Wisconsin Weekend: Deer Hunting, Wine Walks, Holiday Happenings and more!

We’re off to a cold start this November and that helps with the holiday spirit, just like a little snow helps with tracking deer as the Deer Gun Hunting Season kicks off Saturday, and runs through the 25th. This weekend (a “widow’s weekend” for deer hunting) means Wine Walks in Lake Mills, Viroqua, and Baraboo. Even Little Switzerland opens for skiing Friday in Slinger, right off I-41 by Highways 144 and 175! Be safe this Wisconsin Weekend and have fun exploring the state. You could enjoy some comfort food at a supper club, enjoy a nice wine walk, or get in the Christmas spirit with plenty of holiday happenings. There’s always a LOT to do during your Wisconsin weekend. Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore… Pick Some Roads and GO!!:

West Allis: Holiday Folk Fair International

Holiday Folk Fair International

The Holiday Folk Fair International is “America’s Premier Cultural Festival,” exploring the customs and traditions of the world’s diverse cultures. They all come together at the Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Check out regional cuisine, enjoy lively music and dance and purchase beautifully handcrafted goods. Experience the sights sounds and tastes of the world during this 3-day event from Friday through Sunday! The All Nations Theater features traditional music and dance from around the world; the World Cafe offers traditional dishes from all around the world, too. Talented world musicians play at the Coffee House, where you can enjoy a beverage and Heritage Lane is filled with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits. Shop the International Bazaar, where cultural artifacts are on display and on sale. It’s all at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center by 84th & Greenfield (Highways 59 & 181) just off I-94 in West Allis. More…

Wisconsin Weekend: La Crosse Holiday FairLa Crosse: 55th Annual Holiday Fair

The La Crosse Center hosts the 55th Annual La Crosse Holiday Fair Thursday, November 15th – Sunday, November 18th, South Hall will be filled with over 130 arts and crafts exhibitors hailing from all over the Midwest. The Holiday Fair is designed to be an enjoyable time for everyone. South Hall is decked out with a Christmas/Winter Theme and Holiday music will be playing throughout the hall. Santa and Rudolph will be there, and door prizes for lucky winners every hour. More…

Madison: Women’s Expo

Wisconsin Weekend: Madison Women's ExpoMadison’s Alliant Energy Center hosts the 20th annual Madison Women’s Expo Saturday and Sunday. Explore undiscovered places to go, a hands-on craft to try, or health care options you may have never considered before! Engage face to face with exhibitors demonstrating their products, and experience free spa services and fitness classes, complete a creative project, or be inspired to try a new style!! You’ll find the Alliant Energy Center near Madison’s Beltline (US 12 & US 18), just east of US 14 and US 151 along Rimrock Road and John Nolen Drive. I-39/90/94 and Highways 30 and 113 also bring you into Madison! More…


Wisconsin Weekend: Christmas By the Bay, Sturgeon BaySturgeon Bay: Christmas By the Bay

Kick off the holiday season in Sturgeon Bay during the annual Christmas by the Bay Friday through Sunday. Live holiday music fills the air, with Hervy Hodges, Josh Gregory, and Michael Raye performing Friday night, with the tree lighting ceremony countdown also happening along with free horse-drawn wagon rides. You can also stroll throughout Sturgeon Bay to enjoy several holiday open houses in stores for special deals, snacks, and beverages. The Sturgeon Bay Holiday Parade kicks off at 10am Saturday morning, which includes Santa on his sleigh. Also Saturday, the Door County Historical Museum hosts special events, including pictures with Santa. You can then hop on a Door County trolley for a free ride around town or a horse-drawn wagon ride. It finished off Sunday with a breakfast at Stone Harbor Resort. Highways 42 and 57 bring you right to Sturgeon Bay. More…

Wisconsin Weekend, MenomonieMenomonie: Fine Arts & Crafts Fair

The Menomonie Fine Arts & Crafts Fair lets you enjoy the finest in arts and crafts shopping when original work takes center stage on all three floors of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts downtown. Treat yourself to Victorian holiday decorations, jubilant music, and the magic of the season with the work of more than 30 local and regional artists and fine craftspersons. Their work includes jewelry, painting, pottery, photography, sculpture, woodwork and more. You can easily get to Menomonie via I-94, U.S. 12, or Highways 25 & 29More…

More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out on this Wisconsin Weekend. Explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!

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The State Trunk Tour Logo for Wisconsin highways and great trips

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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Real Racine Fall 2018
Visit Port Washington
Visit Marshfield via State Trunk Tour
GO Chippewa Falls