Travel Wisconsin: Fall Color Getaways



Fall is the second most popular time to travel in the state. Wisconsin has some of the best fall color in the nation.

  • In fact, Wisconsin ranks #1 compared to our Midwest competitors for beautiful scenery and fall color.
  • We have 16 million of acres of forests – that’s 40% of our state, so no matter where you go you’re bound to see some great fall color.

Fall also brings many activities you can’t find any other season, like corn mazes, harvest festivals, pumpkin patches, apple orchards and hay rides.



Fall is a short season and it happens fast. That’s why we created the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report.

  • Visitors can stay up-to-date on peak fall travel conditions by visiting the online. The interactive map is updated “virtually live” by more than 100 fall color reporters throughout the state, providing updates for all 72 counties.
  • The report also helps travelers find nearby events, lodging, dining and travel tips, and even lets fans upload their fall color photos directly to the report.

The Fall Color Report launched yesterday (Sept. 4), and visitors can access that on the homepage or



Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau is one of the highest points in Wisconsin, making it a great place to see fall color from above. The Granite Peak’s Fall Colors Comet Sky Ride runs every weekend from Sept. 20-Oct. 21.

  • Visitors are whisked to the top of Rib Mountain State Park on the ski area’s six-seat chair lift. They slow the lift down for easy loading and unloading.
  • Cost is $11 per person for a round trip ride.
  • At the top, you can walk around and enjoy the fall color and hike through the park.
    • There are 13 miles of hiking trails and a 60-foot observation tower with spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. 


If you’re looking for a fall drive, try Highway 13, which starts in Marshfield and takes travelers through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to Lake Superior.

  • The highway connects to the Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway near Ashland and follows the Lake Superior shoreline along the Bayfield Peninsula.
    • The byway is 70 miles long and features scenic views of forests, sandy beaches and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.


See a different view of Wisconsin Dells on the Dells Boat Tours. The Upper and Lower Dells tours reveal the natural canyons and sandstone cliffs of the area.

  • The two-hour tour of the Upper Dells navigates through the high cliffs and around the spectacular rock formations, while also giving riders the chance to explore Stand Rock, a towering limestone pillar and Witches Gulch, a narrow canyon carved from wind.  
  • The Lower Dells reveal a wider section of the Wisconsin River, perfect for gazing at the spectacular trees ablaze in peak color on shore.
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