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Getting Around

Downtown Eau Claire is ranked by as a "Walker's Paradise." There are shops, art galleries, restaurants, and many other activities and events to entertain you, all within walking distance.

Chippewa River State Trail -One great way for residents of Eau Claire to enjoy the outdoors and participate in recreational activity is with the Chippewa River State Trail system. The trail consists of over 30 miles starting in downtown Eau Claire and ending on the Red Cedar Trail in Menomonie. A daily pass for persons 16 year and older that is biking or rollerblading is $4 whereas a yearlong pass is $20.

The trail is the perfect way to spend a sunny day, enjoying the scenic nature of wooded areas and open pastures. There are places to stop along the way to take a relaxing break or picnic lunch. The nearby weaving river provides ample opportunity to partaking in water activities.

Transit System - With the cost of fuel seemingly increasing with every pump at the gas station, Eau Claire residents are lucky to have an alternative form of transportation. The transit system not only benefits Eau Claire residents by providing incredibly low-cost fares, but also provides benefits of decreased congestion and pollution. Whether you want to save money on gas or you would just like to do your part in preventing global warming, the bus is the way to go!

The Transit System has routes that cover all of Eau Claire and go as far as neighboring Altoona. Major employment centers are included on the routes as are shopping centers and UW - Eau Claire.

Location - Eau Claire is conveniently located near four major cities: Milwaukee, Chicago, Duluth and Minneapolis-St. Paul. These huge urban centers are home to a wide mix of diversity and culture that is hard to find elsewhere. Each one of these cities has much to offer in the way of arts and entertainment, shopping, museums, parks and sports teams. Easy connections via Interstate I-94 or State Highway 53 make them the perfect place for a day trip, weekend away, or weeklong vacation.