This trip was more like a final trip for sis during her stay in the United States. We spent two nights in Chicago, IL, a night in Milwaukee, WI and another night in Madison, WI.

After a long 6-hour drive, Chicago welcomed us with heavy rain. In fact, the rain was so bad and windy that most motorists parked their vehicles beside the road. The weather on the following day was much better. We spent most of our time strolling along the Michigan Avenue a.k.a. “The Magnificent Mile” and the nearby parks rather than visiting the museums this time. In the afternoon, we did the Chicago River Architecture boat tour, which was very interesting and informative. The skyscrapers in Chicago are truly works of art.

We departed to Milwaukee from Chicago. Milwaukee seems like a big city, yet the buildings look dull and boring, and the motorists tend to drive below the speed limit, which is the complete opposite of the motorists in Chicago. We visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Miller Brewery Factory Tour and the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The Harley-Davidson Museum seems to be the most interesting one among those attractions. The bike collections and related artifacts are just impressive.

We spent our last night in Madison where we visited the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the Wisconsin State Capitol. The building design is astoundingly breathtaking and beautiful, using the construction materials from various countries, such as Greece, Algeria, Italy and France. We joined the free tour where the tour guide showed us some of the important rooms, such as Supreme Court, Governor’s Conference Room, Senate Chamber, Assembly Chamber and North Hearing Room.

This is probably one of those trips where we tried a lot of ethnic dishes: Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Laotian and American. The dishes were awesome and we always enjoy trying something new.

Day 1: Buckingham Fountain.
Day 2: Cloud Gate.
Day 2: Chicago skyline view from John Hancock Observatory.
Day 2: Chicago skyline view from Navy Pier.
Day 3: Whole lot of cheese curds.
Day 3: Milwaukee Art Museum.
Day 4: Miller Brewery Factory tour.
Day 4: Harley-Davidson Museum.
Day 5: Wisconsin State Capitol.
Day 5: Wisconsin beer cheese soup.
The actual trip route.

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