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

 

Grandview

 

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

 

 

 

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