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Top Choice Museum in Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum

Hundreds of motorcycles show the styles through the decades, including the flashy rides of Elvis and Evel Knievel. You can sit in the saddle of various bikes (on the bottom floor, in the Experience Gallery) and take…
Top Choice Bakery in Southwest Wisconsin

Stockholm Pie & General Store

You may have to wait in line at this old-timey spot with wood plank floors and red-checkered tablecloths, but that allows you to study the blackboard and its lengthy list of pies available. Sour cream raisin, double…
Top Choice American in Madison

The Old Fashioned

With its dark, woodsy decor, the Old Fashioned evokes a supper club, a type of retro eatery common in Wisconsin. The menu is all local specialties, including walleye, cheese soup and sausages. It's hard to choose am…
Top Choice American in Milwaukee

Comet Cafe

Students, young families, older couples and bearded, tattooed types pile in to the rock-and-roll Comet for gravy-smothered meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, vegan gyros and hangover brunch dishes. It's a craft-beer-pouring …
Top Choice Market in Madison

Dane County Farmers Market

On Saturdays, a food bazaar takes over Capitol Sq. It's one of the nation's most expansive markets, famed for its artisanal cheeses and breads. Craft vendors and street musicians add to the festivities. In winter th…
Top Choice Pub in Madison

Memorial Union

The campus Union is Madison's gathering spot. The festive lakeside terrace pours microbrews and hosts free live music and free Monday-night films, while the indoor ice-cream shop scoops hulking cones from the univer…
Architecture in Spring Green

Taliesin

Taliesin was the home of Frank Lloyd Wright for most of his life and is the site of his architectural school. It's now a major pilgrimage destination for fans. The house was built in 1903, the Hillside Home School i…
Museum in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Art Museum

You have to see this lakeside institution, which features a stunning winglike addition by Santiago Calatrava. It soars open and closed every day at 10am, noon and 5pm (8pm on Thursday), which is wild to watch; head …
Baseball in Milwaukee

Miller Park

The Brewers play baseball at fab Miller Park, which has a retractable roof and real grass. The Racing Sausages star in the middle of the sixth inning. To the uninitiated, that's five people in foam-rubber meat costu…
American in Milwaukee

Ardent

Milwaukee's foodies get weak-kneed when they sniff the Beard-nominated chef's ever-changing, farm-to-table dishes. Dinner is a lingering affair in the tiny glowing room, with two seatings each night for the 10-cours…