Five Reasons to Look Forward to Fall in Pure Michigan

With fall just around the corner, we asked the team at Captain Michigan to tell us why they’re looking forward to fall in Pure Michigan this year. Below is a roundup of five reasons to look forward to fall in Michigan this year, compiled by Captain Michigan and their community.

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Can you think of a place on earth with so many amazing seasons, while surrounded by such an abundance of fresh water? Yes, you got it, it's Pure Michigan! 

The only state shaped like a mitten that is always waving hello, come and visit, we're awaiting your arrival friends.

Reason #1: The Upper Peninsula.

Michigan has some of the best year round destinations, especially in the U.P. It's impossible to choose only one location to visit during the fall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to look at such an abundance of vivid colors.

This is why we choose the Upper Peninsula as a whole. Just take a drive up there one weekend and oh will you be amazed. From the Porcupine Mountains and down to St. Ignace, your breath will be taken away. It's an experience we can't explain; rather it's one you have to come experience in person first hand. We guarantee you will come back often!

Reason #2: Magnificent Fall Colors.

Some of the best fall colors in the United States are right here in our own backyard. The first and arguably the most famous is the Tunnel of Trees, located on one of the most spectacular drives you will ever take. This great destination is located on Michigan Highway 119 – from Harbor Springs only 20 miles to the quaint, historic town of Cross Village.

You will be brought to tears of joy with such magnificent beauty in such a pristine location, just off the shores of Lake Michigan. 

Or, visit one of Michigan’s Metroparks any day of the week, whether it's during your lunch hour or on a family picnic. Sit back and take it all in – these extraordinary colors only come out once per year, but the wow factor you will feel is irreplaceable and will never go away!

Reason #3: Football Tailgating Weekends.

Now, who isn't a fan of college football tailgating on a sunny Saturday during fall in Pure Michigan? The experience on some of our states college campuses sets our state apart from the rest. 

Why you may be asking? Here is one example: We proudly call them the Great Lakes

How many campuses in our great nation are surrounded by so many spectacular views? Our polite answer is: none! Just imagine watching a football game off of the shores of Lake Superior while freighters pass by in the distance on a beautiful fall afternoon in Pure Michigan. Not a bad visual at all, is it?

Reason #4: St. Clair Freighter Watching.

It is a real treat to be able to sit and watch these magnificent vessels travel the St. Clair River. On a fall day, it's even better with the colorful trees in the background. If you've never had the pleasure of visiting the Blue Water region of Michigan's eastern shore, then we highly recommend it. But, remember to bring a camera and be prepared to say, "Wow, look at that!" all day long.

Reason #5: The Sleeping Bear Dunes.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the ultimate destination. That’s especially true during fall because the view only gets that much better (if you can believe it). Many spend summer days walking the dunes with sand between their toes and the sounds of Lake Michigan in the near distance, but have you  stood atop the dunes highest points during the peak of fall season to look out at some  of the most stunning fall foliage and crystal blue waters on a sunny day in Pure Michigan? This is definitely a memory you will never forget!

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