Indian name meaning  “place where the grass grows”

Nickname: Badger State

State bird: Robin

State flower: Wood Violet

Capital: Madison

Located in the Great Lakes Region, Wisconsin is bordered to the east by Lake Michigan and separated from Canada in the north by Lake Superior. This is a beautiful State, with over 15,000 lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Its varied countryside also includes sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, northern forests and rich, southern farmland. Wisconsin is famed for its hospitality and friendly atmosphere and is known as the beer capital of the nation. Milwaukee, on the southeast shores of Lake Michigan, is the State’s largest city. Well known for its German heritage and beer industry, the city boasts over 1500 bars and taverns. Many festivals are held throughout the summer, the most lavish of which is the Summerfest in late June. The Charles Allis Art Museum and the lakefront Milwaukee Art Museum offer fine collections of art.

West of Milwaukee, Madison, the State capital, is located on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. This gracious city is the site of the University of Wisconsin, and student culture thrives, with lively coffee shops, second-hand (thrift) shops and bicycle paths. Also here is the impressive State Capitol, with its outstanding ceiling frescoes, and, in nearby Baraboo, the Circus World Museum, former home of the Ringling Brothers’ Circus.

Wisconsin’s Door County is a peninsula comprising 403km (250 miles) of beautiful coastline that extends into Lake Michigan. The scenery here is breathtaking, with lighthouses, picturesque villages, art galleries and miles of sandy beaches. Camping is plentiful, as is Door County cuisine, such as ‘fish boils’ and cherry pie. Other State attractions include the 21 Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, home to the largest collection of lighthouses in the USA, as well as fine sandy beaches, caves, forests, black bears and bald eagles. Especially popular is Madeline Island, with its fine beaches and unspoilt landscape.