When the green leaves are turning gold, savor them by traveling to Door County.
Here are five ways to see fall colors this year.
1. Let’s take it from the top—literally, that is. You can charter a plane from Cherryland Airport, Sturgeon Bay, for a proverbial bird’s-eye view of changing Door County landscape.
Most flights go over Lake Michigan and Green Bay waters, giving airplane passengers a pretty blue backdrop to all things fall.
2. Speaking of water, another way to check out the autumn vistas is by getting on the water. Tour boats leave from various areas of the county and offer you a peaceful perspective of all things autumn.
3. Back on land, you can discover some of Door County’s lighthouses as well as fall colors aboard an old-style trolley. Door County Trolley travels the entire Peninsula--from the lake to the bay, as we like to say here.
The bright red motorized trolley is reminiscent of streetcar travel during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Its open-air style affords about 25 passengers with good seats for looking at fall foliage and old beacons including the circa1868 Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, which is located in picturesque Peninsula State Park.
4. Speaking of Peninsula State Park, still another way to see fall colors in Door County is from atop Eagle Tower located in the park. Climb the iconic tower, and then check out the view of trees—oak, maple and more--which seems to go on for miles and miles, creating a kaleidoscopic vista this time of year.
5. A true way to celebrate fall colors is by hiking a trail and getting close to the pretty leaves.
Whitefish Dunes State Park is a Door Peninsula treasure, affording 14 miles of hiking trails during fall. Don’t miss the park’s diverse yellow trail (this writer’s favorite). While on this 4.2-mile trail, you walk through a hardwood forest, cross meadows, smell a pine plantation and go past a creek.
Hikers must push through sand and step over rocks and tree roots. Bring your camera, because the yellow trail affords stunning colorful vistas of meadows framed by pine, birch
and maple trees.