Welcome to the first day of fall in Pure Michigan. The autumn season brings many great experiences to enjoy – hiking or biking through brilliant tree tunnels, strolling on still warm beaches and crunching into that perfect orchard apple. If you aren’t quite sold on the harvest season, here are five things to love about fall in Michigan. Share with us your favorite fall activity or memory by commenting below.
Finding the perfect pumpkin
As Halloween approaches, so does the search for that quintessential pumpkin that will make the perfect jack-o’-lantern or a steaming bowl of pumpkin soup.
Pumpkins are typically harvested in Michigan from September through October. With many pumpkin patches and farms offering activities like corn mazes, wagon rides and fresh foods from farmers markets, you can make an afternoon out of it.
Jumping in a pile of leaves
Each fall, kids look forward to making the biggest pile of leaves that they can for the sole purpose of making the big jump. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy jumping in a pile of leaves or the crunching sound of them beneath your feet.
Apple picking season
Michigan is known for its fresh apples during the autumn harvest season. There are more than 9.2 million apple trees and 850 family-run farms in the state. There is something special about biting into a juicy Michigan apple that you plucked from a tree branch yourself from a U-Pick farm, or trying out some new recipes with the various varieties of Michigan-grown apples.
Learn more about U-Pick farm, apple tour or cooking inspiration here.
Taking a scenic road trip
Pack up your car for a day or even a long weekend. The open road is a perfect way to get an up close and personal tour of Michigan’s fall foliage.
Michigan’s well-known fall color routes include M22, Brockway Mountain Drive and Tunnel of Trees, but there are so many scenic routes around the state just waiting to be discovered. For more information on color tours, visit http://www.michigan.org/fall-color-tours/
The fall season ushers in the kickoff of football at colleges and universities all around Michigan. A crisp Saturday afternoon on campus brings students, alumni and fans together to cheer on their team. Consider taking a trip to Ann Arbor to catch a game at iconic Michigan Stadium, better known as The Big House, or the ever-loud and exciting Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. No matter your affiliation, fall football in Michigan is hard to beat.
For more ideas on how to enjoy the fall season in Michigan, visit www.michigan.org/fall, where you can download the Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide.