One of the many benefits of living in the Upper Midwest is the variety of seasons we get to experience. Arguably, the most beautiful time of the year is fall. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, the fall months bring cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and a beauty that is only seen in this part of the country for a few weeks per year. September and October are two of the most popular months for camping and ATV riding before winter arrives, understandably so. The Upper Midwest is full of forests, lakes, and rivers that are heavily camped throughout the summer. During the fall, we encourage our customers to rent campers and other recreational vehicles to celebrate weekends when the kids are not in school. Here, our experts at Fractional Toys will discuss some of our favorite locations for fall camping and recreation.


Some of the vehicles that help make a fall colors tour more enjoyable include:

●        Campers and toy haulers

●        Motorhomes

●        ATVs and side-by-side UTVs

●        Pontoon boats (two available for day trips on the St. Croix River)

North Shore of Lake Superior

On the North Shore of Lake Superior, there are many national forests and state parks that allow for ample camping, fishing, hunting, and more. Typically, the best time to visit is mid-September to early October. During this time, the leaves are in the midst of changing and the scenery is more beautiful than ever. The North Shore is simple to get to. You simply get on Highway 61 North from Duluth to Grand Portage.

Brainerd Lakes Area

The area around Brainerd is surrounded by lakes and forests, which allow you plenty of space to explore nature. In addition to the natural surroundings, the town of Brainerd is nearby, as well as several other small towns. This allows you and your family and friends to explore historic areas of Minnesota while enjoying your trip to the lakes.


In normal years, the best time to visit the Brainerd area to get the full fall effect is late September to early October. Additionally, this area is easy to get to. You simply take Highway 371 from Brainerd to Leech Lake. A quick search before your trip would also show you dozens of other campgrounds and areas to explore, including Lum Park, Birch Bay RV Resort, Highview Campground & RV Park, and more.


Visit this website to learn more about the area.

St. Croix River Valley

If you are looking to take a trip, but not stray too far from home, you should visit the St. Croix River Valley. The river runs along the Minnesota and Wisconsin border and is just 30 minutes from the heart of St. Paul and 45 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Traveling along the river valley allows you to explore historic cities, hike, camp, take vintage trolley or train rides, and much more. There are many state parks and other RV parks and campgrounds throughout the valley that give you many places to stay, including Wildwood RV Park in Wisconsin and Interstate State Park. Typically, the peak time to see the leaves before they fall is late September to mid-October.


To learn more about the St. Croix River Valley, visit this website today. 

Mississippi River Valley

Another trip you can make close to home is to visit the Mississippi River Valley. The river begins in Northern Minnesota and makes its way down to the Gulf of Mexico. There are numerous campgrounds, as well as trails to hike and ride bikes, and much more, including Pettibone Resort and Goose Island Campground. While you can stay close to home along the river valley, you do not have to. Depending on your preferences, you have options up and down the shoreline. Typically, the best time to see the fall colors is in mid-October.


To learn more about  visiting the Mississippi River Valley, visit this website.

Door County, Wisconsin

In Door County, Wisconsin, there are over 300 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan to visit and explore, including towns like Brussels and Ellison Bay. In addition to numerous campgrounds, there are also several resorts and hotels to stay at. There are countless trails to explore and hike, as well as numerous historic locations, recreational activities, family fun, and even more.


Usually, the best time to head to Door County to see the fall colors is in late October. Door County is also easy to get to from the Twin Cities. You simply need to head to Green Bay, then hop on State Road 57 until you get there.


To learn more about places to visit in Door County, visit its website.

Contact Fractional Toys Today

If you are in the Upper Midwest and searching for a company to rent you high-quality recreational vehicles, contact our team at Fractional Toys today. We rent only the best vehicles on the market to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip while camping and exploring. If you would like to learn more about our products or setup a time to meet with one of our experts, give us a call at 651-340-0937 or message us on our contact page today.