Wisconsin Weekend: Fun in the Ice Cold!

Another February weekend, and a lot more things to do and enjoy across the state! Winter sports, outdoor winter parties, indoor home shows, kite festivals, music shows… all kinds of great activities are happening. There’s a LOT to do during your Wisconsin weekend. Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore:

Delavan: Sky Circus on Ice

Sky Circus on Ice, DelavanThe Lakelawn Resort on Delavan Lake offers up fun and free winter thrills during the 5th Annual Sky Circus on Ice this weekend! This three-day spectacle features exciting airborne performances by professional kite teams from across North America, plus snow sculpting and ice carving by top regional artists. Kite making workshops and a mix of outdoor activities and games for all ages will round out the fun. Check out the grand launches scheduled for 11 am both Saturday and Sunday as over 400 kites take flight. Activities and displays spread throughout downtown Delavan will also take place. Lakelawn Resort is right off Highway 50, between Highway 67 and I-43.

Cedarburg: Winter Festival

Wisconsin Weekend: Cedarburg Winter FestivalHistoric and ridiculously beautiful downtown Cedarburg bursts with winter fun and activities Saturday and Sunday, with everything from ice carvings, parades, racing competitions, a chili competition, beer and wine tasting, tractor-drawn hay wagon rides, “make and take” crafts at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, live music and plenty of fun at Cedar Creek Settlement and the Cedar Creek Winery, a Dog Weight Pull Competition on Sunday, and much more. It’s all along Historic Highway 57 (Washington Avenue) in downtown Cedarburg.

Conover: Northwoods Blizzard Blast

Northwoods Blizzard Blast wagon rideThe Northwoods Blizzard Blast is a “flurry of winter fun for everyone” Saturday in Conover, between Eagle River and Land O’Lakes along Highway 32 & U.S. 45 in the heart of the North Woods! Activities in Conover Community Park include ice bowling, the Dogsled Dash, recliner racing, sledding, face painting, fireworks, horse drawn sleigh rides, snow carving, snowshoe baseball, and an Artisan Bazaar in the adjacent Conover Community Center. The Blizzard Blast Bazaar hosts numerous artisans and exhibitors with hand-crafted items, talents on display, food and beverages, and more. Admission is free for the Bazaar all day.

Kohler: In Celebration of Chocolate at The American Club

Kohler Celebration of Chocolate banner

The American Club in Kohler hosts its In Celebration of Chocolate from Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018. Come as friends or bring your sweetie and fall deeper in love with chocolate during their annual In Celebration of Chocolate. A winter getaway has never tasted so good with a weekend full of food pairings, demonstrations, evening dinners and events. From savory to sweet and everything in between, don’t miss this cocoa-themed celebration of the world’s favorite dessert. Topping things off is the opportunity for guests to taste the signature and newest creations from KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates. Get the full schedule and more details here. I-43 and Highways 23 & 28 bring you to Kohler, just outside of Sheboygan.

Ashland to Washburn: Book Across the Bay

Wisconsin Weekend: Ashland Book Across the BayAshland’s Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route. A ton of other fun events accompany the “booking” itself, find out more here! US. 2 and Highway 13 will bring you to Ashland (U.S. 63 gets you close, too!)

Sturgeon Bay: Fire & Ice Festival

Fire & Ice FestivalStarting on Friday, witness professional carvers turn blocks of snow into impressive sculptures along the streets of downtown Sturgeon Bay. Saturday morning the fun continues as novice, intermediate, and advanced carvers compete for cash prizes in an ice carving competition. Event maps with the location of ice and snow blocks available at most businesses throughout the weekend or at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Plenty of shopping and other special activities await you throughout the weekend too. Just hit Highways 42 or 57 north and you’ll get there, right on the other side of the Steel Bridge!

La Crosse: Alpine State Ski & Snowboard Championships

Wisconsin Weekend: Alpine State Ski & Snowboard ChampionshipsHey, we’re enjoying the Winter Olympics on TV, why not see some of ski and snowboard action for real? Mt. La Crosse hosts this premier high school event each year. The best snowboarders and skiers travel to La Crosse to compete in a three day competition for their perspective teams. Spectators can enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. La Crosse near the finish line, with an up close view of the athletes as they complete their races. Of course, La Crosse is beautiful this time of year with the snow-covered bluffs no matter where you explore the town. I-90, U.S. 14/61, U.S. 53, and Highways 16, 33, and 35 all bring you there!


More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out, including Blues Bash 2018 in Milwaukee (an event put on by the Paramount Music Association), the Manawa Snodeo (yes, like a rodeo for snowmobilers!), the WBAY Boat Show at the Resch Center in Green Bay, the Greater Madison Golf Show at the Alliant Energy Center, or the Winter Festival in downtown Cedarburg. Or, road trip and watch the Winter Olympics in South Korea from a faraway Wisconsin destination, check out ski hills, snowshoe hikes, and other great winter activities. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend, explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, trails, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!

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Wisconsin highways, road trips, attractions, quirks… just what IS the State Trunk Tour?

The State Trunk Tour is all about Wisconsin highways, drives, road trips and celebrating the fun of the Badger State by selecting state highways and riding them end to end, reporting everything along the way.

Wisconsin’s state highways – the first system of numbered highways in the world (first done in 1917 – which means 2017 marked its 100th anniversary!) – connect all sorts of points of interest, attractions, cities, towns, recreation trails, scenic byways, lakes, rivers, bridges, historical sites, geographic markers, taverns, antique shops… you get the idea.

Wisconsin is one of the most fun and unique states in the country. We’re in the smack dab in the middle of the northern and western hemispheres. We have plenty of “world’s largest” entries: the musky, the corkscrew, a talking cow, an indoor water park, a six-pack, and a can of chili are just some of them. Wisconsin also claims a number of “world’s firsts” and inventions including the snowmobile, malted milk, the hamburger, hydroelectric power, outboard motor, rail-to-trail, and a bunch more.

We have two Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, and beautiful drives along all of them. Dynamic cities like Milwaukee and Madison offer incredible options for things to do. Vacation hot spots like Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Door County, Minocqua, Eagle River, and Hayward draw people from all over the country. Quaint, relaxing towns like Ephraim, Shullsburg, Hudson, Bayfield, Princeton, Green Lake, Oconomowoc and more offer great boutique shopping and plenty of charm.

Follow one of our Wisconsin highways end-to-end – or in sections – and enjoy everything along the way. Sample Featured Routes below or pick your own from the State Trunk Tours menu. We’ll help guide you, provide fun history, insight, and trivia, and welcome your feedback and additions as we continue to build our web and mobile sites. We’re on a new platform, adding and updating more routes, attractions, photos, points of interest and more constantly, so check back often. Updates will be sent out via Facebook and Twitter, of course!

"Wind around from a Genoa lock through the Driftless Area"

State "Trunk" Highway 56 runs through the beautiful Driftless Area from the Mississippi River to the middle of Richland County, near Richland Center. The hilly landscape makes for beautiful vistas and it's very pleasant drive through farmlands and small towns like Viola and Viroqua - and even some places that don't start with the "v."...

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"Coast to Coast covering Circuses, Canoes, and Coulees (and more)"

State “Trunk” Highway 33 is a "coast-to-coast" state highway, connecting La Crosse on the Mississippi with Port Washington's scenic harbor on Lake Michigan. From the big blue waters of the Great Lake to the beautiful coulees framing La Crosse, you encounter hairpin turns in what seems like a mountain range, Baraboo's famous Circus Museum, ski slopes of Cascade Mountain, the natural wetlands of Horicon Marsh, and some of the best canoeing in the nation along the Kickapoo. It's a great cross-section of southern Wisconsin....

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Historic Mindoro Cut on the original route of Highway 108

"'Cutting' between West Salem and Melrose"

State “Trunk” Highway 108 is a short but very scenic ride through Wisconsin's "Driftless Area". A popular motorcycle ride as well as drive or bike ride, Highway 108 is best known for the "Mindoro Cut", which cuts through a particularly beautiful area where the highway twists, turns and zigzags. Highway 108 has essentially been the same route since 1919...why mess with such a great drive?...

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LaCrosse Brewery

La Crosse To Lake Country

A former U.S. highway, State “Trunk” Highway 16 comes in from Minnesota at La Crosse and works its way toward Milwaukee through routes so popular they were supplanted by Interstates in most areas. Paralleling I-90 and/or I-94 much of the way, Highway 16 goes through many of the towns the interstate highways bypass. Highway 16 used to continue into downtown Milwaukee and across Lake Michigan on a ferry to Muskegon, where it then ran all the way to downtown Detroit just short of the Canadian border, hey. Today, though, it ends at I-94 in Milwaukee's western suburbs, but not before passing by a ton of interesting things along its almost 200-mile journey....

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