This Labor Day weekend promises to be a fruitful one for the tourism industry. AAA Wisconsin reports that in Wisconsin, more than 734,000 people are expected to travel. That’s a 10.8 percent increase over 2009. 19,000 of those travelers will be going by air, while an estimated 688,000 are expected to drive to their destinations.
If you haven’t planned a major car trip yet, there’s no need to feel left out. You don’t need four wheels for a Labor Day getaway, especially in Wisconsin. Here, it only takes two wheels. We’re considered one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation, with good reason: Wisconsin led the way on building modern bike trails by being one of the first states to convert railways to multiuse paths. According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, we now lead the nation with more than 1,000 miles of trails, including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the Hank Aaron Trail, which cuts right through the 5th Senate District.
Wisconsin also boasts more than 10,000 miles of bicycle-friendly roadways, and nearly 60 state and county parks and forests offer off-road mountain biking opportunities. And when you travel in Wisconsin, your tourism dollar directly benefits the small businesses that make up the majority of our tourism sector—which benefits our entire economy.
Lisa Marshall from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism told me that “whatever your riding interest, Wisconsin is a true world-class biking destination.” I couldn’t agree more, Lisa.
Below is a list of upcoming events and rides the Department of Tourism shared with me:
· Aug. 29: Ride the Drive, Madison: www.cityofmadison.com
· Sept. 17–19: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Cable: www.cheqfattire.com
· Sept. 18: Kickapoo BRAVE Ride, Gays Mills: www.kickapoobraveride.com
· Sept. 25: Oktoberfest 100 Bicycle Tour/Great River Road 100k Bike Tour, Potosi: www.potosibrewery.com/events_detail.cfm?eventID=24
You can also download a free biking guide at TravelWisconsin.com