You’ve made the decision to hit the open road and visit one (or all) of our dozen unique destinations. So what are you going to do once you get there? Here are three local highlights to help you plan your trip.
Stevens Point Brewery. Beer is a big part of Wisconsin’s history – and that history stretches past just the Millers and Pabsts in Milwaukee. For instance, the Stevens Point Brewery – home of Point beer – has been making beer since 1857 and is the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the country. A walking tour brings visitors through the brewery’s production, packaging and warehouse facilities. During the tour, visitors also will get a chance to quaff some of Point’s brews, which include award-winning ales and lagers, as well as gourmet soft drinks. 2617 Water Street, Stevens Point; (800) 369-4911; www.pointbeer.com
Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Wisconsin has a rich history of environmental activism, and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, pays tribute to the Badger State’s dedication to conservation, as well as the people who have upheld that ideal. There are more than 70 honorees in the hall, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir and Gaylord Nelson. Interactive exhibits bring the state’s ecological history into focus, covering everything from the logging industry of the 19th century to the dangers facing the state’s wolf population. Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 Northpoint Drive; (715) 346-4992; www.wchf.org
Green Circle State Trail. When you step out of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, you can step right onto the Green Circle State Trail, which circles around Stevens Point and touches the neighboring communities of Plover and Whiting. The 31-mile trail is popular among outdoors enthusiasts year-round, offering hiking and biking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Trail users will traverse through a wide variety of environments as they circle around Stevens Point, seeing city parks, wetlands, prairies, forests and river scenery. http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/greencircle