Unforgettable Fall Foliage Adventures

I’m not going to lie: I hate winter. I especially hate Wisconsin winters because they last for nearly the entire year. No joke. However, I will admit that fall is absolutely amazing around here. Seeing the forests in the northern part of the state explode into a blaze of crimson and golden hues will absolutely take your breath away.

Now is the time to soak up all this spectacular color, here and just about anywhere in the Continental U.S., so what are you waiting for? Get out and enjoy fall’s fabulous foliage at these sensational seasonal hot spots for leaf peepers:


Wisconsin and the “Buckeye State” don’t typically get along on the college football field, but when it comes to fall leaf peeping we share a common denominator: tress that turn an awe-inspiring shade of sharp scarlet and brilliant yellow. Ohio is home to a number of hardwood trees, such as sassafras, red maple, elm, and dogwood, that light up the fall landscape. The vivid display typically starts around the first week of October in the northern part of the state, while the southern counties peak around Halloween. Adding to the kaleidoscopic of colorful tress is the state’s rural settings that include fields of corn, wheat, and barley. You have the option of taking in the views from Ohio’s scenic byways, heading to Amish country in picturesque Holmes County, or getting a bird’s-eye view of rich palette of orange, red and yellow from a hot air balloon.


You can’t blog about fall foliage without including a state from the northeast portion of the country. After all, New England folk swear that their leaves are the prettiest this time of year. They are not off the mark. Washington County in Maine is haven for hardcore leaf-peepers. The fall colors range from fiery orange to golden yellow and every shade in between. The area is filled with birch, maple, oak, aspen, and ash trees that turn shocking shades of red and orange from the end of September through mid-October.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.