Wisconsin © Yinan Chen
With long coastal stretches along both Lakes Michigan and Superior, the leafy state of Wisconsin presents some of the most picturesque scenery in the Midwest.
Lush rolling hills and fertile soil make for prime agricultural land, while mesas, forests and small glacial lakes round off Wisconsin's wonderfully varied topography. The winding Saint Croix River creates the natural border with Minnesota in the west, before meandering north towards the verdancy of the colossal Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Eastern Wisconsin is characterised by the sprawling lake-side metros of Green Bay and Milwaukee.
Wisconsin is also a delight for outdoors enthusiasts, who have the choice of casting for trout in the Kinnickinnic River, tapping trees for maple sap in the Northwoods, exploring the historic lighthouses and stunning waterways of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, or going mountain biking across the Kettle Moraine.
The state boasts a rich culture and thrilling pro-sports scene too. Scandinavian immigrants have had an impact on Wisconsin heritage, particularly in the north, which boasts some of the best Nordic ski trails in the country. Each year, international athletes travel to Wisconsin for the American Birkebeiner ski marathon, the most significant cross-country skiing event in America.
As for the arts, Wisconsin was the home state of visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the founder of the Prairie School of Design. In the village of Spring Green, visitors can tour Taliesin, his home and architectural magnum opus.
Two things Wisconsin are perhaps best known for often go hand in hand: beer and American football. Milwaukee is the brew city, home to the famous Miller Brewing Company as well as countless microbreweries, with German immigrants credited for introducing its famous bratwursts and brews.
These are all perfect accompaniments to watching Wisconsin's beloved Green Bay Packers take the field. Adventurous visitors are welcome to join Wisconsin fans, or 'cheeseheads', in braving snow and freezing temperatures to cheer them on at their home stadium, Lambeau Field.
The odd nickname bestowed upon Packers fans is a testament to another of Wisconsin's claims to fame: dairy products. Often called America's Dairyland, Wisconsin produces more cheese than any other state in the country.
Wisconsin is a home of pastoral serenity, traditional Americana and natural wonders. Visitors will be entranced by its diverse array of attractions and outdoor activities, whether it's braving the ski slopes or unwinding by the side of a Great Lake, craft beer in hand.