Wisconsin weekend: Strawberries, Lake Shaking, Ribs & more

We’re into the first official weekend of summer! This is prime time across Wisconsin… explore the state highways and byways and enjoy some great sights, roadside attractions, events, vistas, and more. Along with great golf at University Ridge in Madison for the 2017 PGA American Family Insurance Championships and the approach of our favorite, Summerfest, here are some State Trunk Tour recommended Wisconsin Weekend highlights:

Cedarburg: Strawberry Festival

Cedarburg Strawberry FestThis free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of so many. Delicious, homegrown strawberries are a prime draw of course, but all kinds of food, wine, and a bevy of fantastic arts abound through Cedarburg’s incredibly charming downtown. It runs Saturday and Sunday, along Historic Highway 57. Highways 60, 167, and 181 bring you close.

Madison: Festival Foods Shake The Lake

What’s better than fireworks? A massive fireworks show with Lake Monona and the State Capitol framing the action! Shake The Lake is back Saturday from 4-11pm with great live music, a kids’ zone, even a human cannonball show! Plus the iHeart Radio Rooftop Party will be a blast atop Monona Terrace. You can see State Trunk Tour’s Head Tourer Eric Paulsen (who also DJs the morning show on Rewind 92.1 in Madison) show off his dance moves after taking lessons with Fred Astaire Dance Studio. No word on how that’s going to go. Either way, the fireworks will look great from there!

La Crosse: Rotary Rack ‘N Ribs

The Oktoberfest grounds in La Crosse will have heavenly smells and tastes at Rotary Rack ‘N Ribs, where you can sample the best grilled and smoked meats, plenty of live music, BBQ competitions, and plenty more. In fact, here are 5 reasons you should check it out. I-90, U.S. 14, 53 & 61, and Highways 16, 33, and 35 all bring you to Wisconsin’s largest city on the Mississippi!

Egg Harbor: Door County Wine Fest

Door County Wine FestHappening Saturday, Door County Wine Fest celebrates Door County-produced wines encompassing all kinds of fruit. Learn more about viticulture and enjoy unlimited sampling with a choice of over 80 wines. Demonstrations, live music, and even a trolley service are available for you to enjoy. Highway 42 brings you there!

Coming Up in Milwaukee: Summerfest!

Our favorite event of the year is Summerfest, happening on the festival grounds right along the lakefront in Milwaukee! It starts Wednesday the 28th and runs through Sunday, July 9th (closed Monday the 3rd.) Over 800 artists on 11 stages, plenty of great food, beverages, and fun. It’s the “World’s Largest Music Festival” and we’ll have a pair of tickets you can WIN from the State Trunk Tour – watch here or one our Facebook and Twitter for details!

Summerfest 2017

Other Wisconsin Weekend Events

You can also check out Country Fest in Cadott (Highways 27, 29), the 9th Annual Dan Jam in Racine (Highways 11, 20, 31, 32, 38), or just run around and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!




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Wisconsin highways, drives, road trips, attractions, quirks, and more: 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 marks 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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"'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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Oconto County.org and Highway 64
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