All the great Wisconsin stuff to check out on road trips

Here on State Trunk Tour, we show you the interesting stuff along our state’s highways, and dive into everything from international symbols of art to weird quirky stuff . The State Trunk Tour takes you there with plenty of reasons to Pick Some Roads and GO!!


Recent Updates:

It’s been pretty snowy into today across much of the state, get the latest road conditions and updates at 511wi.gov.

Gravity Hill south of Shullsburg, WisconsinCheck out our piece and video on the legendary Gravity Hill, south of Shullsburg and Highway 11 in Lafayette County. It’s a mysterious locale where your vehicle will seem to magically defy gravity!

Explore some of the recent craft breweries we visited, including Driftless Brewing in Soldiers Grove, Second Salem Brewing Company in Whitewater, PetSkull Brewing in Manitowoc, Rebellion Brewing in Cedarburg, G5 Brewing in Beloit, and two brand new Wisconsin craft breweries: Duesterbeck’s Brewing on a farm just north of Delavan, and Foxtown Brewing on Highway 167 in Mequon!

PetSkill Brewing sampler
One of many samplers we’ve sampled lately at Wisconsin’s craft breweries. This is at PetSkull Brewing in Manitowoc.


Events:

Taste of the North – Food As Art is hitting one of our favorite towns – Chippewa Falls – Thursday evening! Check out U.S. 53 and Highways 29, 124, and 178 bring you into town. The Heyde Center is right up the hill from downtown and in the perfect location for exploring the rest of the city before or after!

Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival, 2019Lake Geneva will be fun this weekend with the Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival happening Saturday at The Ridge Hotel! Check out over 35 craft breweries and distilleries with over 120 different beers, spirits, ciders, and malt beverages for sampling. Sample specialty liquors and foods that pair well with beer, plus music and more. It’s all right along Highway 50 just west of Lake Geneva’s vibrant downtown, which has plenty of great shops and restaurants. Make it a full weekend!


Other Cool Stuff to Check Out

Even though fall has been giving way to winter awfully fast around here, we love the end-of-fall-colors drives on the likes of Highway 131 in the Driftless Area.

Hey, snow’s been falling to you can hit the slopes! Little Switzerland in Slinger (I-41, Highways 144, 175) will be open again for skiing and snowboarding this weekend!

The holidays are coming, as so is the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train! It’ll be here December 2-4, making its way along the CP tracks with stops from Sturtevant to La Crosse. Get the schedule here!

With the holidays come colorful displays, and the Racine Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo will be showing off amazing patterns, colors, and displays through the end of the year.



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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.

Hear our discussion about State Trunk Tour on Wisconsin Public Radio from January and March below!

Wisconsin truly 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!




HIghway 19 in northern Dane County

"'Trek' Between Mazo and Watertown"

State “Trunk” Highway 19 skims the northern side of Madison's metro area and connects to Watertown. Before 1926, Highway 19 once continued all the way west to Prairie du Chien and before 1947, all the way east to downtown Milwaukee. Today, Highway 19 serves as a key connector, part of which could serve as Madison's north beltine sometime in the not-too-distant future. You travel through the only Waunakee in the world, check out the sun and the prairies around Sun Prairie, hit the HQ of TREK bikes, and more....

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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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Mt. Morris Mill sign

"Highway 152: Seven Miles from the Christmas Tree Capital of the World to Mount Morris' Nordic Mountain"

Wisconsin Highway 152 is a brief State Trunk Tour route that runs from Wautoma (which bills itself as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World" to the tiny town of Mount Morris, which hosts camps, forests, and the Nordic Mountain Ski Area. On this brief connector route you can enjoy some nice scenery, a 19th century dam and mill, and some nice topography amidst this glaciated area of central Wisconsin....

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Highway 27 between Rising Sun and Fairview

"Whipping up and down Western Wisconsin"

State “Trunk” Highway 27 runs for almost 300 miles, from the wilderness of Brule River State Forest fifteen miles from the Lake Superior shore, through a slew of rural towns, up, down and around western Wisconsin's rugged landscape, all the way to the banks of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien blocks short of the Iowa border. Scenery, serenity and small-town charm abound on this route from top to bottom....

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