Eau Claire, located in western Wisconsin about 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, means "clear waters" in French, and the city lives up to its moniker. Eau Claire is chock full of the stuff, with two lakes (Dells Pond and Half Moon Lake) in the city and the Chippewa River running through. A family friendly destination, Eau Claire is also an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with extensive bike trails and beaches alongside parks and wooded escapes that are perfect for Eau Claire hotel guests. The city is teeming with farmer's markets downtown, festivals all summer long and plenty of kid-friendly activities year round.