12 Amazing Michigan Fall Foliage Photos

Autumn in Michigan is nothing less than breathtaking. Between the opportunities to hike through wooded areas bursting with changing colors to spending time on the water before it gets too cool, there are endless things to enjoy during the harvest season in the Great Lakes state. As we look forward to the official start of fall, check out these 12 autumn photos as shared by Pure Michigan’s Instagram community. 

Sometimes the best fall colors are right in your own backyard. Photo courtesy @hockeygirl0011.

Fall colors right in our backgrounds. @hockeygirl0011

A picturesque Upper Peninsula hidden gem near Munising, Mich. Photo courtesy @justvisitingblog.

Upper Peninsula - a hiddlen gem near Munising, Mich. Photo courtesy of @justvisitingblog

Autumn in Michigan is a beautiful thing and this scenic wooded view is no exception. Photo courtesy @yoopershirts.

Autumn - photo courtesy of @yoopershirts

Even in fall Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a breathtaking site. Photo courtesy @chrissymaio.

Pictured Rocks - photo courtesy of @chrissymaio.

An awesome perspective of vibrant gold leaves. Photo courtesy @aaronburden.

Vibrant gold leaves - photo courtesy of @aaronburden

Fall colors at Lake of the Clouds never disappoint. Photo courtesy @rachelstaeffler.

Lake of the Clouds - photo courtesy of @rachelstaeffler.

A wonderful place to take a fall walks near Traverse City. Photo courtesy @chajones61.

Fall walk - photo courtesy of @chajones61

Sometimes just what you need is a nice fall drive. Photo courtesy @traprockvalley.

Fall Drive - photo courtesy @traprockvalley

Where do you like to bike ride to see the fall colors? Photo courtesy @laurenweber84.

Bike ride - photo courtesy @laurenweber84

A gorgeous day on Grand River in East Lansing, Mich. Photo courtesy @shawste4.

Grand River - Photo courtesy @shawste4

Even though the weather is cooler, that doesn’t mean you can’t go on a kayaking trip to enjoy the fall foliage. Photo courtesy @treegirl29.

Kayak - photo courtesy @treegirl29

A wonderful reflection of a Midland bridge, we can’t help but stop and stare. Photo courtesy @he_lium.

Midland bridge - Photo courtesy @he_lium.

What are your favorite places to explore in Michigan this fall?

Five Incredible Instagram Photos from Our Fans in August 2015

Our Instagram fans have not wasted a second of their Pure Michigan summer! From days at the beach to exploring Michigan lighthouses, we saw it all on Instagram this month. Here are just a few stand-out Instagram fan photos from August.

This beautiful shot was taken on the shores of North Beach on Grand Island. Where in Pure Michigan do you like to spend your perfect beach day? Thanks for sharing @labohemiana.

Photo Courtesy of @labohemiana

This amazing picture of the Milky Way over Port Oneida has us in awe. Photo captured by @snaphappygalphotography.

Photo Courtesy of @snaphappygalphotography

This incredible shot of the Mackinac Bridge was captured by @collincrane1.

Photo Courtesy of @collincrane1

What a wonderful way to start the day. We love this shot of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Mears. Thank you for sharing @jasonmciver.

Photo Courtesy of @jasonmciver

Kayaking through Lover’s Leap at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an absolute favorite. Where do you love to kayak? Photo courtesy of @mc_angela.

Photo Courtesy of @mc_angela

 If you’re on Instagram, follow us @PureMichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, please tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to “re-gram.”

11 Amazing Photos of Michigan Waterfalls

Did you know there are more than 200 waterfalls in Michigan? Between the mighty Miners Falls to the ever-tall Bridalveil Falls, these majestic forces of nature can be explored year-round! For a little inspiration, here are 11 fantastic photos of Michigan waterfalls captured by our fans and other talented photographers around the state.

Beautiful photo of Miners Falls. Photo captured by Instagram user @Jeebs_media.

Beautiful photo of Miners Falls. Photo captured by Instagram User @Jeebs_media.

Au Train Falls. Photo shared by @domang.

Au Train Falls. Photo shared by @domang

A Michigander exploring Tannery Falls. Photo shared by @mega_vega.

Photo of TanneryFalls in Munising by Instagram fan  @mega_vega.

Munising Falls in the Upper Peninsula. Photo captured by @_toni86.

Munising Falls in the Upper Peninsula. Photo captured by @_toni86

The magnificent Tahquamenon Falls. As seen on Google maps street view. Check out a 360 degree panoramic view of the falls at michigan.org/googletrekker.

The magnificent Tahquamenon Falls. As seen on Google maps street view.

 Pure natural beauty at Wagner Falls. Awesome shot by @charlesgibson.

Pure natural beauty at Wagner Falls. Awesome shot by @charlesgibson.

Dead River Falls near Marquette. Photo captured by @heather_burns14.

Dead River Falls near Marquette. Photo captured by @heather_burns14

The rushing Ocqueoc Falls. Photo captured by Facebook fan Norm Powell.

The rushing Ocqueoc Falls. Photo captured by Facebook fan Norm Powell

A falling sun at Spray Falls at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo captured by Erika Atherton.

A falling sun at Spray Falls at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo captured by Erika Atherton.

Rock River Falls. Photo captured by Brian Nichols.

Rock River Falls. Photo captured by Brian Nichols.

An awe-inspiring capture of Canyon Falls. Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Fran Dwight.

An awe-inspiring capture of Canyon Falls. Photo courtesy of Facebook fan Fran Dwight

Which Michigan waterfall is your favorite to marvel at? Tell us your favorite place to see these natural wonders!