Where to See the Best Foliage in the Midwest This Fall

Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Mackinac Island, Michigan. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

If you love fall and you’re looking for an easy vacation spot, the American Midwest is a nice place to start. In addition to its charming towns and kind people, there are many places to see the beautiful colors as the leaves change for autumn. Whether you like hiking or sightseeing, here are some places to check out.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island is in Lake Huron, right at the top of Michigan by the border of Canada. If you like a more leisurely trip, the island offers biking, carriage rides, and restaurants from which to enjoy the golden fall trees and the lovely coastline. However, if you do like to hike, there are plenty of trails to try too.

North Shore Coastline, Minnesota

If you enjoy hiking, a road trip up the Minnesota coast of Lake Superior is a good option. Along the drive, there are seven state parks to choose from, so hiking trails options and fall views abound. You may also be able to enjoy a boat ride around the coast.

Katy Trail, Missouri

If biking is your style, check out the longest Rails-to-Trails bike path in the US. Rails-to-Trails is an ongoing movement to turn abandoned railroad tracks into bike paths, and the Katy Trail is wonderfully converted so that it is now possible to bike across the whole of Missouri, enjoying the fire-tinged fall leaves on both sides of the trail along the way.