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Best Bets for Travel in Wisconsin

Susanne Thiede-Barnet of Wisconsin Travel Best Bets is offering some great ideas Monday on the CBS 58 News at 4.

She's sharing the best bets for springtime fun in our state. Take a look!

Birdwatching

Middleton, Dane County

Just 10 minutes from Madison, about an hour and a half from Milwaukee

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is almost 500 acres of woodland, wetland and oak savannahs

Beautiful creeks running through it

Right in the middle of town, but quiet and serene

Great place to see migratory birds in the spring

Look for sandhill cranes, herons, great horned owls, woodpeckers, ducks, geese, hawks

Around 200 species of birds call the conservancy home

Also turtles, mink, muskrats, woodchuck, otters, foxes, deer, turkey, possum

Geocaching

West Bend, Washington County

About 45 minutes from Milwaukee

Geocaching Capital of the MidwestTM

1,600 caches in a 10-mile radius of the city – some are larger boxes and some are as small as a coin (called microcaches)

Have their own GeoTour (West Bend Four Seasons Geotour)

20 special caches hidden at places like Museum of Wisconsin Art, Courthouse museum, historic downtown, Eisenbahn Trail (for biking, hiking).

You’ll learn the history of the city while you geocache!

Find them to earn a limited edition GeoCoin.

Home to the Midwest’s only geocaching “mega” event the $1,000 Cache Bash, so check it out this spring then come back in the summer for the event!

Going on August 11-12

Thousands attend from dozens of states and several countries around the world

ATVing

Rhinelander in Oneida County

Three hours, 45 minutes from Milwaukee

Trails open in late May

Lynne/Little Rice Lake ATV Trail System

Just west of Rhinelander

16 miles of wooded trails that connect with dozens of miles of road routes and open town roads

Lots of stops along the way and a very safe trail so good place to bring the family

Shady and tree-lined

Runs along Willow Flowage which is a great place to see waterfowl in the fall, including shorebirds and four different kinds of owls

Enterprise ATV Trail

South of Rhinelander in Oneida County

13 miles of trails entirely within the Oneida County Forest

A great place to see wildlife – deer, turkey, bald eagles

Biking
 

Heart of Vilas County Trail

Great for families

40+ miles of paved trails

Connects Manitowish Waters with Boulder Junction and Sayner-Star Lake and St. Germain

In Sayner-Star Lake, the trail is just a block off Main Street where you’ll find unique stores to pick up a souvenir, pubs, cafes to grab a drink or a meal before hopping back on your bike

Near Boulder Junction there are some scenic detours that run along parks and beaches, including down to Crystal Lake – one of the most beautiful lakes in the Northwoods, great for swimming

On the western part of the trail are some incredible bridges that cross the rapids of the Manitowish River and Rice Creek

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