What’s your best Wisconsin summer vacation memory? Win a night in Madison or Lake Geneva!

Today on the second day of National Tourism Week, we’ve got a double giveaway! We want to hear about your favorite Wisconsin summer vacation memories. Family getaways, road trips, Northwoods camping – what was the greatest Wisconsin summer of your life?

We’ll pick two comments at random to win a night at the Crowne Plaza Madison or a night at Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva. Be sure to comment on this blog post to be eligible to win!

Comments will be closed at 10 p.m. CDT and the winners will be announced Wednesday morning with great things to do in Lake Geneva and Madison during Stay Longer weekend.

Don’t forget to check the @TravelinginWI Twitter for two more giveaways today! Tweet “It’s Tourism Week” and you could win a stay at the AmericInn Beaver Dam in a king whirlpool suite.  Include-Follow @TravelingInWI by 12amCST. Also, Tweet about your favorite tourist place in Milwaukee – include/follow @TravelingInWI and you could win free night at MainStay Suites Milwaukee.

Good luck!


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  1. Diane’s avatar

    My favorite road trip was driving along the Mississippi River route. We stopped in all the little towns, each had its own unique character, fun shops, and historical sights. Not to mention one-of-a-kind great places to eat. (OMG, the home made PIE!) We took our time, discovering each town and had a great trip. I made a lot of great finds in the little shops and at rummage sales and festivals. One of my best trips ever!

  2. Patricia’s avatar

    I deceided to take a drive, I had no where to be and nothing to do on a Friday night with a friend. I drove towards milwaukee lake view was georgous so I kept driving up the cost (BEAUTIFUL). We drove all the way to door county took a ferry to an island. Door county was absulutly breath taking. The drive was fun and Wisconsin’s nature is to take in. We went throught Green Bay and Wausau ended up in Sparta and then back to Janesville. The little hour or two drive turned into a weekend memory.

  3. Jessica’s avatar

    I have never been to either hotel it would a nice weekend getaway!!!

  4. Nicole’s avatar

    The best Wisconsin vacation was about 10 years ago when we took all the nieces and nephews on a camping trip in the Dells. We stayed at the Dell Boo campground and loved our location. We have stayed at several campgrounds over the years including 3 or 4 others in the Dells area, but our fondest memories come from that first year. We took the kids to Noah’s Ark one day and spent 3 more lazy days hanging out, shopping and fishing with the kids. Maybe because it was our first vacation as an extended family or maybe because the kids were so amazed by everything, but that was by far the best week we had. Of course we have had other amazing vacations, renting a cabin in minocqua, taking a car trip around the state staying at off the wall places along the way. Vacations in Wisconsin have given us a fun vacation within a young families budget.

  5. MJ’s avatar

    My favorite memories are of Northern WI.
    We spent many summers up there boating, swimming, fishing, roasting marshmallows by the fire.
    I partically remember laying in the hammock with my granddaughters and looking at all the stars on a clear night.
    Family times are so precious.

  6. Debby’s avatar

    My favorite Wisconsin summer was two years ago, when we camped at Pensinsula Park in Door County. Our campsite was right on the bay. During the day we would hike, bike, sail and explore, and at night we would lie on the beach and star gaze. Though we have stayed at this park many times in the past, there was something special about that summer…

  7. Nick’s avatar

    I would have to say my favorite summer Wisconsin memory was 3 years ago, at Devil’s Lake. Our whole family met there for a reunion. The weather was perfect, the water was warm, and we cooked out on the beach several times. It was the best trip ever!

  8. Alana’s avatar

    My favorite Wisconsin Summer roadtrips are those headed north to visit campgrounds. We went to a different one each Summer. I hope to do the same with my kids one day!

  9. Lisa’s avatar

    Being one of three children in a single-parent home, every summer vacation involved roadtrips and camping. Usually one or all three of us would get car sick, someone’s flip-flop always ended up in the fire and mom usually came back more exhausted than before we left.

    Our favorite campground was up in plymouth. During one particular trip up there, we discovered there was a meteor shower that weekend. We stayed up late, laying on the hood of the car, watching the stars far away from the city lights. It was wonderful.

  10. Julie H.’s avatar

    My favorite WI summer vacation memories are of spending time with Grandma & Grandpa at their home in the northwoods (Florence, WI). We hike in the woods out to waterfalls, ride 4 wheelers, swim in the lakes. It’s beautiful up there!

  11. Jake D.’s avatar

    Last labor day we spent a nice long weekend on the Mississippi river fishing with the kids. It was very relaxing and I think we may do it every year. I can remember the name of the cabins right now, but I do know they were located in Onalaska, WI. Wisconsin has some of the best outdoors activities out of all the states.

  12. DOTTI PLANTZ’s avatar

    We all could not get away for a whole week of vacation so we went for a week end to Madison, all wanted to see the Farmers Market, what every one told us about its so true we spent the whole day there, shopped and gotten the best fresh vegtables like we filled are car to the brim, flowers and the red sweetest raspberries took are breath away, so beautiful both of them reddist red ,can not find flowers like that all so different and so colorful and we went to the zoo, and we ate at a out door restaurant by the square, we all tried deep fried squid calamari, not bad we all thought.
    Ended at the Crown Plaza, best beds in the world, and so thick blankets
    duvets I believe, so all try this getaway , didn,t cost much at all.Free apples tooooo at front desk.

  13. james s.’s avatar

    I have to say my favorite summer in Wisconsin was last summer when we took my daughter to the Polynesian and the Wilderness at the Dells. She was 3 years old and enjoyed it so much. Since it has gotten warmer outside she has been asking if we are going again this year. My wife and I also went to Lake Geneva and a Beloit Snappers baseball game to make it a great summer!!

  14. Tiffany’s avatar

    My best summer in Wisconsin was spending time on Green Lake, WI. Boating on the lake, tubing behind the boat while taking in the fresh lake air, jumping off the back of the boat, swimming in the lake and making new frieds. Trips to town to purchase groceries for the week. A Saturday morning outing to the flea market in Princeton to search for the bargains of the week. Definitely a care-free lifestyle that I had as a kid and treasure the time today as I reflect back as an adult.

  15. Kim’s avatar

    Best summers in Wisconsin is either camping up north and going to the lake for some swimming and barbequing or spending time at the lakefront in Milwaukee. Short trips but plenty of things to do.

  16. Mark’s avatar

    My favorite Wisconsin summer memory was the year my family camped at Mirror Lake near Wisconsin Dells. That’s God’s country! I haven’t been up there for a few years now. Thanks for the reminder…it’s time to go again!

  17. Laura Holz’s avatar

    My best summer vacation was with my then boyfriend of a year. We were living in Chicago and drove up to see what “The Dells” were all about. We had such fun playing at the water parks and shrugging off our stressful Chicago existence. At one point we joked that the other guests probably thought were were juvenile and neglecting our children- so we would pretend to wave and smile at our non-existent kids. We later married and moved to this magical state and are now expecting our first real child. We look forward to showing him around this state, including The Dells, where we can personally teach him how to be silly and play.

  18. Maggie Menard-Mueller’s avatar

    The best Wisconsin vacation was the summer we decided to “go home again” to my sister’s Chippewa County farm where I grew up. My two young daughters and I gathered flowers and vegetables that were in season from our yard in southeastern Wisconsin, and drove them five hours north to enter them in the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa. We had fun making floral arrangements and preparing the other entries before bringing them to the fair for judging. We all won ribbons, and I had a good time reminiscing about my 4-H days with my daughters.

  19. Becca’s avatar

    The great part about this state is that there is tons to do for “mini” vacations close to home and also far away. I love the local farmer’s markets in the summer, and an annual camping trip to Clear Lake, WI to go hiking, fishing and boating. Door County is also a fabulous stop!

  20. Susan Mcglumphy’s avatar

    When I was a kid my parents took us to Hayward and we stayed in cabins on Star Lake. We would fish, swim, barbeque and have a great time. When my kids were little we made the same trip with them, but then there was the Muskie museum. It’s a beautiful place to visit!

  21. Claudia’s avatar

    Elroy-Sparta Trail..circa”1979″
    After a sad time in my life I needed some solitude to recharge and refocus.
    I biked the miles by myself and ended with a ride up to Wildcat MT. campground. It’s steep and I was on a bike!
    Between doing the beautiful, peaceful trail and having the feeling of
    accomplishment when reaching my campground; I can say that what started as a bad summer ended up being a positive time in my life that I will always remember!

  22. Mary Kay Abts’s avatar

    How we would love a vacation giveaway in Lake Geneva. Our Golden Wedding Anniversary is coming up on July 22, 2010 and the only time we enjoyed Lake Geneva was when our son was married there and had a reception at the Riviera on the Lake. Thank you.

  23. dhe’s avatar

    I had never been to the United States. I hope someday I can visit the United States and stopped by the Wisconsin