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Wisconsin boasts nearly 20 Tesla charging stations for environmentally conscious drivers


MADISON, Wis. (April 13, 2015) To mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, it seems fitting to look at a recent trend that has migrated to the Midwest – the growing popularity of electric cars, more specifically, Teslas. The carmaker, whose stock is up sharply on strong sales, just announced an improved navigation system that will plan routes taking into account available charging stations. So map your route from one Tesla charging station to the next in Wisconsin, building in time for visits to Travel Green Wisconsin Certified businesses along the way. From a state that was home to environmental  activism trendsetter and founder of Earth Day Gaylord Nelson, it’s no surprise that the Badger state is the perfect place to (tire) tread lightly while enjoying one of the most eco-friendly destinations in the Midwest.

Nearly 20 Tesla Charging Stations and Counting 

All the major destinations in Wisconsin have Tesla charging stations. To the north, there’s Eau Claire, Wausau, Green Bay and La Crosse. To the south, you’re covered with charging stations in Madison and Milwaukee. Which means you can effectively pinball your way around the vast majority of the state, taking any route you like.  

In Madison, a city known for its love of two-wheel transportation and sporting tons of bike-friendly paths, you can experience two ends of the Travel Green Wisconsin Certified spectrum – nature’s art  and artistic performances – when you visit both the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the Overture Center for the Arts. There is a Supercharger station at East Towne Mall and a charging station at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. Other fine eco-lodging choices include the Arbor House, An Environmental Inn and Token Creek Eco Inn.  Make a stop at Capital Brewery, where their craft beers have over 200 awards to their credit. 

Green Bay is home to a Tesla charging station and stellar Travel Green Wisconsin Certified attractions, like the Green Bay Botanical Garden and a foodie find with a name that’s a (delicious) mouthful – Kavarna Coffeehouse & Parisi’s Delicatessen.

 When in Wausau to charge your Tesla, you must visit the free Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, with its annual “Birds in Art” exhibition and spectacular sculpture gardens. Rib Mountain State Park, with a billion-year-old hill that is one of the oldest geologic formations on earth, is a great spot for picnicking and hiking.

There are two charging stations in the world waterpark capital, also known as Wisconsin Dells, where couples can unwind with a spa together service at the adult-only eco-friendly Sundara Inn & Spa. You’ll definitely want to take the short jaunt to Baraboo to visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation (note, there’s a regular charging station here too), where you can tour the “shack” made famous in Leopold’s tome “A Sand County Almanac.”  Leopold is considered by many as the father of wildlife management. The International Crane Foundation is in Baraboo too, and it’s the only place in the world you can see all 15 species of cranes. Nearby Devil’s Lake State Park is the most visited park in Wisconsin and the hike up and view from the quartzite bluffs will literally and figuratively take your breath away. 

The charging station in the charming town of Green Lake is at the Heidel House Resort & Spa. Indulge in some ice cream at the Pump House Parlor on the grounds of the resort.

The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, a favorite getaway for Chicagoans, has a Tesla charging station. In other words, recharge your batteries at the spa while your car is recharging. After all that R&R you should have plenty of energy for a zipline adventure – soar above the green treetops at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

The Elkhart Lake area is a vacationer’s paradise, and it seems fitting that nearby Road America race track in Plymouth would be kitted out with a charging station. Spend the night at The Osthoff Resort on the shores of the lake – this Travel Green Wisconsin Certified resort is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations That Are Also Attractions

You needn’t own a Tesla to leave a lighter footprint, any electric vehicle will do, and there are nearly 80 electric car charging stations conveniently scattered around the state.

In the Milwaukee area, charge up at Discovery World, a hands-on science center on Lake Michigan. As for Travel Green Wisconsin Certified attractions, the Harley-Davidson Museum, a tribute to two wheels under power, comes highly recommended. Lakefront Brewery is a  thirst-quenching stop, as is the Miller Brewery Tour. Take in a major league baseball game at Miller Park – yes, the ballpark is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified – then retreat to the historic Pfister Hotel (bonus: there’s a Tesla charging station here) and take advantage of their on-site WELL Spa. 

Door County sports some of the newest charging stations in the state with more on the way, evidence of the community’s longstanding predilection for ecotourism. The choices of Travel Green Wisconsin Certified inns and B&Bs here are bountiful: There’s the Black Walnut Guest House in Sturgeon Bay, Blacksmith Inn on the Shore in Baileys Harbor, and Bay Point Inn in Egg Harbor. Get out on the water with Bella Sailing Cruises in Ephraim or Door County Kayak Tours in Fish Creek. There’s also Bread & Water, a hybrid kayak outfitter/café/inn on Washington Island. Golf the Bay Ridge course in Sister Bay. Get all your steps in with visits to Whitefish Dunes State Park, Newport State Park, Peninsula State Park, and Potawatomi State Park.      

For a complete list of Travel Green Wisconsin Certified hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops, visit

Sidebar: Tesla Connector and Supercharger Stations at a Glance

Wisconsin has a handful of Supercharger stations that can recharge a Model S in about 30-45 minutes. That way you can be back on the road and enjoying your Wisconsin road trip in no time flat.

Eau Claire Supercharger – 2 Supercharger stalls available 24/7

Shoppes at Oakwood

4601 Keystone Crossing

Eau Claire, WI 54701

La Crosse Supercharger – 6 Supercharger stalls available 24/7

Midwest Prairie Business Center

2845 Midwest Drive

Onalaska, WI 54650

Madison Supercharger – 3 Supercharger stalls available 24/7

East Towne Mall

89 East Towne Mall

Madison, WI 53704

Mauston Supercharger – 6 Supercharger stalls available 24/7

Culver’s of Mauston

640 McEvoy Street

Mauston, WI 53948

Pleasant Prairie Supercharger – 8 Supercharger stalls available 24/7

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets

11211 120th Avenue

Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

Add to that list these connector stations, listed north to south:

Courtyard Wausau – 1 Tesla connector for guests only

1000 S. 22nd Avenue

Wausau, WI 54401

Midwest Renewable Energy Association – 1 Tesla connector, available to the public

7558 Deer Road

Cluster, Wisconsin 54423

Aloft Hotel – 1 Tesla connector for guests only

465 Pilgrim Way

Green Bay, WI 54304

Heidel House Resort & Spa – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only

643 Illinois Avenue

Green Lake, WI 54941

Road America – 1 Tesla connector open year-round

N7390 State Highway 67

Plymouth, WI 53073

Sandrift Resort – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only

1080 E. Hiawatha Drive

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Cedar Lodge Settlement – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only

E11232 Hillside Drive

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only

9 E. Wilson Street

Madison, WI 53703

Marshall Auto Body – 3 Tesla connectors for customers only

22300 Bluemound Road

Waukesha, WI 53186

InterContinental Milwaukee – 1 Tesla connector for guests only

139 E. Kilbourn Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Hilton Milwaukee City Center – 1 Tesla connector for guests only

509 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53203

The Pfister Hotel – 3 Tesla connectors for guests only

424 E. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202

2894 on Main Café – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only

2894 Main Street

East Troy, WI 53120

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – 2 Tesla connectors available to the public

7036 Grand Geneva Way

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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