The Green and Gold. Being a Packers fan is not a choice, it's a way of life. We thank God for Aaron Rodgers every night and stand outside in the snow at Lambeau, on the verge of frostbite, just to show support to our favorite team. Oh, and the Bears suck.Photo by: Tom Pennington
Cheese Please. In America's Dairyland, our love for cheese is inevitable. However, our favorite is probably curds, fried or fresh, many Wisconsinites would happily turn down dessert for a helping of cheese curds.
The seasons. We're exposed to all of mother nature's moods in Wisconsin, some ruder than others. Our summers are hot, falls are crisp, winters are white (and tend to overstay their welcome) and springs are soggy but clean. Also, don't be alarmed in the spring of all of the people wearing shorts and flip-flops. Fifty degrees is warm for us after months of below-freezing temperatures.Photo by: Matt Cardy
Native Sons and Daughters. Believe it or not, Wisconsin is home to many celebrities including "Willy Wonka's" Gene Wilder, who was from Milwaukee, "Tommy Boy's" Chris Farley from Appleton, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Les Paul who was from Waukesha and many more.
Accents. Ope, what's that, a bag? Or should I say, BEY-G? Wisconsinites are easily identified by their nasal-y midwestern accents, don'tcha know.Photo by: Oleg Rodionov
Nature. Explore the trails at Devil's Lake State Park, take a tour of a cave over one million years old at Cave of the Mounds or kayak through the sea caves at the Apostle Islands. The opportunities are endless when it comes to connecting with nature in Wisconsin.
Colorful History. Wisconsin served as the perfect hideout destination for many infamous Chicago gangsters during the Prohibition era. Al Capone, for instance, lived by a lake outside of Hayward, Wis. and had whiskey flown in from Canada on hydroplanes. John Dillinger, the most wanted bank robber at the time, stayed in a resort in Manitowish Waters, Wis. according to
. However, gangsters weren't the only ones passing through the state. Years earlier, slaves traveled along the Underground Railroad through Wisconsin up to freedom in Canada, according to
Brews. Commonly pronounced "bur," beer is a crucial part of Wisconsin culture. You'll never see a local happier than when he cracks open a cold one...at 11 a.m. We don't judge here.
Schools. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, known as the home of Bucky Badger, is a top research school, placing in the top ten in research spending every year since 1972. The school has also graduated many successful alumni including Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, and Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson, founders of the satirical news site "The Onion." Another top school is Marquette University in Milwaukee. This school is ranked number 128 in private colleges and 254 in America's Best Value Colleges by Forbes.
Land of more lakes. While Minnesota is the "land of 10,000 lakes," Wisconsin actually outnumbers that with slightly over 15,000. Take that Minnesota. And where there's a lake, there's people boating, kayaking and paddle boarding all summer long.
Fairs and Festivals. Do you like music? Food? Maybe both at the same time? Then you'll love the array of festivals Wisconsin has to offer. Visit Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival," according to the Guinness World Records for 11 days of music from over 800 different acts in Milwaukee. Previous headliners include The Chainsmokers, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar. But, if that's not your style fear not, visit the Wisconsin State Fair for less music and more games and rides or the Eau Claire Music Festival for a more artsy and alternative vibe.
The Brewers. Whether they're there for the game or the tailgate, Wisconsin fans love spending summer days at Miller Park cheering on the Racing Sausages and celebrating home runs with mascot Bernie Brewer.Photo by: Dilip Vishwanat
Small Town Charm. Wisconsin is full of unique towns with local shops and traditions that can't be matched elsewhere. Cedarburg, Wis. is a popular destination ranked as a favorite small-town getaway by visitors and has over 100 registered historic buildings, according to
Other destinations include New Glarus, or "America's Little Switzerland," where you can try authentic Swiss dishes and of course, pick up a six-pack of the locally brewed beer.
Brats. Ain't no brat like a Wisco brat. We take our brats very seriously here, so if they're not soaked in beer and seasoned to perfection, we're not interested. And if you still don't believe how serious we are, make sure to visit Brat Fest a festival of well...brats.
The Dells. It's the Disney Land of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Dells is packed full of indoor and outdoor activities for people of all ages including water parks, zip lines and games inside the Wizard Quest attraction. And of course, the famous Duck boat tours are a common stop for families visiting the Dells. If you haven't done it you've probably never been to the Dells.
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Wildlife. Every season is hunting season in Wisconsin, and even if you're not a hunter you're bound to see a deer or turkey wandering about. Photo by: Mark Duffy
Kwik Trip. It's the goldmine of midwestern gas stations. Thirsty? Chose one of many delicious Karuba coffee flavors. Have a sweet tooth? Stop by the milkshake machine and watch your life be changed forever. Would you like any cookies for 99 cents?Not today but thanks for asking.
Farmer's Markets. We keep it pretty fresh in Wisconsin with farmer's markets located throughout the entire state. One of the most popular markets is the Dane County market in Madison. This market creates a circle around the state capital and has many goodies to offer from homemade salsas and dips to the famous Stella's Cheese bread (if you haven't heard about it, you're welcome in advance). Other fresh and locally-sourced foods can be enjoyed at the Appleton, Beloit and Milwaukee farmer's markets.
Ice Cream Who? You might scream for ice cream, but in Wisconsin, we cry for custard. It's thicker, creamier and overall better. Popular custard destinations are Leon's, Culver's, Kopp's and Michael's Frozen Custard.
The Windy City. Depending on where you live in Wisconsin, Chicago is only an hour or so away making it the go-to destination for spur of the moment day trips. Just don't go during the winter. The icy breeze off Lake Michigan is enough to scare away even the toughest Wisconsinite.
Diversity. Each Wisconsin town identifies with at least one culture, and some places identify with many. Stoughton, Wis. is classically known as a Norwegian town. The high school even has a group called the
" that was established over 60 years ago, and travels to Norway every few years. Milwaukee, on the other hand, represents many different cultures through yearly celebrations. Some examples are the Indian Summer Winter Pow Wow, Polish Fest, India Fest and Serbian Days. These are just a few of the different cultures Wisconsin represents.Photo by: Micha Klootwijk
Hidden Gems. Only in Wisconsin do people get married inside a fish... This 143 ft. muskie is located in Hayward, WI and is just one of many hidden gems in the state. Other unusual attractions include House on the Rock, a house built atop a large boulder in 1945 full of many colorful collections and exhibits.
The Badgers. FIRST AND TEN, WISCONSIN. Wearing overalls has never felt better, and not only because these ones are red-and-white striped, but also because you destroyed a couple Solo cups at the tailgate before the game. Badger games are a highly popular fall event for college students and parents alike. Stay for the whole game or leave after "Jump Around" at the end of the third quarter. Photo by: Christian Petersen
Door County. Famous for its coastal cities and array of lighthouses, Door County is a popular getaway destination for many Wisconsin residents. Oh, and don't forget the cherries! Pick your own at a local orchard or pick up some cherry wine, jam, or of course, cherry cheese.
Up Nort'. Pack the fishing poles and bug spray, because we're going up nort'. As vague as it may sound, every Wisconsin resident will know exactly where you're going when you say you're going "up north." A cabin in the middle of the woods, probably by a lake, you know, where you had your first beer.Photo by: Monkey Business Images