Next road trip is to southern Wisconsin

For the past two months I’ve been in the sunny and warm climates of southeast Asia and southern Mexico, so the changing autumn season has not graced itself. It’s sort of an odd feeling to be somewhere in the world where the seasons do not change. My next road trip will be the polar opposite of tropical weather, I’m heading to southern Wisconsin where my hub will be in Janesville. My hope is to see lots of snow and Christmas lights to get me into the holiday spirit. I really enjoy winter road trips, the scenery is quite different with fun seasonal activities.

Photo supplied by: Janesville CVB
Photo supplied by: Janesville CVB

From Phoenix I will fly to Milwaukee, rent a car and begin heading south in search of those hidden gems of the road. If you’re from, or have ever visited Janesville or southern Wisconsin, please let me know what winter activities or stops I should not miss by leaving a comment below.

Photo supplied by: Janesville CVB
Photo supplied by: Janesville CVB

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. Hi Mike,

    I was just researching my former classmates in “Ice Cream University – Cold Stone” from back in 2004 and saw your name in the grad photo. It’s a truly small world as I live in “southern WI” close to Janesville. Please take a 100-150 mile road trip NW to my former home area of La Crosse WI and take in the “Rotary Lights” during the Christmas season. And also take in the beauty of that Mississippi River Valley surrounded by scenic bluffs and take the trip up to “Grand Dad’s Bluff” as well if you make the trip to La Crosse.

    And then back to the “Southern Lakes” area of WI or Walworth County and visit Lake Geneva, WI, where I Uber drive PT on weekends.

    Maybe we can connect for lunch sometime when you are in the area.


  2. If you haven’t left Wisconsin yet, you have to drive through the driftless area and see the area the glaciers did not touch. Then stop in Viroqua at the co-op for lunch and then to The Driftless Angler to meet Geri and Mat, the most knowledgeable people in town on the rivers of that area. Happy and safe travels! Love your adventures!

  3. I was fascinated to read about your adventures and experiences in Janesville. As you noted, there’s much here that longtime local people often don’t take time to appreciate. I worked at the Janesville Gazette for 46 years, the last 40 as sports editor, and am attached this area, where I grew up. By today’s standards, the award-winning Gazette is unique in that it has been a family-owned (by the same family) daily newspaper for well over 100 years. I was always proud to work for that family before retiring five years ago. Their main office is right across the street from where you took some downtown photos.

    My neighbor’s daughter is the director of the Milton House, and I know how special that facility is with her. My wife grew up (with her 15 brothers and sisters) in the La Crosse area, and a previous letter-writer was right in telling you how special that area is, too. I look forward to having dinner there at least twice each year at the historic Freight House Restaurant (an actual old railroad freight house, which was turned into a high-class supper club and is on the national historic register). That’s all well worth your time, as is the beautiful 45-mile drive right along the Mississippi River from historic Prairie du Chien up to La Crosse.

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