By Sam Kislia
The world can be a daunting place when going about it alone. However, some experiences are worth trying on your own. Whether you set aside an entire weekend or just a few hours, Wisconsin has many offerings that can be more than enjoyable on your own.
Museums make great solo travel destinations because you’re able to move at your own pace. The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay features seven rotating exhibitions each year in addition to their permanent collection of more than 600 pieces from both local as well as nationally recognized artists. What makes Miller special is its focus on the surrounding community. With an emphasis on local art, this destination highlights the beauty of Wisconsin and the vibrant culture of Sturgeon Bay and Door County.
When you’re traveling alone, you can stop wherever your heart desires! The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive offers beautiful views of oaks, maples and aspens for 115 miles. With plenty of places to hike, fish and swim along the way, there isn’t a shortage of things to do. Whether your journey is 10 miles or 100, the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
The Madeline Island Ferry is your Travel Green Wisconsin certified transport to getting to the Apostle Islands’ Madeline Island. This ferry can get you and your car to the island in about 25 minutes. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a bike on the island to be sure to leave no area unexplored. Once you get to the island, stop at one of the local restaurants or take advantage of a walking or motorcoach tour.
Wisconsin Supper Clubs: A Classic Treat
Some people cringe at the idea of going out to eat alone, but it doesn’t take a companion to enjoy a delicious meal or the unique atmosphere at one of Wisconsin’s many famous supper clubs. In fact, a solo meal is a great way to people watch, and the conversations you’ll overhear will be priceless! Pull up a stool at the bar and you’ll be amazed at how quickly conversation will start flowing with the staff and other customers. For a great bar and delicious food, try out Marty’s Place North in Minocqua.
Get Creative: Take an Art Class
One way to ensure your solo trip provides a unique experience is to learn a new skill. The Hot Shop Glass Studio & Gallery offers glass blowing classes at three different skill levels; no experience required. The studio, once a dilapidated stable from the 1880s, was renovated by a small business owner and a retired police officer who share a love of art. Their goal is to promote individual exploration and creative expression. Be sure to book ahead, as classes tend to fill quickly.
There are a few things to remember that will help you be fully prepared and make the most of your time traveling alone. Have a budget, confirm plans and reservations, and be sure to bring a GPS or map in case you get turned around. This is your trip; Think about what you like to do and what you'll enjoy.