The Best Views in Wisconsin for the Fall Colors

Wisconsin’s fall colors would never leave! Whether it’s Door County, the Wisconsin River, or the Horicon Marsh, fall foliage is an event not to miss. If you want an unobstructed view, we’ve scouted a few locations that stand head and shoulders – and another 40 feet, or so – above the rest.

Northern Wisconsin

  • Rib Mountain State Park: This billion-year-old geological feature affords an amazing view of the Wisconsin River Valley below.
  • Timm’s Hill County Park: The highest point in Wisconsin, visit the observation tower for a 30-mile view around Bass Lake in Ogema.
  • Peninsula State Park: With high bluffs, sandy beaches and a 1860s lighthouse, take in a relaxing autumn view over Fish Creek.
  • Mountain Park Lookout Tower: Few things afford a fall view like this lookout tower located atop Washington Island, off the Door Peninsula.
Peninsula State Park
Peninsula State Park | Photo Credit: Donald S. Abrams

Central Wisconsin

  • Parnell Tower: The 60-foot tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding forest and farmlands.
  • Blue Mound State Park: The park boasts two observations towers with a spectacular view and unique geological features, so needles to say, you have options.
  • Perrot State Park: It doesn’t get much better than this for one of the best Wisconsin views of the mighty Mississippi River Valley.

Southern Wisconsin

  • Lapham Peak: The 45-foot observation tower is the highest point in Waukesha County and provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside.
  • Devil’s Lake State Park: Wisconsin's largest state park offering magnificent views from 500-foot Quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake.
  • The Geneva Lake Shore Path: A paved path that affords one heck of a view of the lake, the surrounding fall colors, and the beautiful mansions and houses in the area.
  • Holy Hill: Climb to the top of this architecturally beautiful church built atop a glacial hill and see the fall colors for miles and miles

Where do you go for the best view of Wisconsin’s fall colors? Tell us in a comment below! And last but not least, be sure to keep an eye on our official Fall Color Report to see when and where colors are peaking across the state.