State Trunk Tour

State Trunk Tour

Pick Some Roads and GO!! We explore Wisconsin road-by-road and place-by-place, with plenty of interesting facts, history, trivia, twists, and kitsch. Because this is one interesting state.

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October 16, 2020 28 min
Green Bay is famous for being "Titletown." But don't let COVID-era attendance limitations at Lambeau stop you from heading to Wisconsin's oldest (and only NFL) city and taking in the sights, museums, history, gardens, family-friendly activities, breweries, and more. Brenda Krainik from the Green Bay CVB joins Eric Paulsen for more reasons to road trip to Packerland.
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It's October, and fall fun options include apple picking (and shooting them out of cannons), barn quilt views and tours, wine walks, beer gardens, corn mazes, Halloween Glow lights, even yoga with coffee along Lake Michigan. Cari Greving from Real Racine joins Eric Paulsen for a fun review of Fall Farm Fun across Racine County, east or west "of the I" on this State Trunk Tour Podcast episode.
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In the late 19th century, Waukesha's water and Hygeia Springs had a national reputation for health, to the point where an entrepreneur tried to build a pipeline sending the water to Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Exposition. He succeeded - sort of. You can even visit this spring in Big Bend, just off Highway 164. We explore this clear-running but colorful liquid history, including the Great Pipeline Battle, in this episode ...
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Show of hands - who knew there was a HUGE early movement of Blues, R&B, Country and even some Big Band music in Grafton and Port Washington, Wisconsin? There was indeed, and the story is remarkable. The Paramount Music record label was created in a chair factory along the Milwaukee River, shuttling musicians from Mississippi to Wisconsin 100 years ago to make music that laid the groundwork for what rock & roll, country, and...
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The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the finest and largest zoos in the nation. Amidst a 190-acre park-like setting you can ride the Safari Train, explore Adventure Africa, check out over 2,100 animals representing 350 different species, and enjoy special events. We cover all of that Jenny Diliberti from the Zoo, from its history to the need for elephant pedicures and from the new otter exhibit to Zoo A La Carte, one of their biggest...
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The Wisconsin State Fair ranks among the nation's best, and the 2019 edition runs August 1-11. In this STT episode, Eric Paulsen talks with State Fair Director of Public Affairs Kristi Chuckel about everything from traditional foods (cream puffs) to new foods (like bug tacos?!?) to rides, slides, music, the history, and of course, the animals and their farmers and caretakers coming in from around the state. I-94, Highway 59, an...
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Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and the surrounding area is home to some amazing farms, bakeries, cheese factories, breweries, wineries, and even confectioneries that can tickle your taste buds. State Trunk Tour host Eric Paulsen talks with Jason Ring from the Manitowoc/Two Rivers CVB about their new Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail and its destinations. Nearly 20 locations you can connect to via car, bike, or even on foot that delight your pal...
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Summerfest 2019 fills Milwaukee's lakefront with music from over 700 artists across many genres June 26-30 & July 2-7, 2019. State Trunk Tour's Eric Paulsen sits down with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. VP/Marketing Sarah Pancheri to talk new stages, artists, food, ways to get in at a reduced rate or even free, all in this episode of the State Trunk Tour Podcast.
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After a well-received interview with Wisconsin Public Radio's "Central Time" show in January, we were invited back in March to talk about the State Trunk Tour, Wisconsin road trips, and hear from callers. This is our second WPR interview, as it aired live on March 27, 2019 on the state's radio network.
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The road tripping ideas behind StateTrunkTour.com caught the attention of "Central Time," an afternoon show on Wisconsin Public Radio. On January 16, 2019, State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen sat down with Rob Ferrett, discussed Wisconsin and the Tours, and got callers from around the state. Here's the interview as it aired on WPR's network of stations.
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Wisconsin winters mean a lot of outdoor fun involving snow and ice. But out of what we often skate, snowmobile, or slide on - or just shovel away - some artists create incredible art and sculptures. In this episode, we talk with professional ice carver and snow sculptor Jeff Shawhan - one of the talented people who can craft amazing art that wows onlookers... before it all melts.
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Ah, New Year's Eve! We all know about the ball drop in Times Square in NYC. But did you know about the Cherry Drop? A new way to ring in the New Year is blossoming in Sister Bay, where the Door County Cherry Drop debuted to ring in 2018. And they're ready to build on it and make it a tradition. Find out how this came about and how you can have some fun there for NYE, just take Highways 42 and 57 to get there!
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Chippewa Falls is a beautiful town in Wisconsin, known for Leinenkugel's Beer, natural beauty, and plenty to see and do - especially for a city this size. We talk with Jackie Boos, Tourism Director of the Chippewa Chamber, to cover everything from their gem of a zoo and park to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, floating the Chippewa River, historic sites, more breweries, shopping, and all there is to do and see in and around t...
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Marshfield is internationally known for its world-class Marshfield Clinic, but this city of 20,000 goes beyond medicine to prescribe a fun visit featuring the arts, historic structures, a zoo offering Kodiak bears, roaming buffalo and interactive exhibits, the unique "Jurustic Park" where words like "converted helicopter dragon" can be heard, the World's Largest Round Barn, the Blue Heron Brewery, and plenty of ...
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Sheboygan conjures up all kinds of images. This city of 50,000 on Lake Michigan is known for brats and good ol' Wisconsin traditions. But its admired harbor area, downtown development, world class golf, surfing reputation (seriously), support from companies and young professionals, Kohler-Andrae State Park, the new Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, and a new creation downtown called City Green is taking everything up a notch. We...
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On May 5, 2018, 57 venues around Racine and Racine County will hold a unique "open house," giving visitors free and full access to what they have to offer. They include museums highlighting art, chocolate, puzzles, and more; alpaca farms; high-tech manufacturing facilities; Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in town; the Wind Point Lighthouse; an observatory; wineries, breweries, and distilleries; even a Wine-and-Kringle...
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Since the State Trunk Tour features following state highways from one end to the other, here we follow Highway 175 from Milwaukee to Fond du Lac, which uses the former US 41 route before it was rebuilt on its current alignment in the early 1950s. Where 41 used to go, 175 goes now and you can see small towns, historic crossroads, old buildings, and sights from ski hills and race tracks to cheese shops and even Miller Park. since its...
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Racine, Wisconsin's 5th largest city, features everything from modern museums to classic Frank Lloyd Wright architecture; award-winning beaches, an extensive marina, and a classic lighthouse; a bevy of events and new development; plus fascinating history, from the invention of malted milk and the garbage disposal to displaying a gun used by John Dillinger in a robbery - at the police station! Racine County adds even more. We si...
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Producer John Mitchell is a Wisconsin native who left for L.A. and returned two decades later to make a documentary showcasing his home state and its special culture, history, and appeal. Called "Cheeseheads: The Documentary," this in-depth, sometimes personal, often humorous look at the state shows why the "Cheesehead" is more than just a funny foam hat. The State Trunk Tour makes a cameo, too! It's out now, an...
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The State Trunk Tour is a website that explore Wisconsin road-by-road to offer great road trip ideas, background and history of towns, attractions, popular and out-of-the-way joints, and opportunities for fun and recreation. We give you the basics here - consider it a brief primer.
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