Dells of the Wisconsin River
The Dells of the Wisconsin River, aka The Wisconsin Dells, will be the piece de resistance of your trip.
The Wisconsin Dells are comprised of a 5-mile gorge located on the Wisconsin River in south-central Wisconsin. The unique scenic beauty of the dells is highlighted by Cambrian sandstone formations and tributary canyons, this area formed during the last ice age around 510-520 million years ago. Some cliffs you will see rise over 100 feet above sea level, giving way to such iconic sights as Stand Rock, Witches Gulch, and Black Hawk Island. Most sights must be seen by boat, but you can hike and sightsee near Chapel Gorge and Cambrian Overlook as well.
During your exploration of the area, whether by boat or by foot, you will be able to see several rare species within the unique eco-system, such as one species that grows on rock ledges and is only found here and one other place in the whole world! You may also see rare species of dragonflies, mussels, and birds while exploring the pine forests, oak savanna, and moist and dry cliffs.
The cultural history of the area is also interesting, from the Paleo-Indians to the more recent Ho-Chunk, Sac, and Menominee peoples. See burial mounds, old camps and villages, and leftover rock art all around the Dells!