Fall Color Tours

  • It's when autumn arrives in Michigan. And there's no better place to see the dynamic colors of a trillion trees than along our highways, country roads and coastlines. So let's head out to the forests. Let our fall colors report guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall vacation. 
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Alpena - Gaylord - Mio

Michigan's Sunrise Side greets fall color in late September, and the autumn hues usually linger until mid-October. This 200-mile route travels from Lake Huron's shore to a stunning stand of virgin forest, with lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way.


Detroit - Algonac - Lake Orion - Port Huron

Where better to begin a driving trip than in the Motor City? The home of the Motown Sound is the starting point for a 195-mile fall color route that skirts three waterways to the maritime city of Port Huron, and rolls through historic Southeast Michigan towns with connections to three pop music stars. The month of October is prime for viewing autumn hues at a variety of parks, and stopping to taste seasonal treats at cider mills along the way.


Flint - Brighton - Bloomfield Hills

Catch the last spectacular show of fall color in East Central and Southeastern Michigan in October. There is plenty of see and do with the entire family in this loop of 150 miles from Bloomfield Hills, to Flint and back down to the Brighton area.


Grand Ledge - Hastings - Battle Creek - Eaton Rapids

Here's a Capital idea: a fall color excursion that starts in the State Capital and takes in scenic farm and woodlands, rivers, and a unique geological formation that is about 300-million years old. The 150-mile loop is best enjoyed from mid to late October.


Grand Rapids - Grand Haven - South Haven - Kalamazoo

Pack the binoculars, bicycles and beach blanket for a fall color tour that takes in all the sights, from city scenes and sand dunes to wineries, farm markets and Lake Michigan sunsets. And don't forget the camera for this 195-mile West Michigan jaunt, which is best enjoyed from early to late October.


Grayling - Torch Lake - Lake City

Enjoy this area's fall color by car, on foot, or in a canoe. The winding Au Sable River is the perfect waterway to paddle and enjoy the splashes of vibrant color against towering evergreens.


Hillsdale - Homer - Sturgis

Catch the last act of Michigan's fall color show in the central Lower Peninsula near the state's border with Indiana and Ohio.  Best enjoyed from mid-to-late October, the 155-mile loop travels through countryside known for agriculture, antiques and Amish communities.


Houghton - Eagle River - Copper Harbor

Michigan's fall colors come first to the trees of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the state's northernmost point. The crooked finger of land that juts into Lake Superior puts on its annual show from about mid-September to early October in a stunning display of reds, oranges and golds that blankets the hills and ridges and forms colorful tunnels on winding two-lane roads.


Iron River - Bruce Crossing - Watersmeet

If you're looking for fabulous fall color, look no further than Michigan--it's around nearly every bend in the road.  We invite you to take time along the way to discover the many local U-pick orchards, pumpkin patches, cider mills, and autumn festivals for a real taste of the harvest season in Michigan.


Ironwood - Silver City - Wakefield

This Western Upper Peninsula fall driving tour includes breathtaking vistas, country roads, waterfalls and a chance to walk on the Lake Superior shore. With ninety percent of the area forest covered, you are sure to be engulfed by a sea of reds, oranges, golds, and greens that tint the countryside from mid-September to early October. The colors outlined by the mountains, bluffs, and lakes form woodland rainbows around every bend.


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