Tours

Please note: Tours are subject to change.

Tours

Please note: Tours are subject to change.

 

Those interested in Pre/Post tours will be notified of their assignment during the week of July 13. Payment for Pre/Post tours will be due by July 31. If payment is not received, you will be put on the waitlist. Attendees will be notified of their day tour (AM/PM/Full) during the week of August 17. Requests to switch or trade tours after assignments are made will not be considered until October 11 when the convention has started. Staff and Chairs will not be able to assist with any switches or trades until October 11. All switches and trades must be made on-site in Milwaukee during the convention.

Which kind of tours would you like to look at?

 

Pre/Post |  Half Day  |  Full Day

Pre/Post Tours

ACTIVITY LEGEND

Level 1           Light walking, some stairs

Level 2           Moderate walking up to 1 mile, some stairs

Level 3           Moderate walking at distances greater than 1 mile

Level 4           Heavy walking or moderately intense activity (e.g., kayaking, golfing, etc.)

 

Pre Tour Options:

– Eau Claire’s Artistic Revolution

– Sea Caves and Victorian Small Town

– Lake Michigan: Into the Deep

– The Food Makers of Central Wisconsin

– Milwaukee Photo Quest

 

Post Tour Options:

– Eau Claire’s Artistic Revolution

– Madison: Experience the Soul of the New Wisconsin

– Door County: Where Midwesterners Vacation

 

Tentatively Pre OR Post Tour:

– Taste of Green Bay

PRE/POST TOURS

 

PRE TOURS:

 

Door County: Wisconsin’s Peninsular Playground 

Treasured by visitors and locals alike, Door County is known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. With 300 miles of scenic shoreline, 11 lighthouses, and 53 public beaches the outdoor activities in Door County are endless. But that’s just one reason why generations of families choose a Door County getaway every year. A truly artistic and cultural community, Door County boasts over 100 art galleries, museums, and performing art venues. We invite you to sample many of our culinary delights, wines, and brews located across our peninsula. In the evening catch a theater performance, listen to live music, or watch a breathtaking sunset on the shores of Lake Michigan.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level: TBD (likely 2)

Minimum Participants: 1

Maximum Participants: 8

Length of Tour: 3 days, 2 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $150

Associate: $325

Emeritus: $350

Guest: $350

 

Unexpected Food Makers of Central Wisconsin

Wisconsin may be the Dairy State, but there’s a lot more growing around here. That Vodka you’re drinking may be made with Wisconsin potatoes. Ginseng? Yep, Wisconsin grows that (best outside of China, might we add) … not to mention cranberries. Central Wisconsin is behind much of the sustenance and ingenuity that benefits us locally, nationally, and even worldwide. Journey to the heart of Wisconsin to see how some of your favorite foods are made and exported across the globe.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level: 1

Minimum Participants: 4

Maximum Participants: 10

Length of Tour: 3 days, 2 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $300

Associate: $425

Emeritus: $475

Guest: $475

 

Photo Quest

Pack your photo equipment – drones welcome! – and be prepared to hit the streets and shores of Milwaukee. From interesting historic architecture to the lake that looks much more like an ocean, Milwaukee offers an abundance of photographic opportunities that you’ll get to explore in this annual Photo Quest competition.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level: 4

Minimum Participants: 0

Maximum Participants: 12

Length of Tour: 3 days, 2 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $150

Associate: $325

Emeritus: $350

Guest: $350

 

What Makes Madison?

Madison was shaped by its geography, but has been defined by how people have responded to that geography throughout history. From the earliest indigenous people to 21st century innovators, we will see how Madison’s relationship to the outdoors has informed people from Frank Lloyd Wright to today’s artisanal makers. The tour will also show how Madison’s position as the seat of state government and the heart of the university system inspires residents and visitors alike.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level:

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants:

Length of Tour: 4 days, 3 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $375

Associate: $475

Emeritus: $525

Guest: $525

 

Lake Michigan Soft Adventure

With 15,000 freshwater lakes, Wisconsin is bordered by water on three sides (Mississippi River, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan). Find out why outdoor manufacturers like Trek Bicycles and countless other outdoor adventurers call Wisconsin home. Experience the country’s largest freshwater cattail marsh, pristine Great Lake beaches, and how about an afternoon cocktail on a WW2 submarine! If it’s fall colors you seek, you’re in luck, as nearly 50 percent of the state is covered by hardwood forest. And hey, this is Wisconsin, so bring your appetite to fuel up for this soft-adventure tour of the Badger State!

 

Itinerary

Activity Level: 4

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants: 8

Length of Tour: 4 days, 3 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $300

Associate: $425

Emeritus: $475

Guest: $475

 

 

 

POST TOURS:

 

Bayfield and the Apostle Islands: True Unspoiled Beauty

National forest. National lakeshore. Historic lighthouses. Stunning rock formations. Far-north Wisconsin is a beautiful match for lovers of nature and active adventures. Explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on foot and on water. Take a ferry to the largest of 22 islands, for hiking, biking, shopping. Stroll and indulge in tiny Bayfield, back on the mainland. First Nation communities preserve the past and the environment. See birch-bark basketry and beadwork at a Lac du Flambeau cultural center. Sip molasses-spiked rum at the nation’s first distillery owned by Native Americans, not far from the first national tribal park.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level: 1-4     

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants:

Length of Tour: 5 days, 4 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $500

Associate: $625

Emeritus: $675

Guest: $675

 

Taste of Kohler

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global lifestyle brand, leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, and owner of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

Destination Kohler features The American Club, which originally opened a century ago as a dormitory for immigrant workers at Kohler Company, and was reimagined 60 years later when Herb Kohler transformed the property into a luxury destination resort hotel. Today, it is one of the premier golf and spa destinations in the world featuring many dynamic wellness and boutique fitness experiences.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level:  

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants: 10 

Length of Tour:  3 days, 2 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $250

Associate: $325

Emeritus: $500

Guest: $500

 

What Makes Madison?

Madison was shaped by its geography, but has been defined by how people have responded to that geography throughout history. From the earliest indigenous people to 21st century innovators, we will see how Madison’s relationship to the outdoors has informed people from Frank Lloyd Wright to today’s artisanal makers. The tour will also show how Madison’s position as the seat of state government and the heart of the university system inspires residents and visitors alike.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level:  

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants:

Length of Tour: 4 days, 3 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $375

Associate: $475

Emeritus: $525

Guest: $525

 

Eau Claire’s Artistic Revolution

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, could probably lay claim to being “The Indie Capital of the Midwest,” but trademarking that would be far too corporate a move for this independent-minded university town. Instead, Eau Claire, located at the confluence of the crystal clear Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, goes its own way and encourages everyone who visits to come along for the ride. This is where farm kids grow up to be artists and entrepreneurs (Shout out to Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon). Where attitude is more important than age. Where hospitality is legit. Where originality is celebrated. In other words, indie.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level:

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants: 10 (or two smaller tours)

Length of Tour: 3 days, 2 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $200

Associate: $375

Emeritus: $350

Guest: $350

 

Homegrown Heritage: The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

Nowhere in the world does the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright echo more resonantly than among the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin. Here, in the sweep of the Wyoming Valley first settled by his immigrant Welsh parents, Wright built Taliesin, his renowned estate and studio that is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He is a true Wisconsin native – who created and built much of his finest work in the state.

Opened in 2017, Wisconsin’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trail takes travelers on a 250-mile, self-guided tour featuring the architecture of Wisconsin-native Frank Lloyd Wright. The trail includes nine buildings spread across nine counties and highlights the breadth of Wright’s work, from private homes and public office buildings to a warehouse and place of worship.

 

Itinerary

Activity Level: 2-3 

Minimum Participants:

Maximum Participants: 10

Length of Tour: 3 days, 2 nights

 

Pricing

Active: $400

Associate: $525

Emeritus: $575

Guest: $575