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Although it’s most famous for its dairy products, the mid-west state of Wisconsin is America’s ‘Waterworld State’ for its two great lakes, Michigan and Superior and the thousands of waterways and lovely smaller lakes decorating its landscape. A mix of forested, rural and agricultural land dotted with mid-sized cities and towns, Wisconsin is the perfect motoring holiday destination for lovers of nature and outdoor pursuits.
Arranging your self-drive holiday transportation here is easy, with the most convenient pick-up point at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport, served by international companies such as Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, Alamo, National, Enterprise and Avis, all of whom also have depots in major Wisconsin towns including Madison and Appleton. Remember also to compare car hire rates for the cheapest deals on your preferred vehicle.
Getting in by air from Europe will involve a change of planes at an international hub such as Chicago or Detroit, as the state’s two largest airports at Milwaukee and Madison serve mostly regional destinations with even their national services somewhat limited. Delta and United are good bets for air travel from overseas. International highways number seven, linking many towns and small cities, with the best north-south routes being highways 43 to the east and 94 to the west.
The state’s network of interstate highways is a great help when touring with car rental in Wisconsin, especially if you’ve an optimistic holiday schedule. Driving here is safe, although in the region’s snowy winter months, winter tyres and snow chains are essential extras. UK motorists can drive using their British license, noting that in America people drive on the right.
Car hire in Wisconsin comes into its own in this popular state, with Wisconsin Dells a favourite with the many tourists who arrive each year for its theme and water parks. For remote beauty, boating and fishing, head for Door County’s scenic peninsula with its wineries, offshore shipwrecks and fine beaches. Its Peninsula State Park has camp grounds and several lighthouses.
Due to its watery location, Milwaukee’s weather is often changeable and the city has freezing, snowy winters and very warm summers with high humidity, although areas close to Lake Michigan benefit from the lake breeze cooling the afternoon heat from May through July. Summer highs in the interior away from the huge lakes are at their best in July at around 26ËC, and January is coldest at a good few degrees below freezing.