Best of the Chippewa Valley

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Best Museum/Historic Site

Experience the rich history of the Chippewa Valley through the Chippewa Valley Museum (1204 E. Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire). See current exhibits in person or virtually that explore immigration and innovation in the area. Visit the historical Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, (205 Main St. E., Menomonie), constructed in 1889 using locally sourced materials. On to Chippewa Falls, where you can tour the Leinenkugel’s Brewery (124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls) – it still contains 4,067 of the building’s original bricks – and learn about its 150 years of brewing tradition. –Jen Ekblad