The Chippewa Indians called it "Oiusconsin—Land of the Gathering of the Waters." With over 1,00 miles of Great Lakes and Mississippi River shoreline, nearly 15,000 glacial lakes and thousands of rivers and streams, it is a fitting name.

Wisconsin is rich in urban experiences, as well. Milwaukee, located on Lake Michigan, is known as the "City of Festivals," with Summerfest and numerous ethnic festivals taking place annually. Madison, the state's capital and the location of the University of Wisconsin, bustles with college-town energy.

There's a strong presence of cultural heritage throughout the state. Historic preservation is evident in former logging towns and mining communities. The 250-mile Great River Road—one of the Midwest's most scenic drives along the Mississippi River—offers a multicultural taste of Wisconsin's early days and ethnic history. Travelers can also experience Native American culture through powwows, arts and craft exhibitions and museums.

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