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Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

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Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

I will have to pickup my 19 year old daughter next weekend from Wisconsin Dells. I've been to the dells and am not into the cheesy touristy

stuff. Any suggestions for unique, artsy,scenic places to check out on the way there from Chicago? Will need to spend a night somewhere near Madison- dells area. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

The wollersheim winery is less than hour from the Dells in Sauk city area. It's very nice - a little bit of a European feel.

Wisconsin
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2. Re: Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

Maybe I'm partial because I live here- but why not Madison? Especially if you were here Saturday morning to hit the farmer's market. For art there is the chazen (http://www.chazen.wisc.edu/) and I personally love the Olbrich gardens (http://www.olbrich.org/). Get some Babcock Hall ice cream at the Union.

A slight detour for you would be the town of New Glarus. Next Sunday they have their folksvest (http://swisstown.com/festivals/). There are some little shops, the New Glarus Brewery and also a state park nearby.

As for scenic, there is always Devil's Lake state park near Baraboo. I think the International Crane Foundation (also near Baraboo) is very unique.

Enjoy your trip.

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3. Re: Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

Thanks! Exactly the kinda stuff I'm looking for!

Love the Farmers Market in Madison, it's been a long time since I've been there!

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House on the Rock near Spring Green is about as unique as you can get:-).

Parfley's Glen near Baraboo is supposed to be scenic.

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5. Re: Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

Devil's Lake State Park is nice.

You can take the free Ferry across Lake Wisconsin at Merrimac.

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Loving the great suggestions!

Does Devils Head have any overnight lodging?

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Do you mean Devils's Lake? If so, I don't think there's any lodging inside the park except camping.

I thought of another nearby unique attraction: the Forevertron. It's a few miles south of Baraboo, I think.

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Devil's Head Resort has lodging (and a golf course)

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9. Re: Chicago to Wisconsin Dells unique, scenic areas

drive to the top of cascade mountain for a nice view.

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