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Published on August 3rd, 2011


The Fall Foliage Guide to the Midwest

PHOTO CREDIT: Something To Make You Wonder by Loren Zemlicka, on Flickr

Nature has long been providing artists with some of the greatest inspiration known to man. From rolling hills to beautiful sunsets to bright blue water ways, there is no end to the brilliance of nature. But, there is one scene that causes people to pile into their cars every Autumn, just to chase it down: the changing of the leaves from their summery green color to an awe-inspiring palette of reds, yellows, oranges and golds. If you are looking for some inspiration or just want to join the “leaf peepers” this year, here are some of the best places to take in the foliage.

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Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois

Peak times: Mid-October to early November
Where to take in the foliage in Illinois: Blackjack Road in Galena | Cook County Forest Preserve/Palos Division | Des Plaines River Trail | Illinois Prairie Path | Starved Rock State Park | Historic National Road | The Morton Arboretum

Photo Credit: autumn flip. by clarkmaxwell

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Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin

Peak times: Early to mid-October
Where to take in the foliage in Wisconsin: Kettle Moraine State Forest North | Kettle Moraine State Forest South | Great River Road | Peninsula State Park

Photo Credit: Autumn Road by cokaku

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Mackinaw City, Michigan

Peak times: The far western quarter of the Michigan upper peninsula peaks from mid-September to early October, while all other areas in the upper peninsula peak from late-September to mid-October. The expected peak color for the lower peninsula is from late September to late October.
Where to take in the foliage in Michigan: Brockway Mountain Drive | Mackinaw City | Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore | Huron-Manistee National Forest | Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

Photo Credit: Autumn Colors_1 by RGB12

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Fountain County, Indiana

Peak times: September & October
Where to take in the foliage in Indiana: Hoosier National Forest | Fall Foliage Festival in Martinsville | Perry County | French Lick West Baden | Brown County | Taltree Arboretum in Valparaiso | Indiana Dunes

Photo Credit: October in Indiana by krugerin50

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