Melanie Radzicki McManus


Melanie Radzicki McManus is a travel writer who has been writing about Wisconsin Dells for more than 25 years, always trying the newest waterslides and evaluating the latest trends. She’s also an avid backpacker who loves to point out that the Ice Age National Scenic Trail runs right through the Dells. Melanie’s writing credits include the Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and CNN. She’s also the author of Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017). Find her at


Melanie Radzicki McManus is an accomplished through-hiker and distinguished travel writer. She has conquered an impressive lineup of trails, with six major through-hikes under her belt—including the scenic stretches of the Arizona Trail and the historic pathways of the Potomac

Once the temperatures dip and the snow begins to fly, visitors flock to Wisconsin Dells—the classic vacationland about three hours from the Twin Cities—to enjoy its wealth of indoor waterparks. That's not surprising, as the parks feature both thrilling and

The “Waterpark Capital of the World” offers tourists more than waterslides, says journalist and Wisconsin author Melanie Radzicki McManus. We ask McManus about her picks in the new book, 100 Things to do in the Wisconsin Dells Before You Die.


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