Wisconsin is rich in Native American heritage, with more tribes than any other state east of the Mississippi River. The eleven tribes offer campgrounds, hotel and conference centers, tourist attractions and gambling casinos. Indian museums and cultural centers, pow wows, schools and spirituality keep the culture and colorful traditions vital and vibrant.
Native American Tour: DAY 1
Start in Bayfield and visit Frog Bay Tribal National Park on the Red Cliff Chippewa Reservation. Bayfield boasts the most Travel Green Wisconsin certified businesses in the state and this park is the first-ever reservation opened to the public.
Choose to explore the islands aboard the Apostle Islands Cruises’ glass bottom boat, via a ferry to Madeline Island – where you can tour Big Bay State Park, or take a guided kayak tour of the sea caves. Stay the night at the Legendary Waters Resort and Casino.
Native American Tour: DAY 2
Leave Bayfield and travel to Lac du Flambeau. Spend all day on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation and see how the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa operate the Waswagoning Ojibwe Indian Village, a 20-acre living museum where guests can tour a wigwam and learn how to make a fire Ojibwe-style. You can also take part in native cooking and crafts at the George W. Brown, Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center. Don’t leave without stopping by the gift shop, a store that houses many unique and one-of-a-kind items made by local and other Native American people. Spend the night in Lac du Flambeau.
Bayfield to Lac du Flambeau: 100 miles (160 km)
Native American Tour: DAY 3
Drive to Keshena and the Menominee Indian Reservation. The 225,000- acre reservation boasts one of the most sustainable forests in the world. You can enjoy the beauty of the reservation by rafting down the Wolf River or by hiking along a trail.
Lac du Flambeau to Keshena: 128 miles (206 km)
Native American Tour: DAY 4
Travel to Green Bay and take an all-inclusive tour of the Oneida Nation.
See herds of buffalo from a special observation deck. The Oneida Nation Apple Orchard sells in-season fruits and vegetables, Oneida beef and buffalo cuts, wild rice and more. The Oneida Nation Museum shares the tribe’s rich culture, arts and history. Spend the night at the Radisson Oneida Casino in Green Bay.
As an added bonus, dont forget to visit Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers.
Keshena to Green Bay: 47 miles (75 km)
Native American Tour: DAY 5
In the morning, drive to Wisconsin Dells, the “Waterpark Capital of the World” and home to the Ho-Chunk Nation. Ho-Chunk Hotel & Gaming features an impressive meeting and convention center, live events, dining, spa services and more. Catch a Ho-Chunk Nation Pow-Wow or see rock formations during a hike at Devil’s Lake State Park. Spend the night in the area.
As an added bonus, dont forget to visit Circus World, the original winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. Circus.
Green Bay to Wisconsin Dells: 140 miles (230 km)
Native American Tour: DAY 6
If heading back northwest, jump on Interstate 94 and make your way to the small town of Osseo. Stop for lunch at the Norske Nook. Enjoy a piece of their wonderful pie – famous among travelers through the Midwest.
Before departing Wisconsin, stop in Hudson on the St. Croix River. This picturesque town features downtown dining, boutique shopping and gorgeous scenery. Make sure and stop by the Octagon House and Museum, a unique eight-sided house built in 1855.
Wisconsin Dells to Hudson: 190 miles (305 km)