The ride is perhaps best enjoyed just before a summer sunset, as golden hues bathe the treetops. Be warned, however, as this is prime deer time and deer are everywhere. The abundant wildlife of the area is best enjoyed from the many National Forest hiking trails and the couple of campgrounds along the way. But despite the smooth curves and relative remoteness of this fine road, you'll find the forest's relaxing effect will make you want to take it slowly. Your sunset drive will time you perfectly to come in for dinner at the White Spruce Inn in Eagle River. This restaurant, built around a historic log cabin on the river, was once on the edge of town, but now you'll have to drive past expanding strip malls and big discount stores to find it. Try the smoked BBQ ribs, they're some of the best in the country.
Eagle River is the seat of Vilas County, the most lake-dotted county in Wisconsin, so opportunities for boating, fishing and all kinds of summer activities abound. Rte. 70 is also well-maintained during northern Wisconsin's harsh winter, and that time of year offers a very different look into the region. For winter types, don't forget Eagle River is the "Snowmobile Capital of the World," and hosts the World Championship Snowmobile Derby and 500 miles of snowmobile trails. Tiny Eagle River's population swells exponentially during vacation season, but don't despair at having to return to civilization. Rte. 70 keeps going west across the state if you want to get back out in the woods, and virtually every turnoff is another scenic drive.
Iron Mountain, MI
Distance of Drive:
White Spruce Inn
429 N. Railroad St., Eagle River, WI 54521
Call ahead to confirm hours of operation.
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Points of Interest on Drive:
Nicolet National Forest
White Spruce Inn