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.
1. Buena Vista Park, Alma. The Wisconsin Great River Road stretches for 250 miles along Wisconsin’s western border, and the views are magnificent at several points along the roadway. But nowhere along the Wisconsin Great River Road – and maybe the entire Great River Road itself – are those views better than Buena Vista Park. Situated on the bluffs 500 feet above Alma, the park gives visitors a one-of-a-kind view of the city of Alma, the Mississippi River, a lock-and-dam system and the eastern edge of Minnesota on the opposite shore. One must-do: catch a breathtaking sunset from Buena Vista’s natural viewing platform. www.wigrr.com/river-towns/alma
2. National Brewery Museum, Potosi. What would a trip to Wisconsin be without beer? And there’s no better place to learn about the history of ales, lagers and all sorts of other concoctions than at National Brewery Museum in Potosi. The museum is located in the former Potosi Brewing Company building, which was in operation from 1852 until 1972. The museum spans two floors and is filled with artifacts that include beer wagons, signs, bottles and other memorabilia. The building also houses the Potosi Brewing Co. Transportation Museum. And if you’re hungry, there’s a brewpub and restaurant on site, too. 209 S. Main St., Potosi; (608) 763-4002; http://potosibrewery.com;
3. Dickeyville Grotto, Dickeyville. Just south of Potosi is Dickeyville, home of the Dickeyville Grotto, the creation of Father Matthias Wernerus. Between 1925 and 1931, Father Wernerus of the Holy Ghost Parish – along with help from some of his parishioners – sculpted a series of shrines and monuments using stone and cement. Father Wernerus and others used eye-catching objects, including polished stones, marbles, shells and colored glass to cover the sculptures, creating stunning three-dimensional mosaics. Guided tours are available year-round. 305 W. Main St., Dickeyville; (608) 568-3119;