There just is very little public transit in the state of Wisconsin. The bus system here makes the bus system on Sundays on Harris and Lewis look good! LOL
Dubuque would be a good choice for a Mississippi River town. It's got beautiful bluffs, an old interesting downtown and has added some restaurants in the last ten years.
You might want to post to the Dubuque forum for more information. Also, you might be able to get a bus to Galena, which would be an interesting town to visit.
Thanks for your replies.I had noticed przyk, that your map didn't mention Prairie du Chien but just wondered if a local might know different! Maybe we would be better going to Dubuque as pamelac639 suggests. We'll have about 7 days to spend between Minneapolis and Milwaukee and I had thought of staying in some of the following places- Stillwater, Red Wing, Winona,La Crosse and Madison,Madison being a definite stop.Would we be better staying in 1 or 2 places rather than a night here and there?We want to see as much of the Mississippi as possible remembering that all travel will be by bus (or boat??)
Should this message now be on a different forum?
Thanks again for your help.
I don't know of any boat transportation that will get you from place to place along the Mississippi River. I believe most boats are out there for tours & sightseeing. There just is not enough traffic demand by people needed to get around on the river.
There is a steamboat company that travels the upper Mississippi, if you have the budget for it. That may be something to look into. Search for paddle wheeler St Paul and it should come up for you. They DO stop in Dubuque, and there is also a casino on a riverboat there if you like to gamble. I hope that you will consider these options, because it's great fun to travel the river at a slow pace and get a feel for what life was like in Mark Twains day!Edited: 6:37 pm, October 14, 2012
Thanks again everybody for all your help.I'm sure that I'll be back again before we finally decide where to go.I'll let you know when we do!