15 Essential Travel Tips When Visiting Wisconsin

Between the scorching heat of Wisconsin summers and the bitter cold of their winters, travel in Wisconsin can be unpredictable. So if you’re planning a visit to Wisconsin, it is best to come prepared for anything. Here are some of the best travel tips when planning your Wisconsin getaway.  

1. Pack layers

Whether you are traveling in the summer, fall, winter, or spring—always pack layers.  Wisconsin is notorious for being chilly when you wake up and easing up throughout the day during spring and summer. During the winter months it is a necessity to pack a lot of warm layers if you will be participating in any of Wisconsin’s outdoor activities. Wisconsin winter temperatures can fall to 20 below zero but usually stay in the teens and single digits. 

2. Plan a getaway during spring or fall

Not only does planning a Wisconsin getaway in the fall and spring call for a beautiful trip—it also means no mosquitos. Wisconsinites joke that the mosquito is the state’s second state bird. Not only are you avoiding these nasty, vacation-ruining bugs but you are also traveling before and after our peak season (summer), which in turn costs less money for you.

3. Take the backroads when possible

While the highways may be faster there has been a rise in road construction throughout the state. Taking backroads when you can, can avoid sitting in traffic, and is a much prettier view of Wisconsin’s natural beauty. 

4. Cat litter for driving in the winter

Purchase a small tub of cat litter and keep it in your trunk. Wisconsin winters can see up to 50 inches of snow per year, and it is not uncommon to wake up to a foot of snow in the morning. Dashing some cat litter or sand on snow or slick ice is a great trick to help your winter commute be a little smoother. Both sand and cat litter add for better traction. 

5. Before you leave, buy a case of Spotted Cow

You can’t buy Spotted Cow anywhere else in the world besides Wisconsin. Visitors can purchase in Wisconsin and bring a case back home but distributors are not allowed to sell outside of state lines. That’s what makes it so special. So if you were planning on getting someone a souvenir from the state, forget the keychain and pick up a six pack of Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company. 

6. Never go cheese curd-less

When in cheese curd country, one should never go cheese curd-less. This is a Wisconsin travel necessity and a great snack for any type of occasion. Almost any convenience store sells a bag but if you want the good stuff visit Mousehouse Cheesehaus in Windsor. 

7. Invest in a nice winter coat

Winters are brutal in Wisconsin. Invest in a hooded, waterproof, windproof winter jacket. Nothing is worse than buying a jacket for looks and not warmth in a state that is notorious for cold winters. Invest in goose down/insulated winter jacket to keep out the bitter cold.

8. Take the runway less traveled

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) in Madison and Appleton International Airport (ATW) are great ways to travel on a budget or for convenience. When planning a trip, always check both of these local airports for great deals. Depending on where you are traveling to or from they are very convenient for many Wisconsin travelers. Since not too many people cross check their trips at these airports, they tend to be less crowded and call for quicker security check lines. 

9. Buy a Wisconsin state park vehicle admission pass

If you are the camping type, you must invest in a yearly state park vehicle pass for stopping in state park and recreation areas. These passes are only $28 if you’re a Wisconsin resident and $38 if you are an out of state resident. Unleash the possibilities of over 60 of Wisconsin’s state parks and recreational areas. 

10. Kwik Trip for the basics…and not so basics

Kwik Trip gas station and convenience stores were born and raised in Wisconsin. Not only are they clean and well stocked they have great deals. Kwik Trip is notorious for having cheap bread, eggs, and milk—the basics for every traveler. Not to mention their hot food blows any other gas station out of the water.

11. Go to the Water Park Capital of the World

You cannot plan a trip to Wisconsin without stopping in the Wisconsin Dells. Packed with water parks, resorts, and camping—it is the perfect place for any type of traveler. While it is a great tourist town in the peak season, beat the crowds by finding summer water park passes and hotel deals for cheap. One might even think about purchasing a coupon book for an extended stay in the area. 

12. Credit card ice scraper

Another winter in Wisconsin tip—ask for your used gift cards back…turns out they have a place in this world. If you forgot an ice scraper, credit cards will do just fine. Go through the normal winter defrost procedure and use the credit cards thin, yet durable sides to scrape the ice off. While you will still want to end up purchasing a real ice scraper, it’s a great way to improvise if you are out of options. 

13. Utilize what’s in season

There are so many great summer and winter activities. On the flip side there are only so many nice summer days in Wisconsin as well. Make sure to make the best of the short time by kayaking, boating, running outside, eating outside, and swimming. There are so many great spots like Door County and Apostles Island.

14. When in doubt, travel via water

There are many great fun water ways to travel. Try taking the family tubing down the Wolf and Sugar Rivers. Better yet, have a relaxing Wisconsin Ducks Water Tour down the beautiful Wisconsin River. There are so many wonderful ways to travel on the water in Wisconsin. 

15. When in doubt, wear Green Bay Packers attire

Wisconsin is one of the friendliest states, so it’s no wonder it has a plethora of tourists in the peak season. If you are ever unsure about what to wear out—always choose Packers attire. It’s the perfect conversation starter and everyone love the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin. While you’re at it, stop by Lambeau Field in Green Bay to visit the historic field and learn about the only publically owned NFL team. Wisconsinites are proud for a reason! 

Wisconsin Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You
Oct
22

Trick or Treat on Water Street

3:30 PM
Princeton Public Library Princeton, WI
Learn More
Oct
23

Gary LeVox

8:00 PM
Crystal Grand Theatre Wisconsin Dells, WI
Learn More
Oct
23

Live Music - Elle McBelle

2:00 PM
Vines and Rushes Winery Ripon, WI
Learn More
Oct
30
Oct
30

Gin Blossoms

8:00 PM
Crystal Grand Music Theatre Wisconsin Dells, WI
Learn More
Oct
31

Home Free

8:00 PM
Crystal Grand Theatre Wisconsin Dells, WI
Learn More
Oct
31

Home Free

8:00 PM
Crystal Grand Music Theatre Wisconsin Dells, WI
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
Post Road and School Drive, Plover, WI
8th Street South and Chestnut Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Skate Park General Information: Parks open 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily (April until it snows) Open to skateboarding, aggressive skating, BMX biking.... Read More
364 Wakeley Rd, Nekoosa, WI
About Us:- On June 2, 1837, Robert and Mary Wakely and their two young sons--Chauncey and Robert--arrived at Point Basse on a keelboat that had bee... Read More
100 Bukolt Avenue, Stevens Point, WI
The park covers 14,422 square feet, including a concrete footprint of 11,321 square feet. BMX bikes without pegs are allowed in the skatepark.Desig... Read More
2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, WI
Mission Statement:When Schmeeckle Reserve was created in 1977, the committee established three priorities which would guide the management and deve... Read More
8500 Jordan Road, Stevens Point, WI
Jordan Park, located two miles northeast of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is just one of 24 areas managed by the Portage County Parks Department. This ... Read More
909 Brainards Drive, Waupaca, WI
Amenities:Baseball Field, Batting Cages, Grill(s), Lighted Ball Diamonds, Open to the public, Park Benches, Picnic Area, Playground Equipment, Rest... Read More
2501 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI
About Us:- At Chula Vista, we invite you to come experience all of the thrills and excitement at our remarkable indoor and outdoor water parks in ... Read More
215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Visual Historian Who Made Wisconsin Dells FamousMore than a photographer, Henry Hamilton Bennett (1843-1908) was an inventive visual historian. His... Read More
701 Superior Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Explore all the things to do and places to stay in Wisconsin Dells - "The Waterpark Capital of the World!". We may be world-famous for our waterpar... Read More
857 N Frontage Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI
About Us:- The Polynesian Water Park Resort is the best Water Park Hotel for Families with kids10 and Under! That is why we invite all kids 10 and... Read More
700 Hwy 12, Wisconsin Dells, WI
History:- Timbavati Wildlife Park, from its stunning exterior wildlife murals to its beautiful animal displays, and interactive and educational an... Read More
1701 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Here are a few things to remember when visiting Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. Being respectful to both other guests and our staff is very imp... Read More
1550 Wisc Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI
About Us:- Created 14,000 years ago from waters ripping through Wisconsin Dells carving gorges, rocky islands and towering cliffs, the Glacial Park... Read More
Show More
Select a Wisconsin town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Menominee County