at Mirror Lake State Park (9 miles of ridable trails), but terrain is limited to double track fire roads in both parks (which serve as nordic ski trails during winter months).

These wide, gravel roads can provide a decent workout or a fun 1-2 hour family ride, but they won't satisfy anyone looking for interesting, challenging single track mountain biking.
More serious/skilled riders will want to check out Devils Head Resort, which maintains a single track trail system open to public use for $7.00/day (or $75.00/season).

When the trail system is well maintained (some years are better than others), it is pretty awesome single track. Bike-less riders may rent a mountain bike at Devil's Head for $20/day.
For good riding, you have also the places further south like Blue Mound State Park, CamRock 3, or the Emma Carlin or John Muir trail systems in Kettle Moraine.

10. Cave Point County Park
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Cave Point County Park forms part of the Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County, along the impressive coastline of Lake Michigan.


Cave Point, a place with a truly spectacular view is a popular sightseeing stop for tourist who know the area well. It is often missed by many because it is a County Park and not a State or National Park. T

he view from high above the bluff is spectacular. It is known for its underwater caves and wave-worn limestone cliffs by fisherman, scuba divers, photographers and nature observers. Biking is very popular in this area, with blacktopped roads and half mile hiking trail. The 19 acre park itself has picnic tables, grills, fire rings, a gazebo, and restrooms. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and take note of the wide variety of birds. After your visit to Cave Point County Park, make your way south to the shipbuilding city of Sturgeon Bay. Every type of vessel imaginable can be found here, from expensive yachts to tugboats to huge ocean ships.

Our favorite for today (if we would have to choose only one place) is Spring Green, for sure! But what is yours? Stop our cat-like curiosity and tell us your favorite at happytohelp@bikeroo.net!