By Rick Popely, Chicago Tribune autos contributor.
Wisconsin Route 60 west of Madison winds along the north bank of the Wisconsin River through gently rolling hills, wooded areas and interesting towns like Spring Green. There are apple orchards and organic farms selling locally-grown food.
Wi-60 ends at Prairie du Chein (and the site of Wisconsin's only War of 1812 battle) on the Mississippi River, about 100 miles from Madison.
Side trip along the Mississippi River from Prairie du Chien to La Crosse on Wi-35 and then. Popely says there are plenty of scenic views of the Mississippi as well as many independent restaurants on this drive. On return, go south on the Minnesota side and to Iowa-26 to Prairie du Chien, cross back to Wisconsin and take US-18 to U.S. 61 to Dubuque and then US-20 to Galena, Illiinois to Rockford.
Anyone who thinks Illinois is all flat needs to drive from Dubuque to Freeport, Illinois.
From Chicago to Prairie du Chien will take about five hours and cover 267 miles.
Great Fall Color. --RoadDog