Fall for Michigan

  • Fall Color Tour Map

    Fall Color Map

    Beginning mid-September and stretching through the end of October, the colors of autumn peak at varying times in the state. Use the fall travel peak season map and the current fall colors report to guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall vacation.

  • Fall signals its arrival with the slow turning of leaves. Michigan’s 19 million acres of woods crescendo into vibrant crimsons, oranges and golds, finally exploding in their annual blaze of color. And as nature heralds the season’s arrival, it’s an opportunity to live the words of Pulitzer Prize winning, one-time Michigan resident poet Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” 

    Welcome to fall in Pure Michigan. 

    The new season offers new experiences ― hiking or biking through brilliant tree tunnels, strolling still warm beaches, crunching into that perfect orchard apple, quenching your thirst with an autumn microbrew beer, watching a quintessential Indian summer sunset. Come celebrate the harvest while reflecting on nature’s bounty and beauty. Be part of the magical transformations of both season and spirit. 

    Discover how a Michigan fall makes all the difference. 

    To explore Pure Michigan's brilliant fall color tours, your journey begins hereSign up for your fall color updates. 


    Check out this weeks fall color report.

  • Kaleidoscopes of Color

    •  Fall drive along US-41 Copper Harbor. Courtesy of Midwest Living/Bob Stefko 
      Fall Color Tours

      See fall through kaleidoscopes of crimson, orange and gold. 

      Be amazed at billions of blazing trees. Be amazed at the stunning backdrop of autumnal panoramas against highways and coastlines. Be amazed at nature’s ability to reinvent itself season after season. So head out to the forests, trails and beaches this fall and let yourself be amazed.

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    Harvest Time

    •  Spicers Orchard, Fenton. Photo Courtesy of Dawn Dewar 
      Farms & Mills

      Taste fall--crunch into a crisp Michigan apple, indulge in a lush pear or savor the warm, earthy taste of a vine-ripened tomato. 

      Fall is nature’s time to share her abundant harvest. Share fruits and vegetables we pick ourselves. Share the fun of picking out the perfect pumpkin. Share smiles and family time. So pack the car, the kids, the dog and spend a weekend sharing the taste of fall.

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    Pickin' Up Good Libations

    •  Wine Country, Traverse City area. Courtesy of Traverse City Tourism 
      Wine, Beer & Spirit Trails 

      Nine wine trails. Hundreds of craft breweries. Soon to be discovered distilleries. 

      Michigan's wine, beer and spirit trails lead us to hand-crafted pours that excite the senses. Red, white and blush. Pale ales, IPAs, porters and stouts. Aging bourbon, vodka, rum, gin and applejack. So uncork the bottle, grab a growler and take a sip.

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    Call of the Wild

    •  Fall Hunting 
      Deer. Turkey. Bear. The calendar tells us the season, but turning leaves trigger our instincts. Whether camouflaged in tree stands or following our dog's leads, thousands of acres of prime hunting grounds put our skills to the test. From big game to small, fall calls us to the thrill of the hunt.

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    Horse of a Different Color

    •  North Central StateTrail. Courtesy of Midwest Living/John Noltner 

      Blaze your own trail on hundreds of miles of groomed trails--stateparks, rail-trails, off the beaten path. Through colors that don't come from a paint can. Through majestic strands of hardwoods where ancient spirits call to you and your steed. So saddle up and amble into an autumn sunset.

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    Off the Beaten Path

    •  Off the Beaten Path via ORV 

      Off-Road Vehicles 
      Hop on your ATV and set off on an autumn adventure. Tear it up on rugged terrain against the backdrop of fiery forests. Or take a laidback trip, feeling the warm sun break through crisp fall air. Plow up a whirlwind of swirling leaves. Go full throttle--get on your quad and ride!

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