Mother Nature has to do her part as residents and travelers anticipate this year's fall color display in the 40 percent of Wisconsin that is covered by trees.
Eagerly awaiting fall is Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. She says fall travel in Wisconsin is a bargain...
"....for me, fall is a value. Of course it's stunning, it's gorgeous, there are fewer crowds because kids are back at school. It's the second most popular time to travel the state...."
Klett says one of the favorite places to see fall colors isn't far away....
".....one of them is at Granite Peak Ski Area which is Rib Mountain. On select weekends throughout the fall have what's called the 'Fall Colors Comet Skyride'. You go up on a chairlift and you get to the top of the mountain and overlook Rib Mountain State Park...."
Klett says there are 16 million acres of forest in Wisconsin and that large amount of trees draws large numbers of tourists from around the country. She says fall also is a time of major festivals around the state, including Cranberryfest in Eagle River and Applefest in Bayfield.
Klett says you can make plans to view the colors by going to the TravelWisconsin.com website where they update the Fall Color Report.