When you think of Wisconsin, your thoughts might very well lead to cheese. That cheese could be of the award winning variety, or the triangular hats worn by avid fans of the Green Bay Packers. Filled with historic landmarks and top notch museums, and offering plenty of outdoor activities, Wisconsin makes the perfect vacation destination. Skyscanner's search engine can find you the best air routes, at the cheapest rates, and help you find hotel accommodations and that rental car. Then you'll be ready for that Midwest getaway.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Wisconsin
Wisconsin has a continental climate, with the northern end more influenced by the moisture coming off the Great Lakes. Summers in the north average temps between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius, while the south averages temps in low 30's Celsius. Winters are cold and snowy. Temps rarely get above the freezing mark. The last freeze usually melts near the end of May. In the fall, the first freeze can be anywhere from late August until mid-October. Wisconsin is busiest during the spring, summer and early fall months. The larger cities, such as Milwaukee and Madison, are also usually busier during the holidays. Skyscanner's Whole Month Search program can help you narrow down your search for the best air fares and routes. Pull up the fares for an entire month and compare them. Be flexible with your dates and you can usually find a bargain.
What to Expect When Arriving at Wisconsin Airports
- Only eight kilometres from downtown Milwaukee, the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is a moderately sized facility with one main terminal connecting to three concourses. American, Delta, Alaska Air, Frontier, Southwest and United are just some of the American carriers that fly into this airport. Air Canada Express has flights from Toronto and Swift Air brings passengers from various parts of Mexico and the Caribbean. International arrivals, except from Canada, are taken by shuttle to the International Arrivals Terminals. Several rental car companies are located near the entrance to the parking structure. A dedicated lane in front of baggage claim has stops for hotel shuttles, shuttles to Amtrak, commercial shuttle companies and taxis. At the end of the lane is a stop for the Milwaukee County Transit System. Route 80 will get you into downtown for about $3.00 CAD. A taxi ride to downtown costs about $40.00 CAD.
- The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) is about 10 kilometres north east of Madison, the State Capital. It's a small single terminal facility welcoming flights on American Eagle, Delta, Frontier and United. Dane County is a prime connector for flights from Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Newark, Washington DC and Atlanta. Arrivals are on the Concourse Level, with elevators and escalators available to baggage claim on the first floor Ticketing Level. Car rental desks are across from baggage claim with the cars in a lot across from Door 6. The taxi stand is right outside Door 7. Shuttle stops are next to the pedestrian walkway across from Doors 3 and 4. Taxi fare runs about $35.00 CAD to downtown Madison.
- Located in the town of Greenville, the Appleton International Airport (ATW) is a gateway to north eastern parts of the state. such as the town of Appleton. Primary air carriers include Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Airlines and United Express. Passengers arrive from Chicago-O'Hare, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St Paul, Las Vegas and various Florida locations. With one terminal and six gates, Appleton is easy to navigate. Car rentals are in a separate building, across the street from exit Door 3, as are the passenger pick-up lanes. Traditional taxi firms, as well as Lyft and Uber serve the airport.
- The Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) is 13 kilometres from downtown Green Bay. With one terminal, two concourses and 12 gates, this is another easy to navigate airport. American Eagle, Delta, Delta Connection and United Express are the main carriers, with most flights coming from Chicago-O'Hare, Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Car rental desks are next to baggage claim in the main terminal, while taxis and shuttles are just outside the doors. Lyft and Uber are also available. Rates for most types of public transport usually depend on type, distance and traffic.
- If you're headed for central Wisconsin cities such as Mosinee, Marshfield or Wausau or to the Granite Peak Ski Resort, you might want to fly into Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). Located five kilometres from central Mosinee, the airport welcomes passengers mostly from Chicago-O'Hare, Detroit and Minneapolis/St Paul. The major carriers are American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. It's a modern single terminal airport, complete with free Wi-Fi, the Fly Away Café, a gift shop and Gallery 164, an art gallery that has works on display and for sale. Car rental desks are right next to baggage claim. This is a rural area so a car is probably your best transportation option. Metered taxis are available, but no shuttles.
What to See and Do in Wisconsin
- If you're lucky enough to be in Milwaukee when the Brewers baseball team is in town, try and catch a game at Miller Park, sponsored by Miller Brewing Company. In fact, if you're a beer lover, check out the tours at some of the local breweries including the Great Lakes Distillery and the Brenner Brewing Company. Museums range from one dedicated to Harley-Davidson motorcycles to the Milwaukee Art Museum with its space-age architecture. Relax by the Riverwalk, fronting Lake Michigan. You'll find shops, pubs, eateries and even a bronze statue of the "Fonz," complete with his signature leather jacket.
- A tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol building with its elegant French-style dome is one of the highlights of Madison. Go on a fossil hunt both inside and outside the building. It seems the stone used to build the place has remnants of creatures from long ago. You'll find a starfish on the grand stairs, a nautilus on the second floor of the north wing, near the hearing room, and more. Other landmarks include the Memorial Union Terrace and downtown's State Street. The latter is home to a street sale that was started in the early 1900s. Called Maxwell Street Days, it's open on the Friday and Saturday in the third weekend in July. For some outdoor fun check out the Allen Centennial Gardens, Lake Mendota or the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a pathway that crosses land created by glaciers some 12,000 years ago.
- You've probably heard of the Green Bay Packers, that NFL team with its followers of "cheese heads," known for their signature cheese wedge hats. After all, Wisconsin is known for its award winning cheeses. Try and get tickets for a game at Lambeau Field, if they're in town, and be part of the excitement. Or, head for the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame to learn the history of the team and see the many earned trophies. Check out the dinosaurs at the Neville Public Museum, the dizzying rides at Bay Beach Amusement Park or the many trails running through the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. Take a beer tasting tour at one of the many breweries and check out the Farmer's Market on Broadway. You'll probably take home some of that famous Wisconsin cheese.