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Top 5 Drives to See Fall Colors - 2 Hours or Less From Milwaukee

By Michelle Hockers on September 13, 2016 // Leave a Comment

fall-sights-personal-injury-MP.jpgYou may feel that there just isn’t much to see or do in Wisconsin after the summer season of frantic festivals and chaotic concerts has ended, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The Autumn is an amazing time to explore the Milwaukee area, whether as a tourist or a local. The fall colors and scenery that we experience as the leaves change is particularly gorgeous, and a relaxing drive, motorcycle ride, or hike is a great way to experience this natural beauty.

As car accident lawyers in Milwaukee, we want your adventure to be a safe one. Before you go, check out Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report, and download our free Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accident Checklist designed specifically for your vehicle glove box. Use this checklist to help you should you be involved in, or witness, a car accident.

Ready to start planning your trip? Here are five of our favorite scenic fall drives in Wisconsin – all within 2 hours of Milwaukee.

MP_1.pngA Kettle Moraine of Colors

The northern and southern units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are composed of 50,000 acres of trees that turn gorgeous colors each fall. To see it all, try the 100 mile Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. The drive is marked by green and white Acorn sign, and you can start at either end: Elkhart Lake in Sheboygan County or Whitewater Lake in Walworth County. One great place to stop is at Lapham Peak, where a 45 foot observation tower gives you a full view of the fall colors all over Waukesha County.

MP_2.pngOn the Way To Door County

Door County tops nearly every fall color spotting list for Wisconsin, but the drive there from Milwaukee is beautiful as well. Consider leaving the freeway and driving up the Lake Michigan shore from Sheboygan to Algoma. You will pass sand dunes at Kohler-Andrae State Park, lighthouses, farms and antique picking options.

MP_3.pngLake Geneva Area: Country and City

The Lake Geneva Area has been a tourism destination for over a hundred years, and grew significantly when many wealthy Chicago families escaped to their lakeside homes to avoid the destruction caused by the great Chicago fire in 1871.The drive to Lake Geneva from Milwaukee is already beautiful, but here are two more ideas for seeing fall colors once you arrive:

  • Three Wisconsin Rustic Roads (R-11, R-12 and R-36) can be reached via Sheridan Springs Road and Spring Valley Road. These roads will take you through impressive glacial Kettle Moraine topography, many wooded areas, former cranberry bogs, and the scenic town of Lyons.
  • You can also see fall colors right on the lake via the Geneva Lake Shore Path. Huge mansions both historic and new surround Geneva Lake, but the first 20 feet of land next to the lakeshore is public domain, creating a spectacular trail around the lake. The path can be accessed in many places, including from the west end of Library Park near downtown.

MP_4.pngBeyond The Ducks In Wisconsin Dells

Although the waterparks may be closed, there is still beautiful fall scenery (and loads of hiking options) to be found in the Wisconsin Dells area. This diverse natural beauty of this part of Wisconsin is a result of the border between glaciated and unglaciated parts of the state.

For this scenic fall drive, start in Lodi and go west on Highway 113 for five miles to County Road V and Gibraltar Rock County Park. Here, you will find a steep climb that rewards you with an amazing view. Continue West on Highway 113,  and you can get a view from the water as you cross Wisconsin River aboard the free Merrimac Car ferry.

For more State Park hiking options, Stay on Highway 113 north to Devil's Lake State Park, or follow Highway 12 north seven miles to Fern Dell Road west to Mirror Lake State Park. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing vista of Mirror Lake with a post-hike stop at the Ishnala.

MP_5.pngA Tale of Two Architects: Dodgeville to Spring Green

125 miles from Milwaukee, the Spring Green area of Wisconsin is beautiful enough to have attracted Frank Lloyd Wright’s attention: this is where he built his Wisconsin home, Taliesin. It also attracted a lesser-known architect, Alex Jordan, creator of House On The Rock. A scenic fall drive in this area can be found on Highway 23 from Dodgeville to Spring Green.

The trip is less than 20 miles long, but filled with impressive sights of the ridges and valleys of the driftless area. If you want to see more in this area, try Norwegian Hollow Road, Hunter Hollow Road, or Percussion Rock Road.

What are you favorite fall roadtrips? Let us know in the comments!

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