Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 19, 2018

Your Guide To Wisconsin’s Best Destination Races

Your starting line for adventure

One of the best ways to experience Wisconsin’s outdoor beauty while staying active is to participate in one of the state’s many running, walking and biking events. These races take place every weekend in some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful getaway spots. Active vacationers will find scenic marathons and triathlons as well as shorter events for those who want a complete race experience with a little less of a challenge.

Here’s a guide to destination races in Wisconsin and a few you should check out this season.

Consider your options

There are interesting events happening all over the state. Explore race calendars online—just pick a destination and you’re sure to find an upcoming race. If you don’t have a destination in mind, browse all the upcoming events in Wisconsin for some vacation inspiration. See our event calendar here.

Bring some friends

Events can be a great excuse to take a getaway with friends, and races are even more fun when you’re lining up with a friend or family member. Race together or place a friendly wager on who finishes first! But no matter who wins, be sure to get a great photo together at the finish!

Save time to explore

There’s nothing like spending a weekend relaxing after a race, so don’t even think about jumping in the car and heading home! Enjoy a hearty post-race meal and beverage. Or spend some time relaxing on the water, exploring a woodland trail or chilling out in a hammock. You’ve earned it!

Pick a scenic race

Some of best destination races are in the heart of Wisconsin’s most beautiful places. These races will take you down woodland trails and on scenic rural roads. They pass (and sometimes cross) sparkling Wisconsin lakes. And the finish lines are near great lodging options and lively attractions.

Here are a few of our favorite races:

Get Your K’s On, Oneida County, April 28

Minocqua in Oneida County has a lively downtown that tempts travelers with ice cream shops and candy and fudge stores. Call it race fuel. Every year the local Kiwanis Club puts on this family-friendly race that’s perfect for people looking for a shorter event in a prime vacation spot. This sweet local run/walk event features a 5-kilometer route or a 10-kilometer route, as well as a shorter race for kids.

Journeys Marathon, Vilas County, May 11

When you line up for this marathon, you’ll know you’re in no ordinary race. The start line is on one of the state’s most beautiful designated rustic roads—County Highway K. The point-to-point, rolling course travels through the forest, picking up half-marathoners and long-distance power walkers at the midway point. Everyone finishes at the same place in the heart of Eagle River.  

White Deer Triathlon, Boulder Junction, May 19

This unique event in Boulder Junction has been around since 2015 and is fast becoming a Northwoods favorite. It’s not an ordinary triathlon—the race features a 3-kilometer canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard course on Boulder Lake, a 22-kilometer bike ride on Boulder Junction’s paved rustic roads and a 6-kilometer run along scenic county roads and a beautiful forest trail. You can do the event solo, as part of a two-person team or in a relay. The race is a great way to experience the beautiful lakes and waters of Boulder Junction.



April 5, 2018

Your Guide to Wisconsin’s Best Outdoor Adventures

Scenic River in Rusk County

Four wild spots to see this spring

Some of the best vacations will take you into the unknown. Wisconsin is home to vast forests, wild lakes and endless trails waiting to be explored. Some adventures take an hour and others can last a week or more, but they are all unforgettable. Here’s a guide to four of our favorite wild spots to launch an adventure this spring.

Adventure #1: Blue Hills, Rusk County

Set your coordinates for northwest Wisconsin: this ancient mountain range is a wild and undiscovered gem in Rusk County, filled with dense forest, glacial hills and rocky valleys. The Blue Hills are what’s left of a mountain range that’s older than the Rockies. The Blue Hills have been worn down by years of erosion but still rise about 600 feet above the surrounding forest. Explore on your own or hire a local guide to discover unique geologic features in the area.

Adventure #2: Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System, Vilas County

In the Northwoods of Wisconsin, a paved bike trail will take you through one of the state’s most beautiful forests. The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System cuts through the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and connects the communities of St. Germain, Sayner, Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters. You don’t need to be an experienced mountain biker or own any special equipment—the trail system features smooth pavement suitable for all riders. All you need is your sense of adventure.

Adventure #3: Star Lake Nature Trail, Sayner-Star Lake

This picturesque trail in northern Wisconsin is not long, but it’s incredibly scenic and perfect for an adventure with small kids. The trail is located on a peninsula extending into Star Lake. More than a century ago, the area was a pasture used by horses that hauled logs to the nearby Star Lake Mill. The property is also the site of one of the state’s first tree nurseries. Today the site bears little resemblance to a horse pasture or early tree farm—it’s filled with mature trees and picturesque trails that wind along the shore of Star Lake.

Adventure #4: Green Circle Trail, Stevens Point Area

The Stevens Point Area in central Wisconsin is home to some of the state’s best breweries, live music and public art. A special trail will take you through this lively area, and it’s a particularly good bet for an adventure on two wheels. The Green Circle Trail extends 27.5 miles around Stevens Point, linking scenic natural areas along the Wisconsin and Plover rivers as it winds through forests, parks and wetlands.