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48 Hour Fall Getaway in Wisconsin Dells

Women looking over the wisconsin river at the VUE boutique hotel

The first day of fall – which is September 22 – is a time to break out your favorite flannel, get outdoors, and enjoy the cool colorful beauty of Mother Nature. What better way to accomplish all of that than with a quick 48-hour trip to Wisconsin Dells?

Caramel apples at Swiss Maid Fudge shop


Fall in Wisconsin Dells is a beautiful sight to behold! As the outdoor waterparks and pools close for the season, Mother Nature steps in to make a splash of her own. The changing leaves along the Wisconsin River create a beautiful, picturesque backdrop for you to reconnect with friends and family. Let’s get started!

Wisconsin Dells has over 8,000 hotel rooms so there’s no need to worry about finding a great place to stay while in Wisconsin Dells! From cozy cabins with fireplaces to indoor waterpark resorts you’ll be able to find the perfect accommodations for your trip away, no matter how many people are joining you. For a unique one of a kind stay, check out The VUE - A Boutique Hotel, located right on the Wisconsin River. Request a balcony room so you can wake up and enjoy the beautiful scenery right outside your window.  

First things first: start your day by visiting a classic Wisconsin Dells attraction; Lost Canyon Tours. Enjoy the entire tour riding through a magnificent mile of cliff-walled gorges in a quaint horse-drawn carriage. Your tour guides will take you through all of the nooks and crannies of Lost Canyon, you’ll even get to see sandstone walls that haven’t seen the sun in over 50,000 years. There are also several options for the adventure seekers out there, whether it's ziplining, a ropes course, or vertical adventure! After your adrenaline comes down, ride the rails through some of the most colorful countryside in Wisconsin courtesy of a historic steam-powered train.

Lost Canyon Wisconsin Dells


Next up, sample hand crafted beverages at a Wisconsin Dells brewery, winery, or distillery. The area boasts several places to choose from, check out the full listing here! If you love to sample tasty libations be sure to plan a trip to Wisconsin Dells when either the Fall Wine Walk or Craft Beer Walk weekend is taking place. To view a full list of Wisconsin Dells Fall Festivals click here.

In Wisconsin Dells, we take the fine dining experience and make it a breeze, with easy parking and incredible chef-prepared cuisine all on the menu, you can’t go wrong with one of the many fine dining options. But are you looking for a unique dining experience? Luckily there’s a place that joins fine dining with nature to create a truly memorable dining experience. Located in the beautiful and serene Mirror Lake State Park, a long winding road takes you through hundreds of acres of meadow and forest leading you to Ishnala Supper Club. Enjoy a breathtaking view while you relax in the main dining room where giant Norway pines grow right through the roof!

Before heading out of town be sure to stop and checkout the downtown shops! Where you’ll get your fill on fudge, popcorn and souvenirs. All of Swiss Maid Fudge’s candy is made from scratch in copper kettles! Be sure to take some of their sweet treats with you on your way home! And don’t forget to stop at Winnebago Gift Shop, this shop has been in continuous operation since 1949, it’s the go-to spot for fine gifts and retro-cool décor.

If you need more recommendations, check out our trip builder tool  – we’ll ask a few questions then provide you with a list of things to do, where to stay, where to eat and more!

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