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Fall Color Drives: Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling

The air in Sturgeon Bay might be getting a little more of a crisp feel, but that only means that the fall colors will be pouring out their splendor. Sturgeon Bay has enchanting destinations where you can see every shade of red, orange, and yellow as you prepare for the chilly days of winter that are sure to come. Check out our list of the perfect color drives and tours available in Sturgeon Bay, Door County and then make your plans to visit what’s long been known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”

Take the Lake Side

This Lake Michigan drive will take you directly through numerous varieties of hardwoods which ablaze in autumn’s glory. Start your exploring at Sturgeon Bay’s Coast Guard Canal Station and North Pierhead Lighthouses and then continue along Lake Forest Park Road.

This drive lends itself to not only the coloring trees, but the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline as well. This road follows onto Glidden Road, home of the timeless, Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant and Glidden Lodge Beach Resort.

Next up? Whitefish Dunes State Park. This state park gives a majestic feel with mixed hardwoods mixed amongst the white pine and hemlock.  Don’t forget to stop by Cave Point County Park, adjacent to Whitefish Dunes, to capture the crashing waves along the caves.

Take the Bay Side

Looking for a timeless route? Start in downtown Sturgeon Bay! Third Avenue, just north of the city limits, changes to what is known as Bay Shore Drive.

This road makes for a quintessential, classic drive along the Bay of Sturgeon Bay amongst homes cottages that are home to generations of Door County lovers.

Roll down your window and breathe in the autumn air while viewing the fall colors and listening to the rustle of the leaves. This road leads you directly to Egg Harbor, allowing you to continue your divine, fall drive north.

Fan Favorite

Perhaps the perfect stopping spot, is the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park. This 75 foot tower (which is 225 feet above the water line) gives you a panoramic view, reaching 16 miles across the Bay of Green Bay.

The drive through the park will grab your attention with the vivid colors, but the tower view will hands-down blow you away with a view second to none. A vehicle admission sticker is required for all motor vehicles in the WI State Parks.

You can buy an annual sticker for admission to all state parks for the calendar year, or a daily sticker which is valid for the date of issue.

Vehicle Admission for Color Drives at Potawatomi State Park

*Reduced rate annual stickers are for additional vehicles registered to the same household address.

**One-hour stickers are not available at all properties.

Water Views

Don’t forget the option of taking advantage of the fall colors by water, too. Fall is a great time to rent a kayak or paddleboard, or, for even more relaxation, sit back and relax as a captain sails you along the waters.

Charter a sailboat, ride the Chicago Fireboat, or rent a pontoon. Whatever you choose, Sturgeon Bay is ready! Visit our website and we’ll help you find your perfect autumn color tour.