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10 Midwest Fall Getaways

While the Midwest can easily be forgotten about on the national scene, one thing’s for sure: It offers some downright stunning views in the fall. With the tips we provided in our last post, we wanted to follow up with some Midwest travel destinations that just might take your breath away. Embrace the fresh air and the experiences you'll have in these places: 

  1. Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Within 30 minutes of downtown Cleveland is this 33,000-acre park with its trails extending for miles. Visitors can tour a 19th century living history museum, and in the fall, go on a ghost ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
  2. Wisconsin – Lake Geneva: This destination offers boat trips, observatory tours, boutique shopping, unique restaurants and great lodging. The 21-mile path along Geneva Lake provides a lake view on one side and large estates on the other, and apple picking and corn mazes are definitely a must!
  3. Michigan – Mackinac Region: Here you’ll find ferry rides, lakeside restaurants, open hiking trails and beautiful color of all kinds. Escape by riding on a carriage tour, driving the Tunnel of Trees, exploring Mackinac Island State Park or crossing a foliage-covered bridge at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.
  4. Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway: Not far from Chicago and St. Louis is this byway that runs passed beautiful water views, bluffs and spans of fall foliage. You’ll also find welcoming homes, inspiring art and locally grown wine.
  5. Ohio – Ashtabula County: A highlight of this region is the Benetka Road Covered Bridge, a historic structure built in 1900 and renovated in 1985 that spans the Ashtabula River. Tours of this bridge and others like it take place in the fall, and visitors can also explore orchards and vineyards around lake towns bordering Lake Erie.
  6. Minnesota – North Shore: With 154 miles of waterfalls, wooded inland mountains and small towns along Lake Superior, this area is a lovable destination. In the fall, vibrant red and orange maple trees draw hikers to the Superior Hiking Trail, as do eight state parks.
  7. Indiana – Brown County: A great destination for art lovers, this county is home to quaint boutiques, artistic finds and eats with a Southern flair. The scenery is gorgeous, especially within Brown County State Park that spreads just southeast of the town of Nashville.
  8. Iowa – History Hills Scenic Byway: This 85-mile stretch from the Des Moines River to the Mississippi is generally pretty quiet, though the Scenic Drive Festival in October gets towns like Keosauqua and Bonaparte filled with crafters, pancake feeds and pedal tractor races.
  9. Missouri – Wine Trails: Especially when October arrives, this region has much to offer Oktoberfest celebrations due to its fall winery tours and tastings. One such stop is Stone Hill Winery, located not far from Hermann or Defiance along the Missouri River.
  10. Kansas – Wichita Gardens: Over nine acres of land sit more than 24 themed gardens that boast 3,600 species of plants, with 5,000 mums offering a brilliant sight every fall. Trees like the Shantung Maple turn colors magnificently, and also covering the grounds are sculptures, fountains, waterfalls and streams.

For other destinations with jaw-dropping views, visit this site for more of what the Midwest has to offer!