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.

Episodes

November 28, 2023 20 mins
The World's Tallest Glass Tree is going up right now at Yerkes Observatory along Highway 67 in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Under the inspirational guidance of Rob Elliott and glass maker Jason Mack, this endeavor is in its second year. They take donated glass from all over, spin it onto a pole, and create a 31-foot tree that will get topped with a huge star on December 17th in an event that you MUST see - especially if you want to see...
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Marshfield, Wisconsin's "Hub City," continues to grow and offer more for visitors to experience. It starts with Central Avenue, the main artery offering some fantastic shopping, great restaurants and more to explore along with the Jurustic Park Downtown Walk. Within blocks, a wide variety of other attractions abound year 'round. This city of 20,000 is anchored by Marshfield Clinic, a world class medical center that has attracted a ...
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Oconto County, tucked into northeastern Wisconsin, offers a lot on your road trip. In the episode, host Eric Paulsen talks with Oconto County Tourism Director Sammy Boucher to discuss it all. We begin with the county's extensive trails for motorized recreaton, especially with Gillett laying claim to the "ATV Capital of the World" (with a stop there at OJ's for pie being a must!) Amidst the beauty of the Nicolet National Forest, you...
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Milwaukee's legendary Summerfest turns 55 this year, and 2023 brings new experiences, changes and upgrades, and another amazing lineup of artists across multiple genres - over 600 performances to choose from. Running June 22-24, June 29-July 1, and July 6-8, 2023, Eric Paulsen and Sarah Pancheri cover all aspects of the festival, including select performances, the return of the "hole in one" golf challange over the water and Freewa...
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Port Washington is awash in history and both natural and architectural beauty. But the variety of things to do and see - and the events you can experience - are growing rapidly. Eric sits down with Wayne Chrusciel, Executive Director of Port Washington Tourism, for an update on what's happening in this charming, often serene but increasingly busting little city with the big harbor on Lake Michigan. The 1860 Lighthouse & Museum ...
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Lake Geneva has always offered a dizzying array of great options for winter fun, and this year they up the ante with the World's Tallest Glass Tree at the newly-reopened Yerkes Observatory. Eric joins VISIT Lake Geneva CEO Stephanie Klett to cover a lot of ground for all the activities you can experience and enjoy from world-class attractions, arts, events, and shows to boutique shopping and food and beverage experiences in this wh...
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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is BACK this year! It runs across Wisconsin on the CP tracks, stopping in 13 places from Sturtevant to La Crosse December 8-10 in 2022. Here's where and when you can see the train, enjoy the beauty and entertainment, and help local community food banks - perhaps on a fun holiday road trip!
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Sheboygan offers plenty of great options - including surfing, of course - as we head into fall and winter. The increasingly vibrant and diverse restaurant (and food truck) scene is complemented with new museums, parks, and plenty to explore. We check in with Shelly Harms from Visit Sheboygan to discuss all of this, plus updates on 3 Sheeps Brewing and events from folk music this weekend (9/10/22) up to Jingle & Mingle for the holid...
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Marshfield - Wisconsin's "Hub City" known for medical care and advancements, also has a vibrant downtown with unique shops, a great zoo, historic sites, crazy sculptures with Jurustic Park, new activities with outdoor plazas, and a number of great events coming up. Find out all about it with host Eric Paulsen and Matt McLean from Visit Marshfield! U.S. 10 and Highways 13, 80, and 97 bring you there on a road trip.
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Chippewa Falls and Chippewa County are packed with fun things to do and see as we go through summer. Events from the Northern Wisconsin State Fair and Rock Fest to Pure Water Day and Leinie's Oktoberfest, plus a ton of always-on options from breweries to bike trails all await as we discuss fun options with Tourism Director Jackie Boos for your next road trip to Chippewa County. You'll definitely want to explore via U.S. 53, Highway...
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Manitowoc County features food trails, cave exploration, unique museums and maritime fun, all with cool stories behind them. Join host Eric Paulsen and guest Jason Ring to dive into Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and points throughout the county to find fun for everyone, including events that salute everything from ice cream sundaes to space.
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Port Washington may be a small town, but it has big offerings. From the incredible adventures you can have on the water and its beautiful harbor to its vibrant downtown, it's a great visit for a day trip, weekend, or for their may festivals - including their first-ever Winterfest, coming up February 6th. We dive into it all!
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Lake Geneva offers a world-class winter getaway experience, and with the coveted Ice Castles underway and their Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships coming, it was the perfect time for a conversation with VISIT Lake Geneva's dynamo CEO, Stephanie Klett. We also hit up winter sports, amazing shopping, resorts, apothecaries, Dungeons & Dragons, breweries, wineries, distilleries, magic shows, and a big update on the...
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Surfing in winter? Yes, they do that. Sheboygan is the Malibu of the Midwest and the Bratwurst Capital of the World. Buoyed by a diversifying food scene, a thriving arts and creative community, and a downtown people are increasingly moving to Sheboygan offers plenty of reasons to road trip. This includes upcoming holiday celebrations like the new Jingle & Mingle. Find out how to maximize your experience here. Guest: Shelly Harms wi...
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Hartford offers remarkable automotive history with its museum, natural beauty all around, some classic architecture, proximity to Erin Hills, Holy Hill, and plenty to enjoy from shopping to balloon festivals and more. State Trunk Tour's Eric Paulsen talks with Doreen Buntrock about Hartford's offerings, including the upcoming Hot Air Affair Balloon Rally. A State Trunk Tour road trip on Highways 60 or 83 brings you there!
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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 of the S...
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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 R&B wou...
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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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