A while back I was introduced to the Yellowstone Trail, which runs from coast to coast, and right through Wisconsin. I downloaded the guide and took the trail from the Milwaukee area to Stevens Point. I got off the trail a few times, but always seemed to wander back to the historic trail.
Along the Yellowstone Trail lies a wide variety of fun, and unexpected, reasons to pull off the road and explore. One of my favorite “finds” was the Diehnsville Settlement. It is a German settlement started in 1842 that became a commercial district.
There is a brochure available for a self guided tour, but guided tours are available. There are also a couple of museums through which to wander. The settlement is a great example of Wisconsin pioneer life in the mid-nineteenth century.