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From Madison to Wausau

A nice leisurely ride starting in Madison, straight up the center of the state to Wausau, is what this ride is. Beautiful countryside and numerous lakes are at every turn.

Head out of Madison towards Portage on Interstate 90/Interstate 39 North, passing through Lake Windsor and across Lake Wisconsin.

Waterways on both sides of the highway provide many perfect spots for a picnic. Continuing north on I-39 towards Wausau, you’ll experience Endeavor, Westfield and Coloma before you get to Wausau. This is a typical slice of Americana.

Right outside Wausau you pass by Rib Mountain State Park on one side of the highway and Lake Wausau on the other.

DISTANCE: 132 Miles | START: Madison, WI | END: Wausau, WI

Sights along this ride:

A straight south to north shot from Madison to Wausau is a nice easy ride up the center of this beautiful state. Spending some time in Madison is always a good idea. The city has an eclectic environment that energizes a visitor’s stay.

Madison offers both small town charm and a range of cultural and recreational opportunities. With four lakes and over 200 parks, it is one of the state’s most scenic and outdoor active cities.

Traveling north you first come to Endeavor and then Westfield, where the Pioneer Spirit Lives On! A fun town of shopping, relaxing and the towering cottonwood trees can be seen from the highway.

Then on to Coloma, a quaint little village that you can walk from one end to the other in less than one hour, visiting their infamous selection of second hand shops. Then a bit further north is Stevens Point, a perfect spot for shopping at one of their many specialty shops in their redeveloped downtown area.

This is where you start riding alongside the water and will follow it in all the way to Wausau. To the left is Lake Wisconsin with its many fingers all along the highway.

The next waterway is Lake du Bay, specializing in walleye, northern pike, bluegill and smallmouth bass. So be sure to pack your rod! This is one of many lakes is the Portage County Lake District.

Continuing north on I-51 are many small towns that deserve a visit, like Knowlton or Kronenwetter, wonder where that name originated? There are a plethora of parks in this area so if you have time, get off that bike and experience the land. You’ll find the finish line of this trip to be another spot you’ll want to explore.

The Wausau area offers a unique combination of city living with the country just minutes away from any doorstep, the best of both worlds. Visitors can enjoy four distinct seasons that offer beauty and recreation year round.

Choose from these Wisconsin Rides:

Ashland to Rhinelander Green Bay to Gills Rock Madison to LaCrosse
Madison to Wausau Millwaukee to Madison & Beloit Home


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Premier Park Hotel

22 S Carroll Street, Madison WI 53703-3309
Phone: +1 608-285-8000  |  Fax: (608) 257-5995  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison

2424 University Avenue, Madison WI 53726-3811
Phone: +1 608-233-8778  |  Fax: (608) 233-1325  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western West Towne Suites

650 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison WI 53719-1044
Phone: +1 608-833-4200  |  Fax: (608) 833-5614  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western East Towne Suites

4801 Annamark Drive, Madison WI 53704-7402
Phone: +1 608-244-2020  |  Fax: (608) 244-3434  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Resort Hotel & Conference Center

2701 County Road CX, Portage WI 53901-9268
Phone: +1 608-742-2200  |  Fax: (608) 745-4102  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Baraboo Inn

725 W Pine Street, West Baraboo WI 53913-1057
Phone: +1 608-356-1100  |  Fax: (608) 356-4585  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Ambassador Inn & Suites

610 S Frontage Road, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965-9674
Phone: +1 608-254-4477  |  Fax: (608) 253-6662  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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