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BEST FALL DRIVES IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Fall in Wisconsin is covered in colors worthy of extra oohs and ahhs. A great way to experience this is with a scenic drive. Here are the best fall color drives in Northern Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway Bayfield Harbor in Fall

Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway

Mary from Bayfield

Mary from Washburn

Mary is an outdoor enthusiast living just steps from Lake Superior. She's a proud supporter of the byway.

Check out Houghton Falls State Natural Area. An easy hike past the enchanting Echo Dells leads to a scenic bluff overlooking Lake Superior. Cafe Coco in Washburn is my go-to spot for irresistible treats - be sure to try the cinnamon rolls! Lastly, head to Bayfield Apple Fest. It's one of the top regional food festivals in the country!

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Door County Coastal Byway Hwy 42 Door County

Door County Coastal Byway

Myles from Egg Harbor

Myles from Egg Harbor

Myles is an Egg Harbor native, bicycle explorer and writer/editor for Peninsula Pulse.

Even locals make the trek to the northernmost tip of the peninsula to see the famous "Curvy Road," that winds through the color-bathed trees. Be sure to head over to Door County Brewing Co. to try Verses, one of their Belgian-inspired beers. Don't miss Charlie's Smokehouse, where they smoke whitefish, fresh off the boat daily.   

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Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway

Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway

RT Krueger

R. T. from Crandon

A Northwoods resident for more than 40 years, R.T.'s favorite season is syrup season.

It's amazing how colors pop against the brilliant pines in the Nicolet Forest. Hop in a kayak to explore one of the area's countless waterways. Wildlife lovers can hike at Knowles Creek Interpretive Center. And when hunger strikes, head to Hotel Crandon for a reuben and craft beer or try sushi (yes there is sushi in the Northwoods!) at On Deck.

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Chippewa County Ice Age Tour Chippewa County Ice Age Tour

Chippewa County Ice Age Tour

Allyson

Allyson from Hallie

Allyson is self-proclaimed foodie, frequent festival goer and local Chippewa Valley enthusiast.

Take your friends and family to the Ice Age Interpretive Center for great views of the land formed by glaciers. You can also hike an awesome portion of the National Ice Age Trail.  Stop for dinner at Birch Point Resort for their Saturday night seafood buffet, or make quick friends over fruit wine at O'Neil Creek Winery in Bloomer.

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NEED SOME MORE INSPIRATION?

Check out some of the best fall drives in the southern part of the state! 

Southern Fall Drives