Grafton, Saukville, West Bend, and Pike Lake State Park Professional Review and Guide
"For a fast getaway to a relatively rural area close to Milwaukee, this road trip can be done in a day or served up in delightfully delicious morsels. A drive around this part of Wisconsin, barely an hour north and northwest of Milwaukee, is especially fantastic during autumn, when all the oaks and maples show their colorful stuff. While there’s the unfortunate blight of creeping ranch homes, you can still enjoy the rustic get-out-of-town ambience that permeates the area.
If you take the time to enjoy a day trip here, your heart and spirit will be amply rewarded. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Milwaukee. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."