Unfortunately for many of us, summer is almost over. School is ramping back up, football season is right around the corner and the brisk autumn air will hit us soon. Fortunately, this is also one of the best times of year to take a vacation. Most of the summer crowds have left and temperatures have dropped to reasonable levels. If you can find a way to make it work with school and/or your job, a fall family trip may be just what you need before winter hits.
Today, we’re going to give you our 5 favorite fall destinations. These are all places with gorgeous autumn colors, mild temperatures and beautiful scenery. Read on to see if one of these places fits your fall itinerary:
1. The Black Hills, South Dakota
Our personal favorite place in the fall, the Black Hills offers splendid scenery and awesome activities. Be sure to check out Spearfish Canyon for a large variety of fall colors, and see Mount Rushmore in all its autumn glory. Custer State Park is also gorgeous, and be sure to stop by and see us at Rushmore Shadows Resort in Rapid City. Rushmore Shadows is a great home base from which to explore the Black Hills, as everything you’ll want to experience is just a short jaunt away.
2. Lake Superior, Minnesota
The best Minnesota weather is in early fall. The mosquitoes have left, the humidity has dropped and the trees are spectacular. Take a drive along the Lake Superior Circle Route, or make the trek up to Lutsen and/or the Gunflint Trail. There are SEVEN state parks on the northern edge of the U.S. Quite simply, the North Shore of Lake Superior is an exceptional place to visit during autumn.
3. Croix River, Minnesota
Again, the best Minnesota weather is in early fall. Take a river vacation on the beautiful St. Croix, and stop and see us at the St. Croix River Resort in Hinckley. You can take a rafting or canoe cruise down the river, or stop at Grand Casino Hinckley for some nightlife. The landscape around this area is breathtaking in autumn.
4. Valentine, Nebraska
The Sandhills region of Nebraska is awe-inspiring. There are sand dunes reaching up to 330-feet high, and the tall prairie grasses dancing in the breeze are a sight to behold. You can stay at The Prairie Club, a top-100 U.S. golf course and resort. Also, check out Smith Falls State
5. Copper Harbor, Michigan
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is absolutely phenomenal in the fall. Hiking, restaurants, tree tunnels, lighthouses and abandoned mines await you in the autumn paradise. Check out Copper Harbor during Halloween, where you’ll really get a haunted feeling reminiscent of Sleepy Hollow. This remote area is a must if you’ve never travelled there.
Please let us know in the comments if you have any favorite fall vacation destinations. As always, call us toll free at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your Midwest fall vacation. Happy exploring!