STT Podcast – talking “Cheeseheads: The Documentary”

Hey, Cheeseheads! While you’re enjoying St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, we want to remind you that The State Trunk Tour is also a podcast, and our latest installment is an interview with a true Wisconsin “love letter.” Cheeseheads: The Documentary is the creation of John Mitchell, a Cameron native who spent over 20 years in Los Angeles as a writer and producer who was inspired to come back and create an in-depth exploration of Wisconsin and what makes the state, its people, its culture, industry, history, landscape, and more so special.

Here at the State Trunk Tour, where we drive all over the state and note so many great and unique places, we had the pleasure of appearing in this documentary as one of many guests. The film is available now via Amazon and other digital outlets, and you can always follow the Cheeseheads: The Documentary Facebook page to find where John may be presenting his film in locations all over the state!

Here’s our State Trunk Tour Podcast featuring producer John Mitchell and his film Cheeseheads: The Documentary:

Within this 40-minute discussion, you’ll find out what inspired him to write and film about Wisconsin, how he landed key interviews with people from high-level politicians and business leaders to Green Bay Packers legends, a former Miss America, and a whole series of families, academics, and more to talk about what it means to be a Cheesehead, and how his background in both Wisconsin and California – as well as the film industry – gave him the ability to film, distribute, and promote this love letter to the state.

You’ll also find out why so many Wisconsin references seem to sneak their way into TV shows and movies you see from Hollywood, how a UW-Madison plays a huge role in the development of semiconductors to allow the computers we have today, the origins of the term “Cheesehead” going back a few centuries, and more.

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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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Wisconsin Snow Report

Racine 2018 Activities
Visit Marshfield via State Trunk Tour
Oconto and Highway 64
Real Racine 2018 Activities Guide