Start your day by exploring the all-new Frog Bay National Park, owned by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Learn about the Red Cliff tribe's rich history and the Ojibwe people's history of migrating to the shores of Lake Superior. Have lunch on the patio at Legendary Waters Resort and Casino. After lunch, take a ferry to tourist favorite Madeline Island and immerse yourself in the place where both Native American and European cultures meshed nearly 500 years ago. After your day of exploring, enjoy ice cream and people watching in downtown Bayfield, Wisconsin. Stay overnight at Legendary Waters Resort.
From Bayfield, drive 30 miles to Ashland and spend the morning along the Ashland Mural walk. Pick up a few art pieces and have lunch along this historic shopping district. Then, play in the waters of Lake Superior at Ashland's Maslowski Beach, where you can bottle your own artesian water. Stay overnight at the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's Bad River Lodge.
After a hearty breakfast at the Bad River Lodge, drive 80 miles to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Start today exploring Ojibwe culture at the George Brown Museum. Don't forget to visit their library, full of Native American literature. Enjoy lunch in one of downtown Lac du Flambeau's eateries. Spend your afternoon immersed in the Ojibwe life of yesteryear at the Waswaagoning Village, a living history museum complete with interactive exhibits. Tonight, take in the beautiful pageantry of the Native American pow-wow at the Lac du Flambeau Indian Bowl. You can even join in the dancing. Stay overnight at Lake of the Torches Resort.
Start your northwoods adventure by exploring the beautiful St. Croix State Park in St. Croix Falls. Drive north to Danbury (50 miles), stopping at the Webster Drive-In for a hamburger and root beer float lunch. Take a short canoe trip down the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway this afternoon. This river was a major throughway for the St. Croix Chippewa. Stay overnight at the St. Croix Casino Danbury.
Explore the Forts Folle Avoine historic park in Danbury this morning. Learn how the Ojibwe and French fur traders interacted in the 1800s. Drive 60 miles to Hayward and enjoy a late lunch at Coop's Pizza Parlor. After lunch, visit the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwe sustainable farm and see first hand how ancient Native American harvesting practices continue today. Stay overnight at the LCO Lodge.
Scenic Wolf River
Tribes along the wild and scenic Wolf River have fought to protect the waterways from pollution and development for more than 20 years. Begin your adventure by exploring the Forest County Potawatomi Museum in Crandon, learning the story of the people who call themselves "the keepers of the fire." Enjoy lunch at one of Crandon's drive in diners, having your meal brought right to your car. This afternoon, take a ride on the Lumberjack Steam Train in Laona. Check in for your overnight stay at the Mole Lake Lodge. Tonight, explore the stars at the Kovac Planetarium in Rhinelander, 30 miles away.
Start your day by exploring the historic Denison log house, owned by the Mole Lake Sokaogan Chippewa. Drive 55 miles to Keshena on the scenic Highway 55 following the Wolf River. Stop for lunch and whitewater rafting at one of Menominee Nation affiliated outfitters. Stay overnight at the Menominee Casino.
This morning, explore the Menominee Logging Museum, housing the country's largest collection of logging camp artifacts and a canoe used by the Menominee people in the 1500s. Drive 20 miles to Bowler and visit the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans' museum. Stay overnight at the Konkapot Lodge.
Today, take an all-inclusive guided tour of the Oneida Nation, complete with meal. Learn how Christian missionaries led the Oneida people from New York 200 years ago. Stay overnight at the Oneida Radisson.
Drive 75 miles to Sheboygan. Spend the morning hours shopping and enjoying the arts district of downtown Sheboygan. This afternoon, have some beach fun on the shores of Lake Michigan. Partake in or watch the surfers on the lake. Stay overnight at Blue Harbor Resort.
Take a 60-mile drive to Milwaukee, arts center of Wisconsin. Explore the Milwaukee Public Museum this morning. Have lunch along the Milwaukee River and spend the afternoon strolling the bustling metro streets. Stay overnight at one of Milwaukee's fabulous downtown hotels and take in some gaming excitement at Potawatomi Casino.
The first day of your Southern state tour includes many Native American historical landmarks. Start your adventure by exploring Aztalan State Park in Johnson Creek. This archaeological site showcases an ancient pyramid-building Native American village that thrived 1,000 years ago. After lunch, drive 60 miles to Blue Mound and visit Cave of the Mounds and walk inside a one million-year-old cave. Stay overnight at the House on the Rock.
From the House on the Rock, drive 50 miles to Wisconsin Dells. Today you will enjoy the hospitality of the Ho-Chunk Nation. You can visit pre-Columbian burial mounds. Be sure to check out the Ho-Chunk village and wildlife at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Stay overnight at the Ho-Chunk Casino.
Today is all about fun! Spend the day at Wisconsin's legendary "waterpark capital of the world," Wisconsin Dells. Play at one of the many indoor and outdoor waterparks. You can also have fun with museums, go karts, horseback riding, golfing and water ski shows.
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