Get ready for Michigan’s largest free show filled with dramatic scenery, colorful images and breathtaking views. It’s rated “G”, no tickets are needed and you can pick your own private vantage point or join a tour. Michigan’s annual burst of fall color is on the horizon and you won’t want to miss this annual phenomenon. Plan a weekend camping in one of our 97 state parks or book a special fall package at one of many locations across the state. Or plan a fall color driving tour – we have 27 you can choose from. For something different consider a balloon ride with professional pilots at the helm for a lofty panoramic experience. Stay on the ground for a fun fall color train ride or hike and enjoy the show.
Head for the Upper Peninsula and make a reservation for the Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Excursion that begins at Soo Junction just 15 miles east of Newberry. The trip includes a train ride and boat cruise with a stop at the falls for a nature hike. If you like to run on steam you can enjoy fall color tours with the Little River Railroad in Coldwater, the Southern Michigan Railroad Fall Color Tours from Tecumseh and the Coopersville & Marne Railway just 15 miles west of Grand Rapids in historic Coopersville that also offers the special Pumpkin Train with dates in September and October.
It’s up, up and away for fall color balloon rides that lift off throughout Michigan including Balloon Quest (Fenton), Westwind Balloon Company (Plymouth), Grand Traverse Balloons (Traverse City), Wicker Basket Balloon Center (Wixom) and Soaring High Balloon Adventure (Holland).
You can design your own fall color show by hiking Michigan trails via land or water. Choose from numerous trails and paths including the Shore to Shore Trail. The Michigan Trail Riders Association offers a 9 to 14 day fall color ride a kin to a wagon train for an equestrian experience (must have your own horse). If you want to keep your feet on the ground there are plenty of hiking trails including a part of the North Country Trail in Ottawa National Forest with a five mile hike along the Sturgeon River. Most of Michigan’s national and state parks and recreation areas offer hiking experiences for families and experienced backpackers as well as paddling and kayaking fun.
Looking for a relaxed and easy way to enjoy Michigan’s show of color? Choose from several packages including the Pure Michigan Fall Fun Package at Crystal Mountain or the Munro House B & B in Jonesville for a Southern Michigan Fall Color weekend to enjoy the Irish Hills and Old Sauk Trail. With 70 wineries and vineyards throughout the state you will be sure to find a fall package that includes wine tasting and more. The Harvest Wine Tour weekend includes a tour of four vineyards and a five course winemaker dinner (October 29-31) at The Homestead in Leelanau Peninsula.