This town in north-central Wisconsin is all about the outdoors in winter.
But in addition to a variety of snow sports that's among the best in the Midwest, Wausau has fine dining, lovely hotels and a popular art museum. Best of all, it's easy to reach from the big cities.
What to do: Ski downhill at Granite Peak. Ski cross-country at Nine Mile County Forest. Snowshoe at Rib Mountain State Park. Tube at Sylvan Hill Park.
Visit the free Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. See a show at the Grand Theater.
Events to catch: Jan. 26, Winter Fest. Weekends through Feb. 24, Badger State Winter Games.
Details: For more, see Winter in Wausau.