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Watching the waters from Eau Claire’s 2 rivers gracefully converging, while cycling along the pretty Chippewa River Trail, will give you a crystal clear understanding as to why Eau Claire is a city in demand. Close to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, Eau Claire is blossoming into a family-friendly, action-packed destination. While logs were once the city’s main export, Eau Claire is now building a reputation for sharing culture with the world. The success of band Bon Iver is just one example, from a city where swirling string concerts, gripping drama productions, and vibrant art displays take place on a nightly basis.

Things to see

Spend a sunny day riding the miniature steam train, which trundles around the horseshoe shaped lake at Carson Park, before strolling through the park’s chattering woods, which are alive with birdsong. You won’t give two hoots what the weather’s like outside as you torpedo down winding water slides in Eau Claire’s indoor Chaos Water Park. Swim a few gentle lengths - below a spaghetti tangle of exciting water slides - or try to keep your head above water as you’re tossed about in the wave pool. For a more sophisticated afternoon, thrust your nose into generous glasses of vanilla-infused wines at a local winery. You can even hop aboard another miniature train to tour the orchards and vineyards, which sag with fruits that may one day make it into your glass.

Hotels in Eau Claire

Budget and midrange hotels offer a relaxing stay in Eau Claire, or you can spend a little extra to treat yourself to a boutique 60s-style option – complete with zebra skin patterned furniture, and bright blocks of color on the walls. Sweeping indoor pools will prove too tempting to resist, giving you an unbeatable way to burn off extra calories - especially useful if you’ve overindulged on chargrilled steak from your Eau Claire hotel’s attached restaurant. While it’s unlikely that you’ll want to spend too long in your room while you’re here, WiFi connectivity, a flat-screen television, and hot drinks facilities will always be waiting if you do have any downtime.

Where to stay

A selection of hotels orbit the campus of the University of Wisconsin, and choosing from these will leave you close to the bars and steakhouses along W Clairemont Avenue – where cold beer flows freely and live sport is always on the TV. Stay downtown, and you’ll be within walking distance of Eau Claire Regional Arts Center’s bursting schedule of intimate performances and concerts. Another option is to stay a little to the north, at Chippewa Falls. This town’s centerpiece is the wide Lake Wisotta, where you can spend gentle mornings sending golf balls whistling through the air at 1 of the 3 scenic courses that border the water. If you’re a fishing fan, be sure to visit during the winter for a new challenge – ice fishing. Drill a hole into the lake’s thick ice, and drop a line to catch the crappies that swim below.

How to get to Eau Claire

Eau Claire has its own airport, in the form of Chippewa Valley Regional, which means flying in from Chicago is hassle-free. You also have the option to fly to the much larger Minneapolis – St Paul International Airport, if you’re coming from further away. The drive over from the Twin Cites takes around an hour and a half, and you can hop aboard an airport shuttle bus to cover the distance without renting a car.

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