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Nothing says fall like the changing colors of the leaves, and the Midwest is one of the best places around to see the incredible colors of fall. Not only beautiful to behold, they make amazing backdrops for family photos. There are more cool photo ops in the Midwest than you may have been aware of. While this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list, we’ve picked some top sights that you won’t be able to resist capturing. Plan your fall color tour and include a few of these stops of some of our favorite cool photo ops.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Ohio

You don’t need to travel far to find cool photo ops. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park here in Ohio is almost like finding cool photo ops in your own backyard – which makes it a great trip even during the current pandemic!

There is always plenty to do at any National Park and Cuyahoga Valley is no exception. Activities from fishing to hiking to even golfing can be enjoyed at Cuyahoga Valley and you’ll find plenty of cool photo ops along the way. Whether you are looking for enough activities for a day, a weekend, or a full weeklong getaway, bring the family and enjoy all Cuyahoga Valley has to offer. Reopening September 30th, there’s even a scenic train ride that offers a wealth of cool photo ops. You and your family will be able to reminisce for decades as you enjoy looking at your photos time and again.

Just one of (hundreds of National Parks in the US), all the information you’ll need to plan your trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park can be found on the NPS website.

Sleeping Bear Dunes – Michigan

Travelers from all over the country are drawn to the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Leelanau County, Michigan. This breathtaking shoreline park also offers cool photo ops at every step through its 71,187 acres of hills, valleys, dunes and small lakes. With views like no others, this park has been named the “Most Beautiful Place in America,” so you’ll want to be sure to get your reservations in early. The Sleeping Bear Dunes RV-friendly campsites are limited and, as you can imagine, wildly popular!

Whether you are capturing photos of the sweeping lake views at the top of Dune Climb or looking out over a blanket of treetops along the vast shoreline of Lake Michigan from the top of a bluff on Pyramid Point Trail, you are sure to capture breathtaking pictures of the fall colors in northern Michigan.

City of Madison – Indiana

Not to worry, even though our beautiful state and national parks are popular, some cool photo ops will be found elsewhere! The city of Madison, Indiana, was named after President James Madison, and is located in the southeast corner of Indiana, along the Ohio River. This lovely city has everything from educational opportunities to recreational activities like festivals and more.

This bustling little Midwest city has 133 city blocks of historic district – one of the largest landmark districts in the country! You can tour the Lanier Mansion or simply admire the many 19th and early 20th century buildings and homes. You are sure to find plenty of cool photo ops here whether your idea of the perfect photo is along the river or next to an historic landmark! While you’re in Indiana, you may even want to stop and tour an RV factory!

360 Chicago Observation Deck – Illinois

While 875 North Michigan Avenue is far from a being a state or national park, the widely famous observatory of the former John Hancock Center is one destination not to miss if your RV trip brings you through Illinois. Amazingly cool photo ops of the captivating views of Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago can be seen from over 1,000 feet in the air here. You may even catch a glimpse of a small aircraft passing by – at eye level. (What a way to channel your inner King Kong!)

There may not be captivating views from the elevators, but at speeds of over 20 miles per hour, they are the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. It may not be Cedar Point, but at those speeds the elevators do rival some amusement park rides! There is also a full bar where you can enjoy the local flavors, or simply relax after the speedy elevator ride.

It’s even a great place to start a cross-country tour on the famous Route 66! Travel from Chicago to Los Angeles for an extended trip that will be chock full of cool photo ops and a gateway to studying this important historic piece of America.

Fall Foliage – Across the Midwest

As summer winds to an end, Fall Foliage season is right around the corner. When the leaves begin to fall, unforgettable photo ops appear all around. From parks to roadsides, everywhere you look throughout the Midwest becomes a perfect photo backdrop of warm, bright colors. The best time to plan your fall foliage tour here in the Midwest is around October. There are some great individual places around Ohio, so check out our guide to planning your Ohio fall foliage tour!

You may have so much fun that you’ll want to plan a spring tour and revisit a few of these stops to take seasonal comparison photos with the budding trees and spring flowers as the backdrop in your favorite cool photo ops!

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