No matter the season, we all need to get outside for some fresh air and clear our heads. A great way to do that is by exploring new areas and learning about the deep Wisconsin history along the way. Each of these tours offers a very different experience, and each has its own unique story to tell.
Burlington Historic Walking Tour
As one of the stops of the Underground Railroad’s path through Wisconsin, Burlington is an old town that was once full of abolitionists among other prominent figures throughout the years. Taking even a short trek of this tour will tell you so much about who paved these roads we walk and how Burlington came to be.
Plymouth Downtown Mural Walk
Did you know we have the Cheese Capitol of the World, right here in Wisconsin? Well, maybe that’s not too much of surprise, but the depth of cheese history, and the amount of cheese production that still happens in Plymouth, is crazy! In the downtown, the streets are lined with murals retelling the story of this prominent cheese city, starting with the some of the original cheese families of the state, the Gentine’s and the Sartori’s. Many of the murals you will see here were done by the Walldogs.
Ashland Mural Walk
If you’re looking for more detailed historic mural tours, you have to make the drive north for the Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin, Ashland. The city is a port on Lake Superior, near the head of Chequamegon Bay, and its location in itself provides a beautiful view. However, around almost every corner of Ashland’s downtown resides large, detailed paintings, each providing new insight into its past. All of these murals have been created by two local artists, working with the community to attain these stories and photographs of real Ashland residents. This tour is very easy to walk, but they also offer the tour by trolley for a faster trip through the town.
Waukesha Guitartown Murals and Guitars
Waukesha is full of art! As the birth and final resting place of guitar legend Les Paul, this city has fully embraced its musical past. They had the Walldogs come through, and along with local artists, painted this history all throughout the downtown. Also, Gibson Guitar Company selected Waukesha, for two years in a row, as a Gibson Guitar Town. Gibson sent 10 foot guitar statues and worked with the community to decorate and install guitars on almost every street, to celebrate this designation and Les Paul’s hometown. From murals to guitars, along with other public art the city already had, there’s a lot to see in a short walk through downtown Waukesha.
Brian Mohsenian is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Watch the full Wisconsin Walking Tour episode on Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Smart TV, Apple TV, and at discoverwisconsin.com.