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T-minus 30 days until peak fall colors in 'best destination' Door County

If seeing the fall colors in Door County is on your must-do list, you probably want to start planning now. There might be a little more competition for lodging this year.

The beloved Wisconsin travel destination nabbed the top spot on USA Today's list of national destinations for fall foliage.

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The nomination process for the "10Best Readers' Choice Award" began earlier this summer. Door County, along with 19 other U.S cities, was nominated by a national panel of travel writers. On Sept. 6, the publication announced the top 10 and the winner, determined by popular vote.

Here's the complete list:

  1. Door County - Wisconsin
  2. White Mountains - New Hampshire
  3. Finger Lakes - New York
  4. Pocono Mountains - Pennsylvania
  5. Upper Peninsula - Michigan
  6. Okanagan Valley - British Columbia
  7. Catskills - New York
  8. Hocking Hills - Ohio
  9. Green Mountains - Vermont
  10. Jackson County - North Carolina

According to's handy Fall Color Report, Door County's peak colors are expected during the third week of October.

Right now, the map is showing mostly green foliage across the state, but with the unpredictability of Wisconsin's fall season, you probably want keep a close eye on the report.

As you're planning your visit, consider booking a bit outside of the immediate area. If you're willing a drive, a day trip might satisfy your selfie needs. Also consider visiting a bit after peak; it's still gorgeous and likely less crowded in the top destinations like Fish Creek and Egg Harbor.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee