Soaking in what’s left of summer on Wisconsin highways!

August is winding down, kids are going back to school, and (most of) the really hot weather is retreating south. But there’s still plenty of beautiful weather and summer activities to enjoy as we head towards Labor Day weekend, the Badgers’ opener against LSU at Lambeau, and some of the most scenic times to travel Wisconsin highways!

Big Manitou Falls along Wisconsin Highways 35

Wisconsin’s highest waterfall, Big Manitou in Pattison State Park off Highway 35 south of Superior.

Check out plenty of great events, ride the Great River Road along Highway 35, or check out the fourth highest waterfall in the country east of the Rockies. Visit attractions like the unique Johnson Wax Research Tower in Racine, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (Wisconsin Highways 11, 20, 32, 38, I-41/94;  the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward (Wisconsin Highways 27, 63, 77); the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan (Wisconsin Highways 23, 28, 42, I-43); beautiful Willow River State Park just outside of Hudson (Wisconsin Highways 12, 35, 64); or the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, home of the upcoming and unusual Sputnik Fest on September 9-10!

This is just the start – there’s 54,000+ square miles of the state to explore. Pick Some Roads and GO!!

Check out some great articles we have too, including 10 Quirky Street Names We Found in Wisconsin, 6 Cool Stops along I-94 bewteen Milwaukee & Madison, and more!




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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 – 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. You can check out a series of old, lovely grottos or a park full of artistic concrete figures. Unique and world-famous architecture can be found at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and the fascinating nearby ‘rival’ attraction, House on the Rock, near Spring Green along Highway 23.

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!




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"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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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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