Circle Tour of Lake Superior in September and OctoberI want to take the Lake Superior drive about Sept. 28 till finished. Is this too late to begin the drive? Will lodgings and parks still be open till Oct. 10? Thanks. - Charles, Minneapolis
No, this is a great time to take the Circle Tour of Lake Superior — it's peak season for fall color.
Of course, this means you'll have to reserve lodgings ASAP, especially for weekends. Even if you're tent camping, you'll still have to reserve in popular places, such as Minnesota's North Shore.
In Thunder Bay, Fort William Historical Park is open daily through Oct. 8. It won't have as many interpreters as it does in summer, but there's still a lot to do and see.
Ontario parks operating dates vary, but the ones you'll want to visit and/or camp at — Kakabeka Falls, Sleeping Giant, Rainbow Falls, Lake Superior-Agawa Bay and Pancake Bay — are open through Oct. 8.
Late fall, when lots of salties are coming in to load grain, is a great time to visit the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.
Near Paradise, Mich., the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is open daily through Oct. 31.
The big Apple Festival in Bayfield, Wis., is Oct. 5-7, and it fills up every room in a 60-mile radius. It's a lot of fun, but reserve ASAP if you want to stay in that area.