Wisconsin’s climate is one of extremes: cold winters and warm summers. In January the temperature in Milwaukee can range from minus five to ten degrees Celsius and in July it goes up to the mid-20s. Winters are much colder in the north of the state, but mild in summer. Wisconsin’s annual snowfall averages 47 inches.
When to fly to Wisconsin
Most people book cheap flights to Wisconsin in summer to spend time by the lakes and the Lake Superior Shore. Camping, hiking, and fishing are all popular summer activities in northern Wisconsin, which can get very crowded in the height of summer.
In July and August Milwaukee plays host to several festivals including the Summerfest music and entertainment festival which draws millions of visitors each year.
Snow enthusiasts, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, take flights to Wisconsin in the winter season.
The best times to visit Wisconsin are in the spring and autumn. Activities in spring include white-water rafting while in autumn it’s hunting season.
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Getting around Wisconsin
There’s a reliable bus service in southern and central Wisconsin. Exploring Milwaukee is best on foot, along the walking trails of the river. To best way to get downtown and to the suburbs is by the Milwaukee County Transit System. The Trolley loops around downtown and runs on a seasonal basis. The city is also easily navigated by car.
Driving is the best way to explore the state. All major car hire companies are represented in the airport and in major cities and towns.
Biking enthusiasts should head to Door Country.
Wisconsin insider information
- Comprising five state parks and 40 islands, Door County is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the country. The cherry orchards are its pride and while there be sure to pick up some delicious cherry pies and jams sold along the side of the road.
- One of the highlights of visiting Milwaukee is a trip to Miller Valley - home of Miller Brewing Company, the nation’s second largest brewer.
- Sample some authentic Swiss cuisine in New Glarus, which was settled by hundreds of immigrants in the late 19th century. While there, visit the New Glarus Brewing Company offering microbrews like the popular Spotted Cow.
- Foodies can’t miss a trip to the Gibbsville cheese factory where 50 types of cheese are made. And don’t forget to pick up some salami, mustard and maple syrup while in Milwaukee.
- Visit Lake Superior’s 21 Apostle Islands, in particular Madeline Island which has some fine beaches and an unspoilt landscape.
- Pick an idyllic spot for a picnic near one of 14 waterfalls in Marinette County.