If you’re looking to navigate through fall colors, Wisconsin is full of scenic drives, beautiful wooded trails, and great fall train rides. Here’s to finding the golden moments you’ve been waiting for all year.
Check fall color report for primary color stains
This interactive map includes up-to-date information on fall color conditions across the state. Travel Wisconsin partners with about 100 reporters statewide to provide regular updates in September and October on foliage progress from green to peak colors.
Using the report, you can select destinations to find the three-day forecast, recommendations for nearby restaurants and accommodations, and upcoming events to make your fall adventures as memorable as possible. The Fall Color Report is the best way to see the fall leaves before the fall leaves.
Cruise through four Northwoods counties on the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Route
This 145-mile route passes through the majestic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, traversing four different counties. Make pit stops along the way to trek through the National Forest. It’s a great way to slow things down and enjoy the shades of fall on foot.
Along the road you will also find family businesses, restaurants, entertainment and shopping. With so much to see and do in the area, the route is best enjoyed over several days.
River Haven on the Wolf is a large natural cabin in White Lake, just at the start of the road. The cabin has a huge open-plan living area, beautiful exposed timbers, a large stone fireplace, and best of all, it sits right on the edge of the peaceful Wolf River. A new terrace provides the perfect place to sip a drink and admire the colorful foliage across the river.
Leave the car behind to find peace on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (Polk County)
Hike or bike this trail to be wowed by the fall colors of northwestern Wisconsin. The trail is built on a former railroad corridor and extends 14 miles from Amery to outside of Dresser.
Yellows, oranges and reds burst in the forests of maples and oaks that cross the path. It continues through wetlands, grasslands and farmlands. And as the name suggests, you’ll find seven scenic lakes along the way. Once you’ve fully enjoyed the fall colors, head to the Taylor Home Inn for a one-of-a-kind lodging experience.
This bed and breakfast faithfully recreates the home of The Andy Griffith Show! You’ll find bedrooms inspired by the character’s bedrooms, including those of Andy and Aunt Bee, as well as a recreation of the Taylor family living room. There’s even a replica of Wally’s gas station where customers can relax on old-fashioned metal chairs and enjoy a cold soda.
And find time to rest on the porch for a great view of the fall colors – something viewers of The Andy Griffith Show couldn’t appreciate until the color came to Mayberry in season six!
Wind across southeast Wisconsin on the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive
Stretching from Elkhart Lake in the north to Whitewater in the south, this scenic drive showcases the beauty of our public lands. The 115-mile route passes through the northern and southern units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
There’s plenty to keep you busy as the scenic route spans six counties. Nearby you’ll find the Holy Hill of Mary National Shrine, which is a must-see for great fall views. It is the highest point in southeastern Wisconsin and offers breathtaking views of the colorful fall landscape surrounding the magnificent basilica.
For great pizza along the way, stop by DeO’s Pizzeria & Pub in Plymouth. This casual and welcoming restaurant is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. You’ll find a great menu of delicious specialty pizzas like the Californian with its ranch-based sauce and tons of veggies. Or a pizza topped with everything that makes a baked potato so good!
Next, head to The Rochester Inn for a beautiful and majestic place to wrap up your day of fall sightseeing. This Sheboygan Falls bed and breakfast is housed in a historic 1848 building. All six guest rooms are decorated in an elegant and timeless fashion. In the morning, treat yourself to a breakfast delivered directly to your room, such as the inn’s famous cinnamon and almond crust French toast.
Start your fall getaway at TravelWisconsin.com.