If you haven’t yet discovered Wausau, Wisconsin, you need to move it to the top of your travel list for this fall and winter. It’s a true gem of a city, offering something for just about everyone. There’s plenty of shopping, art museums, and historic attractions, and it is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails, great parks like Rib Mountain State Park, one of the Midwest’s top ski areas during winter, and plenty of other parks and nature trails to enjoy. To top it off, Wausau is also home to some seriously delicious restaurants, ensuring you’ll have the energy you need to keep exploring this incredible town. Book your room at the Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel in Wausau, and come explore the beauty of Rib Mountain with us this fall.
Explore Rib Mountain State Park
During the winter months, Rib Mountain State Park is best known for its popular ski hill, Granite Peak Ski Area. It is one of the best ski resorts in the Midwest. During the remainder of the year, Rib Mountain State Park is much beloved for its scenic beauty, trails, and scenic viewpoints.
Rib Mountain, the third tallest point in Wisconsin, is actually one of the oldest rock formations on earth, at an astounding 1.7 billion years old. It’s an excellent place to spend a beautiful fall day. In total, there are more than 13 miles of hiking trails within Rib Mountain State Park, some of them culminating with extraordinary views over the Wausau area and Wisconsin River, which at this time of year glow brightly in their brilliant autumnal hues. The Gray Trail will take you up to the 60-foot observation tower. From there, you’ll enjoy exceptional views of Wausau below. Other points of interest in Rib Mountain State Park include the popular Queen’s Chair rock formation, sliding rock, and sunset point. Right now, you can also enjoy fall chairlift rides up Granite Peak through October 21, 2018.
It’s also never too soon to start thinking about those ski trips you’ll want to take this winter. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain, and offers some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding in the entire Midwest. Stewart Inn, Wausau’s premiere boutique hotel, offers luxury amenities and spectacular service can’t be matched anywhere else in Wausau. Availability at the Stewart Inn are limited, so you’ll want to plan well in advance and make your reservations early.