I travel the Oshkosh-Tomah route regularly, and I always take Hwy 21. I don't know if it's really scenic but it is the fastest route. Plenty of small towns to drive through. It's only a 2 lane highway, so be prepared for possible slower moving vehicles.
Can't help on the east bound route from Wausau.
Have a good trip.
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I always like to check out Rustic Roads when I drive in Wisconsin, www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/scenic/maps.htm. When you head east from Wausau, you'll go right through Waupaca County, where there are three Rustic Roads, two in the Chain O' Lakes area between Hartman Creek State Park and Rural, a little New England-style hamlet on the Crystal River. From Rural, go east and you'll come to Little Hope and the pretty little Red Mill, which is surrounded by flowering trees this time of year.
This is glacial moraine, so it's really scenic. Farther south, there are four Rustic Roads along Wisconsin 21 between Appleton and the Wisconsin River. They're short, but they lead you to some fun places.
Beth at MidwestWeekends.com
Thanks for the suggestions. It looks like a nice loop to get off US10 onto Rural Road 57, connecting to R23/24, into Rural and then to Little Hope. And a few nice side RR off of 21 also, on the way back. Looking forward to my drive.
Hwy 29 is a 65 MPH 4-lane freeway road (2 lanes in each direction) between Eau Claire and Wausau -- in fact it is 4 lane all across the state between I-94 (near Chippewa Falls) and Green Bay. This does not necessarily equate with scenic, however we often see Amish buggies using Hwy 29 right along with us. There are also some cute towns and great cheese factories along the way, but you have to turn off of Hwy 29 to get to them. Hwy 10 goes straight through a number of sleepy towns, and is a 2-lane highway. There are also plenty of Amish farms and cheese factories accessible from Hwy 10 as well.
Thanks for your tips. I had a nice trip, with very nice detours on the rustic roads. The town of Rural was great, with the water snaking through the town.
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