Wisconsin trips that will make winter a wonderland
Have family visiting over the holidays, and need entertainment ideas? Susanne Thiede-Barnet from Wisconsin Travel Best Bets joined us live on the CBS 48 News at 4 with some ideas.
Thiede-Barnet had ideas that are close to the Milwaukee area, and some that are a more of a trek.
Located in Washington County, just 45 minutes north of Milwaukee
Known as Geocaching Capital of the Midwest with 1,500 geocaches in a 10-mile radius
Winter/snow adds a fun element to the hunt
Downhill skiing/snowboarding, tubing
Visit Little Switzerland â€“ 18 runs, including black diamond runs and one with a 200-foot vertical drop. Also has three terrain parks with rails and ramps and jumps.
For tubing, check out Sunburst Ski Area â€“ they have 45 lanes, making them the worldâ€™s largest tubing park. Runs are Â¼ mile long and have 100 foot drop.
Located in Oneida County about 3 hrs and 45 minutes north of Milwaukee
Northwoods winter fun all in one place
Visit Minocqua Winter Park for more than 60 miles of trails, expertly groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
Also have fat biking trails, snow tubing, and skijoring (Norwegian for â€œski drivingâ€ where your dog pulls you on cross-country skis)
Located in a gorgeous pine tree forest with picturesque tall trees
Also have equipment rentals and instructors on site
Also in Minocqua, Northwoods Zip Line
Eight lines, six adventure bridges
Fly over ravines and valleys, in and out of 100-foot-tall white and red pines and over 1,000 feet of frozen lake
Located in Rusk County about 4.5 hours northwest of Milwaukee
Around the county, riders can explore 300 miles of trails of clean and quiet hills and forests
Most picturesque trails run through the Blue Hills (remnants of a mountain range which take on a bluish color in the morning mist)
Several heated warming shelters along the trails, great for a quick stop and several restaurants and supper clubs along the trails as well
Located in Dane County about 1.5 hours west of Milwaukee, near Madison
Snowshoe the Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Wide paths, easy terrain, 480 acres to explore
Pheasant Branch looks very different in winter than summer
Different birds, wildlife than youâ€™ll see other times of year
Very serene and quiet, but is still close to the city with plenty of restaurants and shopping