Where to see Wisconsin’s fall colors in Northwoods, Door County

One of the best ways to see Wisconsin’s beautiful fall colors is from above. And since we’re not all pilots, scenic overlooks and observation towers are a good option for getting those bird’s-eye views.  

Hit the road on these fall color lookout tours in four regions of the state to take in those elevated views this autumn. 

Note that state parks and southern forests require a state parks admission sticker ($8/day, $28/year) and they might be closed to additional visitors if they reach an established capacity; check the state parks website before heading out (wiparks.net). 

Pets are permitted on all trails unless otherwise noted; they are usually not permitted on observation towers.  

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Mountains in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range — also known as the Gogebic Range — once rivaled those of the Alps, rising four miles above sea level. But millennia of erosion and glaciers have turned the mighty mountains into modest hills stretching for 100 miles through Ashland and Iron counties to Lake Gogebic in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  

But the hills are still big by Wisconsin standards, rising about 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, with outcrops and elevated spots for taking in views of fall colors in the Iron County Forest and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  

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