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At the heart of America’s Great Lakes region – situated just north of Lake Winnebago and a few miles west of Lake Michigan – Appleton is an all-American city as wholesome as it sounds. Alongside its popular local malls, it has acres of open space, perfect for ball games in the summer and ice hockey in the winter. The Fox River is the lifeblood of the city, which, as well as a proud hydroelectric heritage, provides diverse nature areas for wildlife watchers.

Things to see

One of the most famous sights in the city center is the Hearthstone Historic House, a flamboyant 19th century mansion, which was the first house in the world to be powered by hydroelectricity. The original electrical lights are still inside the house, and there’s a hands-on Hydro Adventure Center, with a working model of the original hydroelectric system. For those visiting with children, the Building For Kids Children’s Museum nearby is even better, with fun toy and play-related exhibits, and special events, such as drama workshops and storytelling sessions to keep little ones entertained and happy. The Barlow Planetarium also features many child-friendly events, but there’s scientific detail for adults, and the whole family will be simply mesmerized by the views of the cosmos on a clear night. If you’re seeking a bit of retail therapy, Appleton’s Fox River Mall is the second-largest in Wisconsin, with hundreds of fashion stores.

Hotels in Appleton

There are numerous budget hotels in Appleton – a range of cheap but cheerful hotels and motels vie for your custom, offering very decent and comfortable rooms and a host of freebies, including continental or cooked breakfasts, ample parking, satellite TVs, and WiFi access, dependent on the exact hotel you choose. Some also provide fitness centers and airport shuttle services, all at discount prices. There are also a couple of luxury hotels to choose from. These properties have a greater sense of style and the rooms are furnished to a high quality. They also provide spa treatments and 24-hour room service.

Where to stay

If you’re looking for a discount hotel in Appleton, the area around the west end of College Avenue offers the best choice. Here, you’ll be close to Fox River Mall and there are numerous restaurants and bars within the vicinity. The regional airport is also nearby, making it quick and easy to get to. The museums and other attractions are within walking distance or a very short drive away. If you’d rather be right in the city center, you’ll have a choice of a few mid-range and luxury hotels, offering good value prices. The main attractions will be right on the doorstep.

How to get to Appleton

Appleton is very conveniently served by the Outagamie County Regional Airport. For a small airport, it has connections with surprisingly large hubs across the USA, including Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Orlando, so wherever in the world you are coming from, it’s straightforward to reach. From the airport, you can either hire a car or take a taxi to complete the very short 5-10 minute journey into the city, depending on where you are staying. Many of the hotels also offer a free shuttle service if you book it in advance – that way you can really minimize time spent waiting.

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