The “Driftless Area” is an area of the United States that escaped glaciation. The last glacier hit around 12,000 years ago. Although this area spreads into a few states, 85% of it is contained within Wisconsin. If you haven’t been over to western Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River, you really need to. Here are just some of the highlights you can find in the Driftless Area.
1. Outdoor recreation
If you are into hiking, biking or kayaking, there is no more beautiful place in Wisconsin to indulge. Pictured here, a kayaker makes his way down a river in La Farge.
2. Northern Wisconsin Co-op Tobacco Pool Warehouse
This Viroqua landmark was the first co-op grower initiative for tobacco. It was built in 1906 in the late Victorian style.
3. Pete's Hamburger Stand
This hamburger stand has been in existence since 1909. They boil the burgers in some water, resulting in super juicy meat.
4. Kickapoo Valley
The Kickapoo Valley is jointly owned by Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation. The river system that runs through here is actually one of the oldest in the world because it was not disturbed by the glacier.
5. Gays Mills
Gays Mills was put on the map for its apple production. Today, you can find orchards to pick delicious apples from, such as Sunrise Orchards.
6. Cave of the Mounds
This natural limestone cave will blow you away. Paved walkways and great lighting make this accessible even for young children.
7. Wyalusing State Park
This state park is located at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. The bluffs tower 500 feet above and provide you with an awesome view.
8. Interesting, fun shops you won't find anywhere else
Pictured here is the outside of the shop, The Driftless Angler, which is in Viroqua.
There are some pretty incredible places to see the sun set. All it requires is driving up and looking down into the valley.
10. Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards
There are a lot of fine wineries throughout Wisconsin, but there are some truly amazing ones in the Driftless Area. Villa Bellezza has award-winning wines in a truly stunning location.
Cabins and historic reenactments help you learn about Wisconsin's early Norwegian settlers. It is great just to walk around as well.
12. Wild Foods
The climate and geography of this region creates some amazing food, wild or not. You can forage and find some amazing fruits (like these wild blackberries and plums. As always, use common sense.