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Great River Road - Wisconsin- Wisconsin's Great River Road flanks the majestic Mississippi River as it winds its way along 250 miles of Wisconsin's western border. Along its way, the road is nestled between the river and towering bluffs.

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Description - The Great River Road is Wisconsin's scenic byway listed here. It is a designated National Scenic Byway. The Great River Road flanks the majestic Mississippi River as it winds its way along 250 miles of Wisconsin's western border. Along its way, the road is nestled between the river and towering bluffs. The River Road continues along the Mississippi through Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - Wisconsin experiences four distinct seasons with winter the predominate and longest. Snowfall can be expected from October through April. Annual average accumulation of snow ranges from 40 to 55 inches. Temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods during the winter months, so warm clothing is a must for comfort, especially outdoors.

Spring is short and easily slides into the brief summer season. Temperatures are mild during the hottest month, July, with average daytime highs near 75 to 85 degrees F. Nights can be cool in this northern state. Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable through a camping trip to northern Wisconsin. Fall is also brief with preparation for impending snows on every locals mind. Foliage color displays can be brilliant and come relatively early in mid-September. Layers with hats, gloves and rain gear are appropriate for this season.

Location - The Great River Road runs along Wisconsin's western border.


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Wisconsin - This state borders two of the Great Lakes: Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, and consequently supports a myriad of water-oriented recreation pursuits.

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