Know + Go: Half of Wisconsin expects 'colorama'

  • September 15, 2012 - 2:24 PM

Like Minnesota, Wisconsin has been suffering through a drought. But the upper half of Wisconsin got enough rain to make for a "good colorama year," says Danielle Johnson of the state Department of Tourism. She says the northern part of Wisconsin usually peaks from mid-September to the end of October. But the drought-baked southern half of the state is different. Jason Quast, assistant forest superintendent at the Kettle Moraine State Forest's Northern Unit, says: "We're telling people the drought will have an effect on how vibrant the colors will be this year." Travelers can get color information by phone at 1-800-432-8747 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

Cleveland art museum gets ready for unveiling

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has just completed a $23 million overhaul with a striking new stainless-steel building. The hexagon-shaped structure, which opens Oct. 4, was designed by Farshid Moussavi of London. The inaugural exhibit, "Inside Out and From the Ground Up," looks at how artists engage with architecture. Details: ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Wi-Fi now free for visitors to LAX

Los Angeles International Airport now offers free Wi-Fi service in its terminals. Visitors get free Wi-Fi for 45 minutes of regular access, or they can pay $4.95 for an hour of high-speed service or $7.95 for an uninterrupted 24-hour period. LOS ANGELES TIMES

Study: Chicago tourists take highest tax hit

Tourists in downtown Chicago pay the nation's highest tax burden. On average, a traveler will pay $40.31 in combined taxes per day, according to research by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. Also high on the list were New York ($37.98), Boston ($34.83) and Kansas City, Mo. ($34.58). LOS ANGELES TIMES

Minnesota fall color pick of the week:

Judge C.R. Magney State Park

Take the Timberdoodle Trail at this park along Hwy. 61; the self-guided path cuts through color-changing deciduous forest. A bench along the way overlooks Lake Superior, whose waves can whip up a show with autumn's winds. Details at KERRI WESTENBERG

You can save on package trips to Hawaii

Pleasant Holidays has deals on packages to Hawaii, including free Hertz car rental for up to seven days and hotel discounts. Prices vary. For example, a seven-night stay in mid-January that includes round-trip airfare on United, accommodations at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and an economy car rental starts at about $3,400 per couple. Travel by Dec. 21 or Jan. 7 through May 24, except blackout dates of March 30-April 7. Book by Oct. 21. Five-night minimum hotel stay required; trans-Pacific airfare must be included. Info: 1-800-742-9244; WASHINGTON POST

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