|Wisconsin websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. Wisconsin's capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee. The state is nicknamed the Badger State.
Wisconsin boasts stunning natural beauty, with abundant lakes, forests and rolling hills that transform through four distinct seasons each year. Wisconsin is also rich in arts, historic and cultural attractions.
Wisconsin visitors and residents enjoy the state's 7,446 streams and rivers.
End-to-end they'd stretch 26,767 miles. That is more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.
The state has over 14,000 lakes, of which Winnebago is the largest. Water sports, ice-boating, and fishing are popular, as are skiing and hunting. The 95 state parks, forests, and recreation areas take up one-seventh of the land. Eagle River is known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World.
Wisconsin is a leading state in milk and cheese production. Other important farm products are peas, beans, beets, corn, potatoes, oats, hay, and cranberries. Wausau is the Ginseng Capital of the World. Monroe is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World. Sheboygan is the Bratwurst Capital of the World.
The chief industrial products of the state are automobiles, machinery, furniture, paper, beer, and processed foods. Wisconsin ranks second among the 47 paper-producing states. Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World.
The state's mines produce copper, iron ore, lead, and zinc. Sturgeon Bay is the Shipbuilding Capital of the Great Lakes. The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867. Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Among the many points of interest are the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; Ice Age National Scientific Reserve; the Circus World Museum at Baraboo; the Wolf, St. Croix, and Lower St. Croix national scenic riverways; and the Wisconsin Dells.
The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters. Bloomer is the Jump Rope Capital of the World. The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo in 1884. The Republican Party was founded in Ripon in 1854.
Famous Wisconsinites include: Harry Houdini, famous magician and escape artist. Douglas MacArthur, well known World War II and Korean War general. Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect was born in Richland Center on June 8, 1867. William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Don Ameche, actor and winner of an academy award for his performance in "Cocoon." The original Barbie is from Willows. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.