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Big city benefits meet small-town charm in Wausau, where it's just as easy to hike along babbling brooks as it is to plunge down daring ski slopes, or sip coffees in friendly downtown cafés. Wausau is a city for all seasons, and whether it's crunching through fall's fiery foliage, or smothering on sunscreen before kayaking across Wisconsin River's glass-smooth water, new experiences are waiting throughout the year. One thing's for sure, you'll always receive a warm welcome from the residents of this charming northern city, whenever you visit.

Things to see

Strap on your skis, or buckle on your snowboard, before trusting your instincts and launching into 1 of Granite Ski Area's daring downhill runs. It's probably sensible to give the resort's heart-stopping - 200-meter vertical drop - a wide berth, however. The winding ski runs glow bright white under the deep blue sky during the day, but night skiing gives you the unforgettable chance to glide down the resort's floodlit snakes of light, below a glowing ceiling of stars. The ski area sits less than 10 miles away from downtown, in the scenic Rib Mountain State Park – and the park is just as spectacular when its coat of snow has melted away. Peek your head above the trees, to view the landscape, by climbing the steps of the 60-feet-tall wooden observation deck. Once you've got your breath back, you'll be rewarded with beautiful, open views of the color-speckled forest scenery. Nerve-shredding thrills are also available all year round, thanks to the frothy white water rafting facilities waiting at the Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau. If lazily pushing your kayak through the gentle currents of the Wisconsin River sounds more appealing, then an all-day excursion will give you chance to drift slowly back to Wausau, racing the clear river's fish as you paddle.

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Sip from a fizzing flute of champagne, while reclining in a frothy bath, at 1 of Wausau's gloriously indulgent hotels. Spacious rooms comfortably house 2 double beds, while still leaving plenty of room for you to relax around an open fire, or watch your flat-screen television. Hotels in the city offer fitness centers, indoor swimming pools, and muscle-soothing hot tubs – and remember, a cool beer from the hotel bar will taste that little bit more satisfying after a workout. Book with confidence, knowing that free WiFi access, a delicious breakfast, and in-room tea and coffee making facilities are likely to be provided.

Where to stay

The River District is a vibrant area of the city, and a stroll around its streets will always reveal something new to see or do. Pick up a slice of local apple-smoked cheese from the farmers' market, or attend 1 of the regular concerts in the square – during which local artists and bands shake the surroundings buildings with their music. Staying to the east of the city puts the Nine Mile Recreation Area within easy reach, and the park offers a great setting for cross-country skiing. Keep your eyes peeled, as there's a chance you'll spot the tree-like antlers of elk, and scampering feet of coyotes, as you slide across the snow.

How to get to Wausau

Soar in to land at Central Wisconsin Airport, which is just 15 miles away from Wausau, and offers convenient daily flights to a selection of Midwest cities - including Minneapolis, Chicago, and Detroit. If you're driving, Milwaukee and Minneapolis are approximately 3 hours away, while Chicago is a 4 hour drive. Rail travel is also possible, but you'll need to hop on a connecting Amtrak bus service to Portage station.

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