The Wausau metropolitan area provides an excellent balance of both urban and outdoor recreational aspects. For example, Wausau's downtown is the only place in the state (to my knowledge) that gives visitors/residents the opportunity to kayak on a world-class course, lake and river fish, trail hike/bike, etc. all while being within a 5-10 minute walk of at least five 4-star restaurants, a state-renowned performing arts theater (The Grand), a world-renowned art museum (Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum), a 5-star hotel and event venue (Jefferson Street Inn), a pavilion used for weekly outdoor concerts and summer festivals (400 Block), and the tallest commercial "skyscraper" outside of Milwaukee (The Dudley Tower). If you like a location that has the "city feel," yet you aren't crazy about overpriced parking, congested streets/sidewalks, long lines at bars, and all of the other hassles of a big city, Wausau is the place you want to be! That's not even mentioning that Granite Peak (Rib Mountain skiing), Sylvan Hill (sledding), hundreds of cross country skiing, snowshoe and snowmobiling trails makes Wausau "the state-proclaimed funnest place to play in the snow!" Simply put - for a majority of the people that live, work and play in Wisconsin - Wausau has just about all of the state's best amenities in one beautiful, affordable and centrally located destination.