Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center -
Of the million and a half travelers that stopped in at the I-90 Rest Area last year, the Beloit Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center served well over 118,000 face-to-face visitors. While the majority of our visitors come from our neighboring southern state, we, the Welcome Center staff, have had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world.
Every day is unique and different at the Welcome Center. We would like to share a few highlights from 2013.
We never know who will be passing through the Welcome Center. You can imagine our surprise when we looked out our window and saw this beauty! Three horses took a much needed break from their trailer on their way home from a competition in Virginia. They were happy to get out and graze!
A Stopping Point for Bikers
Friday August 30th was our biggest day of the season! We served more than 1,300 visitors, due largely in part to Harley Davidson’s 110th Anniversary. We had 80 bikers from Brazil that rented bikes in Atlanta, GA and stopped on their way to Milwaukee.
This was Chases’ first trip to Wisconsin! Chase represents all the cute babies that stop in for a break from their travels.
Heading to and from Wisconsin adventures
We had a couple stop in on their way to Bayfield, WI. He was participating in the Point to LaPointe fundraising event. Participants swim in the freezing open water from the shores of Lake Superior to Madeline Island (last year the water temperature was a whopping 62 degrees) for a distance of 2 miles. They shared this photo with us and said they enjoyed their stay!
And our final highlight of 2013 was National Tourism Week. In honor of National Tourism Week, we showed our visitors we appreciated them by washing their windshields, conversing with them in the “Be in It, Join in a Conversation” ball pit, giving out cheese samples, handing out doggie treats for our canine friends, and offering mini courses on bee keeping, quilting, and even raising worms!
Tourism continues to grow in our beautiful state of Wisconsin. We enjoy helping visitors with their travels and look forward to more interesting encounters in 2014!