Door County is one of the top places for fall color in the Midwest, but few people have seen it in all its autumn-time splendor from above—way, way above.
An aerial view of Door County, like one captured from aircraft or by a drone, is a beautiful sight and one made even more majestic in autumn, when the trees of the peninsula and islands burst into a kaleidoscope of color.
Hiking, biking, driving, boating, or even climbing lookout towers: however you’ve chased fall color in Door County, you probably haven’t seen it like this.
This quietside community is situated on a beautiful shoreline and surrounded by forest and protected land, making it an ideal homebase for fall hiking, dining, fishing, kayaking, or boating.
Fall fun abounds in Carlsville, where you’ll find artisan food and gift shops, local coffee, farmlands, and natural spaces perfect for capturing some stunning photos or simply enjoying during a hike, bike ride, or horseback ride.
Egg Harbor is a destination for water sports as well as shopping, dining, art, and nightlife. In fall, the Pumpkin Patch Festival brings people together from all over the peninsula and state.
This far-north community is known for having some of the finest views in the county. Take advantage of them in autumn by spending an afternoon gazing at the dreamy lake, cliff, and cave views.
Ephraim’s lakeside location, traditional architecture, and historic businesses make it a great spot for a fall visit. Bring the camera and capture autumnal shots of Anderson Dock, Ephraim Marina, the Moravian church, or Eagle Bluff.
Fish Creek is known for fantastic shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and indoor attractions. During autumn, the town is even lovelier with its quaint downtown shops and stunning shoreline parks accented in fall color.
Set the GPS for Gills Rock and be treated to one of the best drives in the state along the Door County Coastal Byway. You’ll find the famous “curvy road,” which makes for an especially memorable drive in fall when the trees are sporting vibrant colors.
Jacksonport is a small community that packs in a lot. Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cave Point, several hiking areas, Clark Lake, a community shoreline, two supper clubs, and more are all in or near the town—all perfect fall-time destinations.
The Sister Bay Fall Festival is the stuff of legends up here. Visiting during the fest is a special experience, thanks to several days of fall-tivities, including a car show, community fish boil, live music, and a large Arts & Crafts fair.
From fishing in the bay to visiting historic lighthouses to hiking in Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay has no shortage of ways to appreciate the beauty of nature in autumn.
Biking and driving along the island’s smooth, remote backroads is a treat in any season, but in fall, the gold and amber trees framing the deep blue of the lake as you cruise the highways make this a must-stop.
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