Wisconsin Cranberry Festival
Day 1: Our destination is the Annual Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI. As we leave central Kansas, we travel to Clear Lake, IA, for night.
2: This morning we travel east to Spillville to visit the Bily Clock Museum. The museum houses the collection of hand-carved time pieces of Frank and Joseph Bily including the 10-foot tall American Pioneer History Clock with 57 bas-relief panels depicting pioneer life. Later we continue on to Decorah, a community settled by Norwegian immigrants. Here we visit the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum which chronicles the culture of these early pioneers. Following we travel to Onalaska, WI, for night.
3: A short drive brings us to Warrens the “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin”. Our day includes a tour with a local guide who tells us about Warrens and the local cranberry industry. The tour includes a stop at one of the local cranberry farms. The balance of the day is spent enjoying the Warrens Cranberry Festival. Later we drive to Rochester, MN, for the night.
4: We start the day with a tour of Rochester with a local guide. The tour includes an opportunity to view the campus of the Mayo Clinic. Next we travel to Austin, also known as Spam Town, USA. A visit to the Spam Museum gives us information about the history and development of this popular food product. In the afternoon we travel into Iowa to spend our last night in Des Moines.
5: As we drive toward home we think about the new and interesting things we have seen and experienced along the way.