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Fun Places to Fly in the Midwest: 8 Magnificent Fall Flight Destinations

Fall is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to see the changing fall foliage throughout the Midwest. From state to state across the heartland, here are the best places to visit this autumn season. And, remember, if you want to make traveling easier, then get in touch with Inflight Pilot Training today and fly yourself to your favorite destinations! All it takes is the proper training to obtain the necessary pilot certification. Learn more about becoming a private pilot here.


1) Galena, IL

Nearest Airport: Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ)


Located in the lush, gorgeous Mississippi River Valley, Galena is a fall paradise. This quaint river town in the rolling hills of west Illinois is known for its historic charm, shops and restaurants, and forested bluffs. Visitors can sign up for one of the many tours and cruises to view the changing tree colors, or visit vineyards for tastings. Take a trip up Chestnut Mountain to look over the Mighty Mississippi and take in its glory.


2) Door County, WI

Nearest Airport: Door County Cherryland Airport (SUE)


Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin’s scenic Peninsula known as Door County — and enjoy as much beer and cheese as you want while taking in the view of the 300-mile shoreline! With plenty of orchards, pumpkin patches and wineries, all in a picturesque Midwestern setting, you’re in for the perfect fall experience. And, whether you’re a Packer fan or not, Green Bay is just a quick 45-minutes away and provides all the fun of the big city.


3) South Haven, MI

Nearest Airport: South Haven Area Regional Airport (LWA)


Nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan, South Haven is the ideal destination for the fall season. With plenty of wilderness along the lake and the Black River for seeing the colors, as well as the annual Haven Harvest Festival, which includes hayrides, pumpkin chucking and a pet-costume parade, the whole family is bound to have a ball! 


4) Custer State Park, SD

Nearest Airport: Custer State Park Airport (3V0)


Much of South Dakota may be flat farmland, but the Western side of the state boasts some of the most unique scenery in the Midwest among the Black HIlls. Custer State Park, one of the nation’s largest state parks, is a sight to see during the fall, with its massive granite spires, countless sparkling lakes, free-roaming bison and vivid fall colors. Head to Sylvan Lake for some of the most impressive scenery along the one-mile path.


5) Brown County State Park, IN

Nearest Airport: Columbus Municipal Airport (BAK)


A trip to Brown County State Park reveals some awe-inspiring fall views, full of changing tree leaves, viewable at several outlooks. Stop the car and explore 20 miles of hiking trails or one of the 70 horse trails, and remember to pack a picnic basket to enjoy the crisp fall day. Get a true fall experience and check out one of the many covered bridges in the area (Indiana has the third most covered bridges of any U.S. state). 


6) Park Rapids, MN

Nearest Airport: Park Rapids Municipal Airport (PKD)


Park Rapids has something for everyone searching for a fall getaway — shops full of rustic decor and up-north clothing, lakeside cabin retreats and plenty of nature to see in nearby Itasca State Park. This small town, where the headwaters of the Mississippi River begin, is sure to fulfill your need for a classic autumn trip. 


7) Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Nearest Airport: Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport (AIZ)


Whether you’re into boating, recreational activities or just spectacular scenery, Lake of the Ozarks is a great option for both this fall. In fact, USA Today voted this area number two on their list of the best places to see the fall colors in 2018. The Ozarks offers plenty, from championship golf courses and delicious lakeside restaurants to scenic drives along the massive bluffs and miles of hiking routes. Just remember to bring your camera!


8) Loess Hills, IA

Nearest Airport: Blair Municipal Airport (BTA)


When you’re ready for a fall retreat, consider a trip to Loess HIlls and get away from the stresses of everyday life. This unique area, located in Western Iowa and parts of Nebraska and Missouri provides remarkable scenery along the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, a unique land formation that’s up to 15 miles wide and 200 miles long. As the leaves start to change across the hills, the alluring colors of fall appear in impressive fashion.


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