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October Weather and Sight Seeing

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October Weather and Sight Seeing

May be off to Milwaukee with work for a few days in late October and I'm trying to work out if it is worth extending the trip to a vacation around Wisconsin and Michigan.

I have never visited this part of the USA before. I gather we would be quite close to Chicago and may fly into there and have a few days there before driving to Milkwaukee.

I like the outdoors, so seeing the Great Lakes in all their splendour would be great.

However, without reading a great deal into this (and forgive me for not being much better informed yet) I'm not sure that the weather would be so great to 'sight-see' in Wisconsin at that time of year, although we are used to rain (hello Britain) but not so used to extreme cold temperatures.

I'm also a bit concerned that my husband will have 3 days in Milwaukee without me - is there enough for him to do on his own (i.e. not the best things because we'd do them together).

I guess I'm trying to work out whether the extra expense of car hire, extra nights in a hotel and a flight for the husband are worth it particularly with the concerns about the weather. It isn't the type of place I'd think to go on holiday which is why I like to make the most of these kind of opportunities!

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1. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

Milwaukee weather can be brisk, but quite nice in the Fall. Mid October is about peak time for fall colors, which are gorgeous, but the later you come in October the less chance you have of colors still being spectacular. Snow in October is rare and not likely to last even if we get an oddball event.

We have several museums that could occupy your husband's time as well as brewery tours and a casino. There is also enough of a theater and music scene in Milwaukee to keep evenings occupied. Spending three days in Milwaukee in October could be very enjoyable.

If you have a car hire, or rental car as we call it in the US, you could explore some areas outside of Milwaukee and see some beautiful countryside and small towns.

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2. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

OK this does not sound like "ice fishing" territory in October then which I am glad about! Thanks for the reply can always count on TripAdvisor! I think we would like to do this, see the Great Lakes, visit Chicago etc. so I might do some more reading on it, flights seem to be about £500 and if we get reasonable accomodation and car hire it could be not too expensive!

Thanks in advance

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3. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

If you decide to explore your options further I am sure you can get lots of ideas from this forum.

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4. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

thanks przyk we are going to work out our schedules in the next few weeks and see what holidays we have. Hopefully I'll be back to pester you all! :)

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5. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

I see that you are planning on spending time in Chicago. Good, do that as it will be a highlight of your trip.

Now on to Wisconsin, where I live. WI is beautiful, four wonderful seasons. The issue with our seasons is the transition between them, like November and March, which are "tweener" months. While our state is still beautiful, neither of those months allow you to enjoy the season. Fall is beautiful, but late Oct is not fall. Winter is beautiful, but late Oct isn't winter either. So, as much as I love living in northern WI, I wouldn't spend a lot of time there in late Oct.

I would travel in the southern part of the state at that time, there are several interesting things to do and see.

If you do want to see the lake, Door County, where I live, is wonderful. Most businesses will be open until Oct 30. And while there won't be many leaves, the beer will be cold and the natives will be friendly!

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6. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

Hey Sailingfan, come ON! Chicago will be the highlight of their trip!? Dollydaydream, there's a bit of competition between Wisconsin and Illinois and Milwaukee and Chicago, so I had to tease him a bit. Seriously WI and Milwaukee have a lot to offer, but Chicago would definitely be worth a stop. Our airport is much easier to deal with than O'Hare and if you had more time I'd suggest flying to Milwaukee and then taking a day trip to Chicago. But for a shorter trip, that may not be the best use of your time.

Southern Wisconsin even in mid October (let's say the 12-20th) can still be very nice, 50's and 60's but it gets more iffy as you get into the very end of the month. There may still be a few colors in the trees depending when you get here. The drive from WI to Michigan is doable, but it's quite a long one. You'd want to go via the northern route probably and you may not have that much time. Here's the website for the official Wisconsin Tourism Division. http://www.travelwisconsin.com/

Sailingfan should have been less modest and really encouraged you to see Door County, it's a beautiful area and about 3 hours north of Milwaukee. Once you get the trip a bit more settled, come on back and keep asking. It's also helpful to look back through old posts as I remember others asking about similar trips--about 7-10 days in WI and what people recommended they do.

Oh, and don't let my screen name fool you, it does get warm here also (in fact much of the state is in the 90's today).

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7. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

No, I said "A" highlight of the trip, not "THE" highlight of the trip.

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8. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

well I think this summer's vacation will test our roadtripping skills (given that the UK is about 10 hours end to end, a "long" drive for us is about 3 hours! We are off to the Rockies this summer and over to Vancouver and then later on from Vegas to monument valley, a few 8 or so hour drive, can definitely do them,(did a tortuous 9 hour drive in Oz with just sugar beet fields for scenery *yawn*!) just not looking forward to doing several in 2 weeks! :) it'll be worth it though!

I really hope we can pull this trip off, thinking about it, there is no reason why the 4 work days can't be at the end and the 'holiday' be before, so we could go from 10th Oct - 24th which sounds more 'colourful' and lensuring most things will be open and in season. Fingers crossed we get to go and husband can get time off too!

Thanks frozen, will definitely look around some more, just dont want to get my hopes up. Trip Advisor has been AMAZINg (and so many patient people!) for planning this summer's trip!

Thanks again y'all!

PS - I'm glad you said Chicago was in Illinois, that works out in my brain, I'd spent most of the week looking at the map thinking "hmm wow I never knew Chicago was in Wisconsin" - eek !

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9. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

Yes, TA is wonderful, we never could have done that trip without it. (Except when they're doing maintenance. This has never happened to me, but this is the third time I've posted this. Luckily after it disappeared the first time I copy/pasted so I had it ready when the site was back up.)

The Rockies, which part? We were in Rocky Mountain National Park two years ago on a 3 week, 5000 mile trip that included South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Arizona etc. We'll seem pretty tame after the southwest but the mid-west has its own beauty. Oh, that's what our region is called, there's nothing "western" about it--lots of cows and farms, not many horses.

Sailing, I apologize, there's such a difference between those two little words, I should have known better.

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10. Re: October Weather and Sight Seeing

If you can change to Oct 10-24th that puts Wi in a whole new light! It will be glorious, with late fall festivals, still some leaves on the trees, everything will be open. There is a big festival 10/14 in Sister Bay, you could check that out if you decide to visit Door County.

The state will be wide open, weather should be good, much better choice.