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Turn me loose: Big names headline county fairs

Summer is high season for concertgoing, but tickets can be pricey. Want to hear the Police in Milwaukee's Marcus Amphitheatre July 25? It could set you back a cool $200 per seat, face value, and that doesn't even get you a T-shirt. But what about seeing Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in scenic Fond du Lac? You're looking at $6 a head, friend, if you show up before 3 p.m. >More
Downtown Wisconsin Dells: A different kind of water park

You could say that the Dells isn't what it used to be. The Wonder Spot is gone. The remains of Fort Dells fade into the woods behind a McDonald's and a Starbucks. And 1960s-style motels are giving way to condo-hotel and townhouse developments. But you could also say that the Dells is reprioritizing. >More
Hiking the Ice Age Trail

There's something captivating about the Ice Age. Perhaps our seemingly interminable winters make it easier to imagine ice (over a mile thick!) permanently covering the land. Woolly mammoths stomping across the terrain before a massive glacier have inspired a couple feature-length cartoons and the recent Hollywood dud 10,000 B.C. The legacy of the real Ice Age, though, is a stunning work of geological art carved across the continent. And Wisconsin takes center stage. >More
Madison vacation

There are moments when ordinary life in Madison feels suspiciously akin to a fantastic vacation. If you took a few days off work and took your fun straight up, you might find yourself more rejuvenated than if you drove or flew halfway across the country. One thing's for sure: You'd find yourself with a lot more cash in your wallet. >More
Northern Wisconsin: Pick your place

We live in a state with an Up North but no Down South, which - sorry, Kenosha - speaks volumes about the affection we feel for the many delights of our woodsy upstairs. For some of us it is home; for many more it is refuge from the workaday world, if for only one glorious week a year a place to decompress and recharge, to laze in a boat or paddle a stream or sleep under the stars. >More
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