There's also a lot to do downtown, and you can get a good rate at hotels, which are expensive during the summer festival season.
What else to do: See the "Global Kitchen'' exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. On the lakefront, visit Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum, whose "wings'' open at 10 a.m., flap at noon and close at 5 p.m.
Details: For more, see Playtime in Milwaukee.
On this wide spot of the Mississippi, villages emerge from their winter slumber with the reopening of the popular Harbor View Cafe, which marks the start of tourist season.
Where to start: It's a 70-mile loop from Red Wing, Minn., in the north and Nelson, Wis., in the south.
What to do: Explore the artsy shops in Stockholm. Visit the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. See downtown Red Wing or climb Barn Bluff. Admire the view from Maiden Rock Bluff state natural area (pictured).
In Pepin, the Harbor View Cafe is open for lunch and dinner Fridays-Sundays in early spring. No reservations.
Details: For more, see A spin around Lake Pepin.
Along the Mississippi River, it's a good time to go bird-watching, as migrating eagles begin to return to summer haunts.
What to do: Visit the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. Find eagles by hiking into sloughs along the Mississippi, Chippewa or Black rivers near Trempealeau and Alma, Wis. Look for eagles in La Crosse or below dams (pictured, the dam in Genoa, Wis.).
Events to catch: March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, Soar With the Eagles festival in Wabasha.
Details: For more, see All eyes on Wabasha.
When snow covers the Bayfield Peninsula, attention turns from Lake Superior to the hills. That's where there are miles of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, mushing and sledding.
Events to catch: March 3-5, Winter Festival.
Details: For more, see Bayfield in winter.
On Minnesota's Gunflint Trail, this is prime time. Resist the urge to wait for spring and head north for the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling of the season.
Events to catch: March 12, Dog Days of Winter Fun from the Trail Center.
Details: For more, see Winter on Minnesota's Gunflint Trail.