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Searching for a water route to China, Jean Nicolet in 1634 was the first known European to enter what would become Wisconsin. Following the French explorer were Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673. Wisconsin became the 30th state in the Union on May 29, 1848. Known as "America's Dairyland," Wisconsin features a tasty smorgasbord of cheese. Some 60 artisan cheesemakers produce more than 600 different types of cheese and the state offers a cheese trail for travelers to please their palates. Beer and cherries also helped make Wisconsin famous. A diverse state with a diverse population, Wisconsin offers lighthouses, sandy beaches, ...

Searching for a water route to China, Jean Nicolet in 1634 was the first known European to enter what would become Wisconsin. Following the French explorer were Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673. Wisconsin became the 30th state in the Union on May 29, 1848. Known as "America's Dairyland," Wisconsin features a tasty smorgasbord of cheese. Some 60 artisan cheesemakers produce more than 600 different types of cheese and the state offers a cheese trail for travelers to please their palates. Beer and cherries also helped make Wisconsin famous. A diverse state with a diverse population, Wisconsin offers lighthouses, sandy beaches, fishing villages, college towns, world-class architecture, scenic gorges, rock formations, farms and waterfalls. Nature's gifts are showcased in all their glorious wonder at Door County, Apostle Islands and the Wisconsin Dells. With two Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, Wisconsin also has more than 15,000 inland lakes and almost 100 state parks, trails, forests and recreation areas. To see what talented men can design, check out Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright's home Taliesin and the House on the Rock, along with the awesome Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum looking like a big bird ready to take flight.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Location: North Central United States, bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Superior
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