Waukesha is a city in Southeast Wisconsin. It is located about 20 miles West of Downtown Milwaukee
Interstate 94 is the main East-West route through Waukesha. It connects the city with Madison and other points west, as well as with Milwaukee and Chicago to the east and southeast. The closest major airport is Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport, which is located about 30 minutes east of the city. Also available is Chicago O'Hare International Airport, located about 2 hours southeast.
Waukesha is easily navigable by car. Non-locals may be confused by the high number of five-way intersections, but the old-one way streets are a thing of the past, which makes navigating the city much easier that it once was. Waukesha Metro Transit also provides bus service to the city, with the transfer point located at the terminal downtown. Limited bus connections are available to Milwaukee County Transit System for service to Milwaukee County and the surrounding areas.
Waukesha is the county seat of Waukesha County. The Lake Country area in the northwestern portion of the county offers outdoor activities such a swimming, golfing, camping, fishing, boating, etc. There is also plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife around much of the county, as well as the city of Waukesha itself.
The best time to visit Waukesha is on a Friday night during the summer. Like most of the surrounding area you can treat yourself a Friday Fish Fry at one of the local restaurants and then watch as the entire historic downtown is turned into an open stage where a dozen local bands come to preform. While listening to the music you can also peruse the many art galleries and antiques shops. If you are looking for a break from the music you can take a nice stroll or bike ride along the river walk.
There are many bike trail throughout Waukesha. For the most part all of the trails are well maintained. The best known bike trail is the Glacier Drummer which starts in the downtown and will take you all the way to Madison. Another bike path is the New Berlin Bike Trail which will take you to Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.
If you aren't lucky enough to visit in the summer and there is enough snow on the ground; sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing are always fun. Because of the hilly nature of the area it isn't hard to find a good place for sledding. You can rent snow shoes Minoka Park and Rezter nature center. Lastly there are great cross country skiing trails at Lapham Peak State park. They also rent out ski equipment if you don't have your own.