The extra hour for the OP would be a game changer for him and his family. If he is willing to go 6, why not just go 7? SE Wisconsin would be nice, but NEW is another level, especially if they've never been.
It’s gorgeous. Supposed to peak this coming week.1 week out -- How are the foliage conditions on the ground in the target area? Could use an update from my SE MN, NE IA, SW WI peeps. @Al_4_State , any others?
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According to this map on the WI Tourism Website, Dodgeville is expected to peak 3rd week in Oct.; Madison the 1st week in Nov. (Updated 2 days ago)
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Should I be skeptical?
Any final updates or suggestions? We head out Wednesday (10/19)
313-150 + 184-92 + 129-58 + 38:15-21:45 = 10-7
Devil's Lake State Park just outside Baraboo, Wisconsin is pretty stunning this time of year. Just don't go on a Saturday, or if you do, plan to get there early. It's packed on weekends. There are some pretty cool little places to eat and grab a drink/beer in and around Baraboo, just let me know if interested.
313-150 + 184-92 + 129-58 + 38:15-21:45 = 10-7South of Baraboo west of Prairie du Sac/Sauk City has some good stretches along the WI River particularly Highway 60 that runs right along it.
Iirc even Baraboo itself has some trails throughout town that might be really cool.
Sky High just outside of Devil's Lake for fall treats, Wollersheim Winery for that and a good view.
You forgot to mention Pete's.Breitbach's in Balltown for a meal and looking over the river. (take the River road from Balltown north to Pikes Peak)
Pikes Peak State Park for river views and some light hiking.
Prairie Du Chien - Stark's, Cabela's, some shopping for the wife.
Gays Mills - Apple Orchards
La Crosse - fun place to stay for a night with good restaurants, hotels, bars
Lanesboro MN area - good bike trails if you like that. More bed and breakfast places to stay vs hotels.
I'm sure the Galena area is fun in the fall but I have never been there this time of year so can't say for sure.
Don’t overlook Table Rock Lake near Branson! Should be at the peak the next two weekends. Be sure to catch Johnny Morris’ venues while there—-Big Cedar Lodge, Top of The Rock, Dogwood Canyon, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course & Payne’s Valley Golf Course!Family has some time off the week of Oct. 16-22. We'd like to head a little north from the DSM area to see some Fall Foliage.
Per the national foliage map, it would be peak at that time in NE Iowa, SE Minnesota, and SW Wisconsin.
What are some national/state parks, cool outdoor locations we should consider for a 2 or 3 day trip in that area you might recommend? Wife, myself, and 2 Jr. High age boys. We are OK with some limited hiking (a mile or two) & climbing, but we're not master outdoorsmen. We're staying in motels! We'd like to stay within a 6 or so hour drive of Des Moines.
Also, if you had general recommendations of places the boys might like in that area, I'd take those suggestions, too!
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(The area circled would be the best bet for that week)
Central Wisconsin has peaked and now many trees barren. Fiery sumac, and many native maple species (Black, Sugar, Mountain) are going out fast. Red Maple and Silver Maples maybe for a little longer. Yellow and golds of Aspen and birch degrading too. Oak species will show in a bit with their subtle mauve, dull reds, bronze-orange, and brick.