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Visit Beloit Blog | February 21, 2018

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Pit Stops and Photo Ops off Interstate 90/94 -

Pit Stops and Photo Ops off Interstate 90/94 Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue Pie at Norske Nook Mill Bluff State Park Road Dawg | Beloit, Wisconsin Rest area in Poynette, Wiscosin

Pit stops and more right off Interstate 90/94

I am originally from the Rice Lake area and have been making the trip from Beloit to northern Wisconsin for over ten years. During our many travels, we have learned some worthwhile places to stop. In this blog, you will find quick and easy stops from Beloit to Eau Claire for those of you who need to arrive at your destination as efficiently as possible as well as a couple of places that are unique to Wisconsin a short distance from the interstate for those of you who desire a more leisurely pace. Either way, I hope you find this helpful for your next trip towards Eau Claire or the Twin Cities.

Road Dawg | Beloit, Wisconsin

Photo Op: Road Dawg

First stop, before you even leave Beloit, take a photo with the Road Dawg at the Rodeway Inn. This will be one of many photo opportunities on your trip.

Cornellier's Superstore | Beloit, Wisconsin

Only in Wisconsin

Right across the street from the Road Dawg is Cornellier’s Superstore. Consider a gift of cheese curds so fresh they squeak or the very popular New Glarus beer that you can only get in Wisconsin. Your Minnesota friends and family will love it!

Giant Pink Elephant | DeForest, Wisconsin

Photo Op: Giant Pink Elephant

Another fun photo opportunity! Stop in De Forest, just north of Madison right off the interstate and take a selfie with the giant Pink Elephant!

Rest area in Poynette, Wiscosin

Taj Mahal of rest areas

The first available Rest Area is located in Poynette, Wisconsin about 80 miles north of Beloit so if you haven’t stopped yet now is the time! Super easy on and off, this Rest Area is unofficially known as the Taj Mahal of all rest areas in Wisconsin. It is very nice and the restrooms are clean. Are you in a hurry? Set your stop watch and see if everyone can be back in the car in less than 8 minutes.

Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue

Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue

This stop is about a half hour off the interstate but if you love cats you will love Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue! Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue was established back in 2002 to rescue Big Cats from areas where they were mistreated. This rescue center allows the cats to live out the rest of their lives in a healthy, safe, peaceful environment. If you want a super amazing experience, go on their website and sign up for a personal tour where you can watch the cats being fed. It is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these gorgeous creatures.

Mill Bluff State Park

Mill Bluff State Park

Mill Bluff State Park is located right off the interstate. It is a great place to stop and stretch your legs. It has a ½ mile nature trail that circles the base of the bluff and then 223 stone steps (enough to intimidate Rocky) leading to the top. Climb all the way to top and the view is spectacular!

Carr Valley Cheese | Mauston, WI


Mauston is an oasis for travelers. It is a convenient stop for food, fuel, gifts and even miniature golf.

Carr Valley Cheese in Mauston is another great, convenient place right off the interstate to get cheese. They offer fresh cheese curds and a variety of award winning cheeses.

Wisconsin Concrete Park | Phillips, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Concrete Park

If you are not in a hurry and would like to see something unique on your travels, consider Wisconsin Concrete Park located in Phillips. Wisconsin Concrete Park was established in 1948 by native George Smith and is considered to be one of the most unique displays of folk art in America. Of his 230 statues, the most widely recognized include statues of Ben Hur, the Lincolns, Sacajawea, and Paul Bunyan. Wisconsin Concrete Park is located at N8236 South Hwy 13, Phillips, Wisconsin, one mile south of Phillips on Hwy 13.

Pie at Norske Nook

Norske Nook

And finally, this is your last stop. You have nearly reached your destination. Consider stopping at the infamous Norske Nook right off the interstate in Osseo. Enjoy some coffee and homemade pie!

Safe travels!



I love Beloit! I appreciate the racial diversity our community embraces, the teams of extremely dedicated volunteers and staff that ensures we continue to progress and the livelihood of our area evidenced daily with different activities and events. I am happy to call Beloit home!