While last week's storms produced a reminder that summer still has a potent punch, fall color time is around the corner. The state's top tourism official says travelers still have much see.
Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says they've launched their Fall Color Report on their website, tracking where fall colors are on display. Klett says there are more than 100 volunteers in all 72 counties filing reports on the changing leaves. Klett says fall has turned into an important travel time for some people...
".....people like to travel when crowds are less. But the state of Wisconsin, minus the New England area, is probably the most famous place to go to watch the changing of the seasons. That means huge economic business for us...."
Klett says Wisconsin's vast forests become a highlighted tourist destination...
".....we have over 16 million acres of forest. So what that means is that over 40 percent of our state is covered in forests. No matter where you go your going to see some great forests. But our state is also fantastic for driving tours, from Bayfield to Door county to southeastern Wisconsin..."
Klett also noted heavier traffic along the Mississippi river roads this time of year.
The Fall Color Report is on the state tourism website.