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Living Color: Fall Foliage in the Midwest


Living Color: Fall Foliage in the Midwest

The Midwest is beautiful throughout the year, but there’s something extra special about watching the leaves change. If you’re craving a truly midwest fall getaway, our GrandStay recommendations will bring you up close to some of the most vibrant fall foliage in the midwest. Grab a hot coffee, slip into a comfy sweater, and let’s hit the road.










The Magnificence of Michigan

The M-22 Color Tour was voted “Best Scenic Autumn Drive” by USA Today readers and it’s no surprise why. Soak in 116 miles of gorgeously scenic highway along Lake Michigan as you take in the fiery fall colors. Along the way, Traverse City is a must-stop destination. Their Traverse City Fall Color Tour showcases the inspiring sights of Traverse City’s orchards, vineyards, and forests. 

To complete your midwest fall getaway, stop by produce stands for locally-grown fall favorites, including apples and squash. 

The Must-See of Minnesota 

You can’t go too far without seeing breathtaking fall views in Minnesota. Situated right on the banks of the St. Croix River, Stillwater Minnesota offers an unforgettable view of fiery fall foliage and the famous Lift Bridge. Sit back and enjoy the sights across the river and into Wisconsin. When you’ve had enough of the leaves, this bustling town is filled with charming stores and award-winning restaurants. 

The Joys of Illinois 

Sure, everyone wants to see The Windy City, but some of the best fall colors in Illinois are found a little farther southwest in Peoria. Famous for scenic sightlines along the Illinois River, this quaint town is home to the cruise ship the Spirit of Peoria. Her Fall Foliage Cruises are perfect for a romantic getaway.

Fun in Wisconsin

For a family fall vacation, a visit to Door County is a must. Nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”, it boasts vibrant fall colors reminiscent of its New England counterpart. Keep an eagle eye out for all of their fall festivals -- that’s right, they have more than one! This fall-focused (dare we say, obsessed) town offers activities for kids and adults looking for all the autumnal joys. 

As you travel up the peninsula, be sure to stop in Sheboygan for a real taste of Wisconsin living (by which we mean their famous cheeses and bratwurst). 

Scenic Views in South Dakota

Only 40 miles south of Rapid City, Custer State Park is the quintessential midwest fall getaway. Witness beautifully rich fall colors as you unplug and unwind. Choose between guided color tours or take the road less traveled and carve your own path. Say hello to the presidents at Mt. Rushmore, the array of wildlife, and the crisp waters of Sylvan Lake. Whether you love extensive hikes or only want to enjoy a short excursion, Custer State Park has something for everyone. 

GrandStay Has Your Fall Vacation Planned

It’s no wonder that witnessing the changing of the leaves is a beloved American pastime. It’s a special time of year worth celebrating before we head into another long winter. As you’re traveling through this beautiful country, there’s always a comfortable bed waiting for you at GrandStay.


Visit us in Traverse City, Stillwater, Peoria, Sheboygan, and Rapid City as you relax during your fall vacation. With our complimentary GRAND START® Breakfast, amazing amenities, and top-rated customer service, you’ll have a comfy place to land as you enjoy the restorative beauty of your midwestern fall getaway

Book your next trip and let the adventures begin!

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