Illinois launches Fall Colors Trip Planner

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022 0

Just in time for leaf peeping season, the Illinois Office of Tourism, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), has released the 2022 Fall Colors Trip Planner

This is a new online guide to make finding the best time to spot peak fall foliage across the state easier than ever.

The Fall Colors Trip Planner features the new Illinois Fall Color Tracker, and an interactive state map that allows users to track fall colors by region within a specific time frame.

Illinois’ Fall Colors Trip Planner will serve as a useful trip planning resource featuring regional road trip itineraries, weekly fall color reports and the top fall activities.

Travelers are also encouraged to share their fall color photos using the #EnjoyIllinois hashtag to be featured on

“The new Fall Colors Trip Planner and Fall Color Tracker are great tools for anyone looking to plan a fall getaway, whether they live in Illinois or are visiting from another state or country. This fall, we encourage folks to get out and explore the beautiful Illinois foliage,”said Sylvia I. Garcia, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

To view the Illinois Fall Colors Trip Planner and new Fall Color Tracker, click here.

The Fall Colors Trip Planner will be updated weekly, offering a real-time look at where to spot fall foliage during peak times.

It also includes a variety of fall travel trip itineraries created to highlight must-visit sights and attractions unique to Illinois. They include:

Spellbound in the Suburbs – Just outside Chicago make a visit to Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove or the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Destination Shawnee – Trek across thousands of acres of natural landscapes in fall foliage colors resembling sunrises and sunsets. Explore rock formations, picturesque hills, lush woodlands and scenic bluffs.

Frights & Delights in Illinois – Featuring local haunts in the southwest region of the state along the Great River Road, including the McPike Mansion in Alton, the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton and Alton Hauntings Tours.

More seasonal trip itineraries here.

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