Glacial Uplands

The Glacial Uplands region covers a portion of southern Wisconsin shaped by the last glaciers that carved their way through the land. Beyond its distinctive natural features, the area is now home to the state’s capital, Madison, and many Wisconsin gems waiting to be explored.

Urban Adventure in the Glacial Uplands

A trip to Madison is one full of tasty eats, hidden gems and reconnecting with friends young and old. Fit in the obligatory Capitol Building tour — it might be obligatory, but it’s always a favorite — then head out to explore the bustling Capitol Square, where there are always food carts, events and more. Make it extra memorable with a gourmet meal with Capitol views at L’Etoile or En Vino and a stay at The Edgewater, a luxury hotel on the shore of Lake Mendota. A walk down Williamson Street, or Willy Street as everyone calls it, will take you and your friends to the trendiest local shops, event spaces and cuisine from all around the world.

In Lake Geneva, stroll along the Geneva Lake Shore Path, with lake views on one side and some of the Midwest’s most beautiful, historic homes on the other. The Grand Geneva Resort provides top-notch accommodations, golf, spa amenities and even horseback riding. Talk through what’s next during your Wisconsin adventure over craft beer at the Topsy Turvy Brewery.

Distinctive Nature

Trek through the trails of the Kettle Moraine State Forest to enjoy the natural beauty of Wisconsin’s Glacial Uplands. A moraine refers to the rocky sediment left behind by a glacier, and it makes the forest’s terrain ruggedly distinct. Bring a mountain bike for each family member, a couple of kayaks or everyone’s trusted hiking boots, for a day in the woods. We recommend heading to the top of nearby Holy Hill, especially in the fall. The view is spectacular.

Throughout the Glacial Uplands there are unexpected stories waiting to be lived out — an adventure here is sure to be unforgettable for you and whoever you bring with.

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