Located in scenic southwest Wisconsin, Platteville is served by U.S. Highway 151, a four-lane expressway that connects Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Fond du Lac, Wis., and State Highways 80 and 81. Platteville is located in Wisconsin's Driftless Area and is surrounded by gently rolling hills and beautiful farm country. The city has a historic Main Street and extensive retail opportunities both downtown and near the east-side expressway exit. Additionally, the city has excellent medical facilities, a bustling industry park, and several quickly developing housing areas. Residents and visitors enjoy 16 city parks, which include over 200 acres of open space, the city's art gallery and museums, playgrounds, baseball and softball diamonds, biking and hiking trails, a skate park, picnic shelters, an arboretum, and an outdoor aquatics center. The city and university of Wisconsin Platteville join together to offer local residents events and activities such as the Heartland Festival and Performing Arts Series, Homecoming, and the lighting of the "M."