I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who posted info about fall colors on this forum. I had a wonderful trip which I won't go into great detail here (you can read my reviews to get an idea of where I went). The Wisconsin website that gives updates on the color changes was immensely helpful - www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report - and is one of the reasons that I spent so much time in Wisconsin even though I flew into Minnesota. I never made to the Dells - but the Hayward area in the fall is not to be missed, imho. I went east, west, north and south from there in fog, rain, and sunshine and it was all gorgeous.
I saw plenty of dairy cows, deer, and turkeys but once again never saw the moose that I so yearn to see. The county I live in is supposed to have around 300 of them and darned if I can even find one! My friends tease me with magnets of moose, etc. Oh, well.
Biggest challenge of the trip was finding something to eat without cheese (I don't eat cheese - a real shock to WI cooks, it seems). But I did find lots of great folks and would recommend a WI trip to others.