Fall foliage tours are a great way to relax and take some beautiful pictures of the splendor that signals the harvest and cooler weather. Here is a guide to tours you can take in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
Because of its northern latitudes, Michigan’s peak color season starts earlier than most states. Starting from mid-September and going to the end of October, there are many opportunities to see the changing of the leaves in both the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Lower Peninsula.
Right off of I-75 in the middle of the Lower Peninsula sits Grayling, the first stop on an 18-point tour of Michigan’s fall foliage. Taking you to three different lakes, state park, and a national forest, this tour has fun for the whole family.
You can choose a lakeside campground, take a vintage train ride, or stay at some of the bed and breakfasts nestled amongst blazing fall colors. Pick apples at Friske’s Orchard with hayrides and barnyard animals for the kids or take a tour of the Old Mission Point Lighthouse and even take a hot air balloon ride.
When you click on the Michigan page, scroll halfway down and select the Grayling-Torch Lake-Lake City option for full details on the drive and campgrounds. This tour is best seen from late September to mid October.
Historic Osceola, Wisconsin, has a historic train ride through the foliage every year starting in late September and running through mid October. Fall leaf viewing trips are September 26 and 27, and October 3, 4, and 10. Adults are $17, kids are $8, and a family is $45 for two adults and two to four children under age 16.
Their twenty mile jaunt runs an hour and a half and goes past sandstone cliffs where eagles roost. Watch for deer, turkey, and two waterfalls. Tours depart at 11 A.M., 12:45 P.M., 2:30, and 4:15. Grab a snack on the train and listen as tour guides explain how mail was caught “on the run”.
Madison County, Iowa, is the site of the famous book Bridges of Madison County and every year they hold their annual Covered Bridge Festival. Now in its 40th year, enjoy the weekend of October 10 and 11 for food, fun, and fall foliage nestled amongst central Iowa’s rolling hills.
Take bridge tours, listen to live music, eat food, and sample local crafts for two days and celebrate the glory of fall. Take your car around for an independent tour on the roads of Madison County for your own fall foliage tour.