As 2019 wraps up and we continue to reflect on the exciting year it has been for travel and tourism in Wisconsin, Travel Wisconsin is thrilled to share even more good news heading into 2020.
· For those worried that an early winter may have stunted fall tourism, reports from Google Analytics of the Fall Color Report show that travelers expressed significantly greater interest in Wisconsin’s fall colors.
· This year, the Fall Color Report nearly doubled its online traffic from 510,915 pageviews in 2018 to 964,497 pageviews in 2019, an increase of 88%. · For the first time ever, TravelWisconsin.com has reached 10 million online visits this calendar year. We are hoping to add to this record-breaking year as travelers visit our Snow Conditions Report, an exciting tool on TravelWisconsin.com showing updated conditions of snow at parks and trails in all 72 continues.
Once you’ve checked out the snow conditions, bundle up and find a new way to enjoy Wisconsin’s winter wonderland:
Wisconsin’s waterways offer incredible ice fishing. · Winter Free Fishing Weekend is January 18-19 and anglers can fish most of Wisconsin’s waters without a fishing license or trout stamp that weekend only. · The Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit in Hartford is hosting a Learn to Fish event on Saturday, January 18th. The free event is perfect for any new or first-time anglers. Participants will learn tips and tricks for ice fishing and be ready to start catching a lifetime of memories! · Check out the DNR’s website at dnr.wi.gov to find more information about free fishing weekend regulations and other learn-to-fish events across the state.
Snowmobiling is a great way to explore Wisconsin’s snowy scenery.
· With over 25,000 miles of snowmobile trails, Wisconsin has no shortage of routes perfect for some exciting, full-throttle fun. · Vilas County, known as the snowmobiling capitol of the world, is home to 600 miles of trails and five snowmobile clubs that groom the trails daily. · The Wild Rivers State Trail is a repurposed railroad stretching from Rice Lake to Superior offering 104 miles of trails winding through the beautiful St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.