Autumn Colors in America's Heartland
Midwest Fall Vacations
East Coast foliage tours tend to receive a lot of press, but you don’t have to travel all the way to New England to catch sight of Mother Nature’s annual show. Weaving your way through the Midwest could be just as colorful but not quite as crowded…sounds like an ahh-inspiring vacation combination.
Beginning in mid-September and stretching for several weeks the Buckeye state becomes awash in smoldering hues. Look for weekly fall color updates to tell you what the status is and get ready to overturn the stereotypes that say the only leaves worth peeping at are located back East. While you're at it check into Ohio vacation rentals for a more convenient stay.
In addition to being a lake-lover’s paradise, Minnesota also happens to be a foliage hotspot. The state is filled with scenic byways and inviting little towns, so pack up the car with snacks, grab a camera and take some time to explore. Minnesota cabin rentals make excellent home-bases. The Brainerd Lakes area, Otter Tail County and the Twin Cities are all promising regions for the foliage-inclined.
The Ozarks provide an experience that is both down-to-earth and elevating. Check into an Arkansas cabin or a condo rental in Branson Missouri for a front row seat. The colors are vibrant, the air is crisp and the highways thankfully tend not to resemble parking lots, so hit the road with the confidence of an Ivy League alum and don’t forget the standard supplies – a light jacket, picnic supplies and a trusty map.
Enjoy a well-rounded autumn experience when you choose to wander through the varied landscape of Michigan. From the U.P. on down you’ll find plenty of bursting trees, intriguing detours and possibilities for adventure. A long weekend in a Michigan house rental in the beautiful backcountry is probably long overdue, so let the calming influences of this Midwestern power player take hold. For more fall foliage information, go to www.usaring.com/travel/autumn.htm.
An October trip to this underrated locale should sate your appetite for a colorful outdoor adventure. Venture out on the scenic byways and don’t miss the ins and outs of Door County. If you’re up for a truly exhilarating experience then check out the scene from the seat of a bike; pedaling through Wisconsin’s parks and along its rivers will calm your mind while taking it easy on your wallet. For even more savings, stay in a quaint Wisconsin cottage rental and enjoy more room than you'll find in a hotel.