See Wisconsin in full fall color
There are few vacation activities more affordable, rewarding and relaxing than taking in the annual fall color display. When trees take on brilliant hues of yellow, red and orange, it’s impossible to not to pause and admire one of nature’s most dramatic displays. How can you make sure you don’t miss one ooh or ahh? You’re in luck. A little planning can make sure your fall getaway is relaxing, memorable and more than a little colorful. Here are some travel-tested tips to ensure your fall travel is as beautiful as a painting.
Find a festival
Fall is festival season in Wisconsin. It’s a time when main streets are taken over by parade floats, craft fairs fill the parks and hand-dipped caramel apples tempt people not to spoil their dinner. Join the fun: these free, fun events are a great way for the whole family to enjoy fall – and where else can you go pumpkin bowling? Find Wisconsin fall events here.
Pick a peck
Fall is apple season and Wisconsin’s orchards provide fall fun by the bushel. There are pick-your-own outfits as well as family market stands that sell pecks of deliciousness. Fall apples come in dozens of varieties and have numerous health benefits – they have been linked to reductions in “bad cholesterol,” and may prevent a number of diseases. Plus, they are really delicious, especially when they are purchased right from a Wisconsin orchard. A peck, by the way is about 10-12 pounds of apples, or about 32 apples.
Hike a trail
There’s nothing like a fall stroll through a Wisconsin forest. Feel the leaves crunching underfoot, admire the changing leaves and breathe in the fresh air. Autumn is a terrific time to hit the trails and there are hikes suitable for everyone. From short stroller-friendly trails, to challenging long-distance routes like the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail, there are options that any fall hiker can fall in love with.
Hit the road
Wisconsin’s fall color drives are second to none. The dairy state’s vast network of back roads and country lanes will take you straight into some spectacular fall scenery. Drive past sparkling lakes, through wild forests and along winding rivers. Where can you find this fall beauty? Just exit off the main highway and lose yourself in the fall colors. Bring a camera along – you may want to pull over, stretch your legs and capture scenes fit for a calendar.
Plan like a pro
Wisconsin’s peak fall color season runs from Mid-September to Late October, depending on the region of the state. See the status of the colors with the Fall Color Report. Plan your getaway – some great places to plan a fall color trip include West Bend, Rhinelander , Boulder Junction and Land O’ Lakes.