Car Rental at Milwaukee Airport
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Nicknamed the ‘Brew City’ because of its fondness for beer, Milwaukee has repositioned itself as the City of Festivals, thanks to its well-attended Summerfest of a million visitors a year.
But it is Milwaukee’s location on the western shore of Lake Michigan that makes it a real tourist draw and natural gateway to the Great Lakes region.
Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport serves Wisconsin’s largest city as well as Chicago’s northern suburbs whose residents consider Mitchell International as an alternative airport to Chicago’s O’Hare.
A drive down State Highway 60 by car takes the traveler from the northern suburbs of Milwaukee to the Mississippi River at the Iowa state line.
This ‘state trunk’ runs east to west from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Iowa border for about 300 kilometers in Wisconsin’s south and brings the traveler to a scenic route that follows the course of the Wisconsin River.
This area is defined by hills and valleys that have seen Native American and French occupations when Milwaukee was at the center of the fur trade.
Continue on from the Mississippi River via US 18 to drop off a one way rental car from Milwaukee Airport at the Eastern Iowa Airport about two hours south from Prairie du Chien, Highway 60’s western terminus.
You may also drive two more hours south to drop off your rental car at the much bigger Des Moines International Airport.
Lake Michigan Circle Tour
Milwaukee provides the most natural base for exploration of the Great Lakes region.
Drive north to Green Bay and then cross the Mackinac Bridge at Lake Michigan’s northeast shore before going down to Gary, Indiana via Detroit.
From Gary on the south shore of the lake, Chicago lies less than an hour northwest.
The three cities also make up the approximate western route of the Rust Belt with Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, making up the eastern anchor of this once highly industrial region.
Great River Road
Car rental makes it possible to explore the Great River Road in a more straightforward manner as the headwaters of the Mississippi River start in Minnesota, in Wisconsin’s northwest, where Lake Itasca can be found.
Wisconsin’s GRR runs for 400 kilometers via Highway 35 and threads its way through 33 towns filled with history and scenery.
Incidentally, you can easily combine the Highway 60 tour with the GRR after you reach Prairie du Chien.
Geographically, Wisconsin’s share of the byway provides a grand playground for kayaking, fishing, cycling and hiking, and an eye-popping drive for leaf-peepers when the autumn foliage sports orange, red and gold.
The state’s section of the Great River Road can be done over a weekend.
Old-fashioned inns dot the route so it’s possible to follow the course of the Mississippi River as it winds down 10 states and empties into the Gulf of Mexico via New Orleans in Louisiana.
You can then drop off a one way car rental at New Orleans International Airport after a tour of the Big Easy’s French quarters and bayous.