"An overnight stop on a long road-trip" Eau Claire by Bwana_Brown

Eau Claire Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 8 photos

Although it had taken us three long days of driving to reach Eau Claire from New Brunswick, Canada we had settled into a nice routine of cruise-control on the American Interstate highway system. By mid-October, the long winter nights are starting to set in, so 10-hours a day is about all you can squeeze out of it before the numerous deer begin to dart out unexpectedly while you are at full tilt - just not worth the risk.

I had spent a few days in Milwaukee, Wisconsin a few years before on business, but this was our first trip through the western part of the state. The landscape was quite impressive, with its glacially carved stone formations, but we were a bit put-off by the numerous garish water-slide theme parks and the odd casino that have plunked themselves down beside the highway in this unique wilderness area. However, I guess that is to be expected, since this has been a prime American tourist area for over 100 years!

At the end of the day, we had a fantastic meal and a beautiful sleep!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Countryside well worth checking out
  • Cons:A major tourist destination with prices to accompany in 'season'
  • In a nutshell:Eau Claire treated us well
  • Last visit to Eau Claire: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    After so much time on the road it sounds like you found a great place for both food and accommodation! Too bad about all the them-parks and casinos along the road!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Happy to have found this little gem, Glenn. Have not seen much of WI but The Dells look to be worth going back for! Thank goodness for Chinese take-out, surely the road warrior's savior.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    The name itself is appealing. It might as well have been coined by the Tourist office! I understand that after driving such a long way, you did not look for the clear water !

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Glenn, you certainly deserved a little comfort after driving 1000 km per day! Country Inn Suites must be a nice place to stay. The food looks really tempting, especially scallops in ginger sauce with celery... Yummy! :)

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Glenn, as usual your writings and pictures bring places alive. Places I never have heard of before.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2007 at 5:17 AM

    Chinese food looks yummy even to go. Cheers, SL

  • Nov 20, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    I?m embarrassed to admit that prior to reading this page I knew absolutely nothing about the Dells. But as always, you have proven to be a source of insight. Thanks! How about those Red Sox!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:02 AM

    Wisconsin Dells are looking interesting !

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    The Dells are one of the most touristy spots in the midwest, but they still have their beauty if you can get past the waterskiing squirrels and endless water parks!


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