Published on August 3rd, 20110
The Fall Foliage Guide to the Midwest
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.
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
Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin
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
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