1) Door County, Wisconsin
If you haven't been to Door County in the fall yet, and have lived any time in the Midwest, you may need to think about planning a weekend vacation sometime this October. Not only a country-wide draw for the breathtaking fall color displayed by Wisconsin trees, Door County also hosts an equally stunning array of events throughout the county. Explore nature, shop unique boutiques or just get some relaxation in at this Lake Michigan coastal getaway.
2) Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota
Getting lost in nature is the main draw for this gorgeous natural preserve near Duluth. A thirteen-mile gorge cut by the St. Louis River, spanned by a pedestrian suspension bridge can be found in this state park, alongside campgrounds and sprawling hiking trails. During fall time Jay Cooke State Park is a technicolor display of warm tone, mirroring the copper color that can be found in its waters. Great for a weekend away from it all, you may even see a black bear in this northern reserve.
3) M-22 Color Tour, Michigan
View the best of the lakeshores of Lake Michigan during autumn on this classic Midwestern tradition. Traverse M-22 alongside the coast of Lake Michigan for 116 gorgeous miles. Find Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore up to the lush forest of Northern Michigan, with state parks, road-side farmstands, boutique shopping and delectable regional eats along the way. Who needs a resort getaway when you can rent a car and enjoy a few days along the lake?
4) Katy Trail, Missouri
If biking is more your speed rather than a road trip, you may enjoy a short visit over to Katy Trail near St. Louis, Missouri. Starting in St. Charles, these trails offer nation's longest rails-to-trails bike path at over 240 miles through small towns, boutique shopping, farmland, prairie, regional eats and wine country. Bike through the trails at your own speed, and make a stop wherever you please during the cool fall months, along this Midwest getaway.
5) Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Kansas
If a crisp, foggy, autumn morning in a garden or amongst trees and sculpture is what you're searching for, then you need to take a trip to Witchita this fall. Visit Botanica for over 9 acres of gardens, showcasing 3,600 species of plants. Sculptures, streams, fountains and waterfalls can be found winding along the trails. In the fall, the grounds are also known for the thousands of mums planted, blooming their fall color. If you havent been yet, Botanica is a must see.