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A Wisconsin Road Trip on the Yellowstone Trail
Last Updated: 3/7/2013
Road trips. Memories of packing up the car and exploring the back roads. We've been road tripping in Wisconsin for over 100 years. Take a trip back in time and join in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Yellowstone Trail, a 409 mile National Historic Automobile Route through Wisconsin from Kenosha to Hudson.
When automobiles were just becoming common, the very first auto tourist came though Wisconsin on the Yellowstone Trail which ran from Massachusetts to Washington, passing through Yellowstone National Park. This historic route was created by small-town business people and civic leaders to promote good roads and to attract visitors traveling from coast to coast.
Communities along the Yellowstone Trail invite you join them again on a nostalgic Wisconsin road trip.
Historic Yellowstone Trail Road Trip Highlights
Old Toll Bridge Arch
In 1913 the St. Croix Bridge Co. built the first interstate toll bridge across the St. Croix River at Hudson. Although the toll bridge no longer reaches across the river, the lighted arch serves as a welcome in Lakefront Park located at First and Walnut Streets.
Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater
Take a tour a beautifully restored Victorian theater, listed among the top 10 theaters in the US. Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is also home to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway information center.
Historic Irvine Park and Zoo
Chippewa Falls, WI
Stop for a picnic with the kids at this historic 300 acre park. While you’re there, check out the cougars, bear, bison, tigers and many other wildlife at the zoo.
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, WI
Five generations of Leinenkugels have brewed beer at the seventh oldest brewery in the U.S. Home to the Leinie Lodge, a rustic visitor’s center and gathering place for fans of fine handcrafted beers.
Wisconsin Automotive Museum
Displays more than ninety collectible autos including vintage American standards. But the real stars are the Wisconsin made Kissels which were manufactured in Hartford from 1906-1931.
Harley- Davidson Museum
This museum tells the stories of the people, products, culture and history of Harley- Davidson through vintage motorcycles, interactive exhibits, photographs, videos and other fascinating artifacts. Grab a meal in the Café Racer or stroll the nearby riverwalk.
Historic Downtown Kenosha Streetcars
Ride the beautifully restored electric streetcars through Kenosha’s historic downtown. Be sure to check out what might be considered a quirky roadside stop the Jockey Store. Jockey has been in business since 1876 and besides finding deals on Jockey apparel you’ll also see historic company artifacts.