Online Staff Report
MADISON, Wis. — The crimson, gold and rust hues of Wisconsin’s vibrant autumn season are just about here and the best way to pinpoint peak fall color is with the popular Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report.
The online report is a tool for travelers to track fall foliage changes and plan a getaway in Wisconsin.
New this year, users can share and tag their own fall color photos and rate photos posted by others, creating a digital community of fall color trackers.
The Fall Color Report is now available on any smartphone, making it more convenient for visitors when they are on the road.
The report is the state’s leading tool for travelers to track the fall color change of Wisconsin’s 16 million acres of forests over the next few weeks.
Last year, the online Fall Color Report was the third-most popular page on TravelWisconsin.com and the most popular page during the fall season.
More than 100 fall color reporters provide updates in all 72 counties of the state, making the Fall Color Report the most timely and comprehensive report for fall color updates. The report is updated “virtually live,” meaning reporters from chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, tourism organizations, and state parks and forests can update their area’s status as conditions change. At a minimum, fall color watchers update once a week.
Highlights from the report and new enhancements include the following:
• An interactive map that allows users to share and tag their photos. Users can tag the location and share photo information, which will be organized in a gallery and pinned to the map for a completely interactive experience.
• Users have the ability to rate user submitted photos.
• Tabs are included for nearby events, activities, lodging and dining, helping users plan their fall getaway.
• Inside travel tips from the local area are provided, such as scenic drives, colorful parks and vistas, upcoming events, and other areas of interest.
• Links are included for local travel information.
• Travelers can subscribe to the weekly e-mail to have a link to the report sent every Thursday, in time to make weekend plans.
• A printable version and mobile site are included so fall color seekers can take the report with them, or view it on their smartphone.
Travelers looking for year-round Wisconsin getaway ideas, travel planning, events and free guides can discover their own fun at TravelWisconsin.com.
Posted Sept. 21, 2012