What to Do & See

Vacationing in the Dodgeville area is a real pleasure in any season. Enjoy the abundant natural resources which include State Parks, State Trails, and the Southwestern Wisconsin attractions and the Southwestern Wisconsin lodging in the driftless region.

Back in 1829 Dodgeville was bigger than Milwaukee and Chicago…combined. How could that be, the most recent U.S. Census lists Dodgeville’s population as having only 4,220 people? Well, in 1829 Dodgeville only had about 200 people, but Chicago only had about 100 people, and Milwaukee was just a trading post.


In a 60-mile radius of Dodgevilleyou will encounter everything from the historical to hysterical.  Located smack in the heart of the Southwestern Wisconsin “Uplands” the Dodgeville area has a history so vivid you can almost touch it, and it is a day-tripper’s paradise


This very scenic drive will quickly reveal why the area is known as the “Uplands.” Those considering the Dodgeville area as a destination can prepare for their trip with a visit to http://www.dodgeville.com/  prior to the trip. Once in the area traveler’s can use the Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Centeras the perfect base for their day-trips.

Area Events:

The Bluesfest, an End of Summer Festival, The Fall Art Tour, Two (Bike Wisconsin) Bike Tours, Farmers’ Appreciation Day, Summer Concert Series sponsored by Lands’ End,  Annual Halloween Street Party, Annual Winter Festival and Parade



Dodgeville is located: 


• 120 miles west of Milwaukee


       • 200 miles northwest of Chicago


• 235 miles northeast of Des Moines


• 250 miles southeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul


Day-trip planner from Dodgeville


Heading North:


Two State Parks, Governor Dodge State Park and Tower Hill State Park, the Wisconsin River, and numerous places of interest such as:


      • The House on the Rock  


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin


The American Players Theater 


Spring Green, home of numerous artisans


Mid-Continent Railroad Museum


The Crystal Grand Music Theater 


The Wisconsin Dells 


Circus World Museum 


*North of the Wisconsin River, especially West of Hwy 23, is Amish country.

Heading South:


Mineral Point, Historic & Artisans


Pendarvis State Historical Site




Stonefield State Historic Site 


New Glarus 


Mining Museum


Rollo Jamison Museum


Heading East:


Folklore Village 


Botham Vineyards


Cave of the Mounds 


Little Norway


Mount Horeb & the Trollway


Blue Mound Park


Tyrol Basin Ski-Snowboard Hill


Heading West:


Blackhawk Lake 


Spurgeon Vineyards 


Pleasant Ridge 


Wyalusing Park


Villa Louis Historic Site 


Fort Crawford Museum


*The Mississippi River