Wisconsin Weekend: Hot Times in the Mild Temps!

It’s the middle of January, and there’s a LOT to do and explore for your Wisconsin weekend. Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore this weekend:

Eagle River: Country Cat World Championship Snowmobile Derby

Championship Snowmobile Derby racingSince 1964, Eagle River has hosted the Country Cat World Championship Snowmobile Derby; it’s the Indy 500 of the snowmobiling world. It’s one of the highest-ranking winter sports events in the Midwest and recognized around the world, attracting more than 40,000 spectators annually. Plenty of action takes place each day Thursday, January 18th through Sunday, January 21st, when the World Derby Championship starts at 3pm. Enjoy the action up close by the track or warm up in the Expo Hall, where you can shop for great stuff, imbibe on hot food and cold beer, or watch the action on TVs in the upstairs bar. Heated skyboxes are also available.

West Allis: Milwaukee Boat Show

Milwaukee Boat ShowThe Milwaukee Boat Show is Wisconsin’s largest, motoring through January 19-21 and 24-28, 2018 with over 300 boats from over 80 manufacturers. Motor yachts to 48 feet to aluminum fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, runabouts & jet skis, plus dock systems & marine accessories.

It happens at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center at the corner of Highways 59 & 181 (84th & Greenfield) in West Allis, just south of I-94 and U.S. 18 and east of I-41/I-894/U.S. 45 and Highway 100.

Burlington: Hot Chocolate Festival

Hot Chocolate Fest, BurlingtonBurlington is “Chocolate City USA,” so it makes sense for them to have Hot Chocolate Fest in winter, right? It runs all weekend and features Pond Hockey and Broom Ball Tournaments on Echo Lake, the Cabin Fever 5K through downtown Burlington, campfire storytelling, a Red Chili contest with area restaurants competing, of course… a “Who has the best hot chocolate??” Contest. Follow Highways 11, 36, 83, or 142 – they’ll all bring you to Chocolate City USA and Hot Chocolate Fest.

Milwaukee: Gallery Night & Day

Wisconsin Weekend: Derby TrackNo problems this weekend with keeping the snow that’s there – melting ain’t gonna happen! The first of four Terrain Park events, the Rail Sessions takes place Saturday from 3-5pm on Wilmot Mountain. Check out – or participate in – competitions in skiing and snowboarding with two age categories. From Highway 83, follow Wilmot Road to get to this classic Wisconsin ski resort and watch this competition, ski, or go tubing. One of the ski runs even extends very slightly over the line into Illinois!

Racine: Fire & Ice Festival

The 2018 Fire & Ice Festival is a family-friendly fun event with FREE ice skating, ice carving, specialty crafts, food trucks and cocoa, and more on Monument Square Saturday. It also kicks off Downtown Racine’s new Restaurant Week! Restaurant Week discount cards will get you 15% off your food at all of the participating locations all week long! Check out more with Racine Downtown.

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More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out, including . 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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Wisconsin Snow Report

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WEAU Winter Sports, Chippewa Falls
Visit Marshfield via State Trunk Tour
Oconto County.org and Highway 64