Two of the things I love most in this world are Traveling Wisconsin and Simone Biles. As a former gymnast — much more of the hobbyist, as opposed to the legendary Olympian variety — I have long admired Simone for her athleticism, leadership and empathy.
So, I pretty much flipped out when I heard the news Simone and husband Jonathan Owens (Go Pack Go!) will be repping Green Bay and Wisconsin. On behalf of all Wisconsinites, I want to offer the warmest of welcomes.
And, Simone, since you asked social media for recommendations of things to do in Green Bay, which BTW was just named the Best Place to Live in the U.S., it got me thinking about the gold medal-worthy experiences of summertime across all of Wisconsin that you must experience!
Here is my inspiration list for you — and everyone else — to get to know our beloved state and all we have to offer in the summer.
For someone who loves to fly high, why not check out EAA AirVenture. More than 10,000 aircraft fly into Oshkosh over 11 days in July for the largest aviation celebration in the world. The event is so popular that Wittman Regional Airport temporarily becomes the world’s busiest airport.
And because you’re used to being on top of the world, you’ll be right at home at nearby Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park. Panoramic views of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay wait at the top of the 60-foot observation tower in Door County. And a fully accessible ramp to get to the top carries you through the canopy.
Champions of all kinds are crowned in Wisconsin, including the chainsaw variety. The Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward feature the best chopping, sawing, climbing and log rolling in the world, while the artful side of the power tool is on display in Eau Claire for the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship.
As someone who has cruised to victory, you’ll feel right at home cruising the Wisconsin Great River Road. Charming towns, sweeping blufftop views and fresh culinary adventures characterize this All-American Road as it winds along the Mississippi River.
When you hit the springboard, it looks like you’re taking off on wings. Well, Wisconsin has a pair of wings itself. The Milwaukee Art Museum is known worldwide for the Burke Brise Soleil, a stunningly designed sunscreen on top of the museum that opens and closes like wings twice a day.
Fuel up by savoring Wisconsin’s culinary traditions. Check out the Ishnala Supper Club in the Wisconsin Dells for an iconic dining experience in a picturesque lakeside setting — where you can turn cartwheels on the beach as you wait for a table at this no reservations restaurant. Then stick a perfect landing to the end of summer at the Taste of Madison over Labor Day weekend with its 80 food vendors and all-day live entertainment.
Come fall, I and millions more will join you in cheering on Jonathan and the Packers, but for the downtime between wins, find further travel inspiration at TravelWisconsin.com.
I look forward to losing to you in a handstand contest in Titletown soon!
Your biggest fan,
Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Anne Sayers