Fall’s annual color show across much of the Upper Peninsula is now past peak; however, there are still some good viewing opportunities near St. Ignace and the eastern UP.
Fall color is beginning to quicken its spread across Michigan’s Northwest communities and now is a good time to head to visit the region view the season color display in all its glory. In Traverse City, there’s dusky purple in the ash trees and warm gold in the walnuts, while the cottonwood trees near the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the Leelanau Peninsula are turning a bright buttery yellow now, and the honey locusts are a warm gold. There’s even some early red, gold and russet appearing in a few oaks as well good viewing conditions just north and east of Traverse City in the Chain of Lakes area, but full peak color is still at least a week away in most parts of the Traverse Bay region.
Along Michigan’s Sunrise Coast, viewers will see splendid color along the River Road National Scenic By-way as well as aboard up and down the river aboard the AuSable River Queen paddleboat. The area is reporting 75 percent tree saturation, with peak one to two weeks away.
It is as if a paint brush loaded with brilliant golden tones of various intensities has been dappled across the Alcona County countryside. Against this backdrop, viewers will find occasional splashes of the flaming orange maples or the vivacious red Sumac, or yellow birch and beech trees. The AuSable Vista overlook on Bamfield Road west of Glennie offers some of the area’s most vivid colors. The area has peak conditions.
Most of West Central Michigan is showcasing magnificent bronze tints across the region, with peak conditions one to two weeks away.
Displaying a full spectrum of brilliant fall color, the Mt. Pleasant area has reached peak conditions with nearly 75 percent area trees having already changed.
Conditions in the Grand Rapids area and other communities throughout Kent County have begun to change rapidly. Peak should hit the area in one to two weeks.
Midland has a bounty of vibrant reds, dazzling yellows, and warm golden and bronze colored trees. The area is experiencing peak this week, but you’ll want to plan a visit to Chippewa Nature Center and Dow Gardens, which provide some of the area’s best last-season color.
Peak color has graced Saginaw County with a beautiful color show. Best viewing this upcoming weekend includes a boat trip through the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge on a Johnny Panther Quest Adventure trip. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to capture all of the beauty all along the Saginaw, Tittabawassee, Flint, Bad and Cass rivers. In Frankenmuth, locals suggest a trip on the Bavarian Belle riverboat to see the colors along the Cass River, or take a casual train ride at Junction Valley Railroad. Other popular color tours includes driving along M-46, M-47,or M-53 off I-75 to get a glimpse of the area’s fantastic fall glory. The Frankenmuth Brewery, located along the Cass River provides an excellent spot to dine outside as you savor the wonderful colors along the river.
The cooler temperatures and rain over the weekend has Michigan's Southwest 35 percent in vibrant reds, yellows, crimsons and russet along the shores of Lake Michigan. St. Joseph’s Lake Bluff Park offers a scenic overlook of the Lake Michigan shoreline and has good color against a backdrop of fountains and monuments.
Saugatuck and Douglas are both at about 50 to 75 percent color saturation among its varied tree population with colors ranging pale cream to vibrant crimson. Travelers to the area this week will find lots of vibrant colors along the shoreline and at Dune State Park. There’re also, beautiful colors along country roads leading to Cranes Orchards and Fenn Valley Vineyards. Peak conditions are one to two week away.
This week, visitors to South Haven will find the downtown area a virtual yellow haze of exploding locust trees with Lake Michigan as its backdrop. However, the area’s best color can be seen northeast of downtown along the back roads that take you pass the pumpkin and apple orchards, corn mazes, wineries and farm markets. This is where the brightest leaves can be found on the maples and oaks, which look as if their tips have been dipped in yellow, crimson, gold, and red paints. The trees are approaching 50 percent saturation and peak is one to two weeks away.
The Jackson County area is at 26-50 percent color saturation and peak is anticipated to be one to two week away. Maples are gearing up for full color explosion soon, as are area oaks.
Must-See Upper Peninsula Fall Color Views
When the leaves are turning, as they are now, the Upper Peninsula is loaded with beautiful fall color. And one of the unique things about the Marquette area is the vast number of scenic vistas scattered around the county. Come along this journey with featured blogger as Jesse Land describes seven scenic locations in the Upper Peninsula where visitors can take in the blazing autumn colors.
Fall Takes Center Stage
Use the fall travel peak-season map and the current fall-color report to guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall vacation. Look through the Michigan Fall Color Tours on michigan.org to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle.
Fall is the best time to savor quiet pleasures at beaches, fine restaurants, farm markets and art galleries. Bite into fresh produce at farmers markets across the state. Discover places to relax and reconnect; take a deep breath of crisp, Pure Michigan autumn air.
The peak color map and the fall color information at the links below will guide you toward the best time to view Michigan's fall-color show.
Michigan Fall Color Tours
Pure Michigan Fall Ads
Autumn Getaway Packages near This Week's Peak Color Region
Need a last-minute weekend getaway? Looking for a cheap cottage vacation package? You're sure to find the perfect Michigan vacation package to save money for the day or to help extend your stay with Pure Michigan. Let us help you with some suggestions for fall getaway packages that you can take advantage of this week.
Pedal, Paddle & Pour Package
Lake 'N Pines Lodge
Now thru October 26, 2013
Experience the beautiful Crystal River and Glen Arbor Area by canoe, kayak or bike. Spend the day pedaling through the winding trails around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or paddle your way down the gentle flowing water of Crystal River as you explore this picturesque area. Afterwards enjoy lunch overlooking the Crystal River and then a wine tasting and take home a special bottle of local wine. Finish the evening with dinner at one of the Grand Traverse microbreweries. Package includes two nights’ accommodations, full made-to-order breakfast each morning, $50 dinner certificate to local brewery, one rental from Crystal River Outfitters, wine tasting and credit of up to $20 at the M-22 Store, credit of up to $30 for lunch at River Front Pizza, and choice of two Lake ‘N Pines Lodge wine glasses or two beer mugs. Rates start at $429 and will vary depending on day and type of room reserved.
Pure Ludington: 50% Off Second Night Stay this Fall
Local hotels, motels and inns are offering 50% off a second night stay on weekdays
Now thru October 31, 2013
Autumn in Pure Ludington is a magical time of year. As the fast pace of summer begins to slow, fall creates a hidden treasure on the shores of Lake Michigan that we like to call Pure Ludington. Arches of orange, red and yellow paint the otherwise evergreen landscape and perfectly complement the sparkling blue waters of the lakes they surround. An outdoor enthusiast couldn't ask for a more beautiful backdrop for exciting adventures like golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing. Autumn rings in a value season for accommodations and a more relaxed setting to enjoy the nice temperatures of Mason County. Come feel, taste and see all things that make Pure Ludington, pure fall fun.
Outdoor Adventure Awaits You
Packages start at $129 per room
Now thru October 31, 2013
Looking for a great location to enjoy the great outdoors and beautiful autumn colors? Nestled in the Manistee National Forest, the Cadillac area features numerous hiking, biking and nature trails and some of the best fall foliage around. Our Outdoor Adventure Package includes overnight accommodations, hot breakfast buffet, a snack bag to take with you on your journey, maps of the local trails and sightseeing locations--plus one $15 food voucher per person.
The Call of Fall-- South Haven Area Getaways
South Haven and Van Buren County
Great South Haven getaway packages
Now thru November 15, 2013
If you thought summer was great in the South Haven area, wait ‘til you hear what’s in store for fall. Take advantage of fabulous lodging packages and specials at historic B&B’s, resorts, hotels and vacation rentals. Savor fall harvest festivals, wineries, shopping, galleries, biking, hiking and more all month long. Plus—you won’t want to miss out on the activities of South Haven's Women’s Only Weekend, November 8-10. Fall is the perfect time to visit. Check out our complete events calendar then book your stay today.
Fall in Love with Wine Lover’s Weekend
Thunder Bay Resort
25% Savings -- Taste the flavors of the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail
Now thru November 24, 2013
Are you looking for a great girls’ getaway, couple’s retreat or exciting weekend with friend? Then, we invite you to sample the fun during Wine Lover’s Weekend. Taste 18 handcrafted-wines from five distinctive wineries featured on Michigan’s popular Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail. Whether wine expert or novice, everyone will enjoy the festivities and fun as certified sommeliers and/or winery owners guide you through three fabulous days and two amazing nights of wine jubilation.
Trout Creek Condominium Resort
$77 per person per night in a one-bedroom fully furnished condo
Now thru November 30, 2013
Are you planning your 2nd honeymoon or great fall getaway with friends? Then, the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area is the place to go for great fall deal. Enjoy this beautiful fall season as you bike or drive through the famous Tunnel of Trees, hike on our trails or take a leisurely bike ride on the 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway Bike Path along Lake Michigan. Stroll through the resort towns of Petoskey and Harbor Springs and enjoy unique shopping and dining. Take in a round or two of golf on the many nearby championship courses. Three night minimum applies. Based on double occupancy, price includes all taxes and fees.
Traverse City Fab Fall Special
Now thru December 20, 2013
Fall is a stunning time of year to walk along the beach, do some early holiday shopping in our charming, tree-lined downtown, take in a round of championship golf, tour and taste your way through nearly 40 wineries, or just take a color-tour drive and take in some of the most spectacular autumn scenery you'll find anywhere. And with our Fab Fall special, you’ll save even more. To receive Fab Fall special rates and coupon offers, you must book your stay at one of the Fab Fall participating hotels.
Spoil Your Sweetie at CityFlats Hotel
CityFlats Hotel & CityVu Bistro
Now thru December 31, 2013
Spoil your sweetie by adding a romance basket to your room reservation for $49. Basket includes a bottle of champagne, stemless champagne flutes to take home with you and chocolate truffles. A 48-hour advance notice is required for the romance basket. Room rate will vary depending on room selection and weekday/weekend stay.
Festival Highlights near This Week's Peak Color Region
The Great ZooBoo
Now thru October 27, 2013
Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo's popular Halloween event, The Great ZooBoo, is just around the corner and is better than ever. Start planning for the perfect Halloween costume and wind your way through a dedicated trick-or-treat trail.
Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
Now thru October 27, 2013
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the Headless Horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family.
Manistee Ghost Ship
October 18-19 and 25-26
Beware. Ghosts and ghouls lurk in dark corners to frighten patrons as they wander the SS City of Milwaukee –and its five decks of ghoulish and frightening haunting surprises.
Peak2Peak Mountain Festival
October 18-20, 2013
Join mountain bike racers and enthusiasts at Crystal Mountain for a weekend of bike racing and festivities with first-class mountain bike racing, great food, Michigan-made beer, and popular musicians from the Traverse City area for a weekend of outdoor fun, music and competition surrounded by the autumn colors of northern Michigan.
October 19, 2013
There’s a reason GrooveWalk is known as the coolest night in town. Just purchase a wristband in advance for $10 or at the door for $15 to experience the greatest night of live music downtown Holland has ever seen. Your wristband gets you into all 11 venues to see 11 different bands performing live. Take a “groove walk” or ride the GrooveXpress bus--with on-board entertainment.
Downtown Halloween Walk
October 25, 2013
October closes with a parade of little ghosts and goblins as downtown Traverse City hosts costume clad children and their parents to trick or treat at participating stores throughout the downtown area.
18th Annual Mackinac Island Great Turtle Half Marathon
October 26, 2013
Take in Mother Nature’s annual fall color show by foot, bicycle, horseback or carriage, when you visit Mackinac Island this fall. Enjoy the last weekend of the season and participate in the 18th Annual Mackinac Island Great Turtle Half Marathon or 5.7 mile run and walk, October 26.
October 26, 2013
The Zombie Run has become a Traverse City favorite since its creation in 2009 and is well on its way to becoming a Halloween tradition. The race begins and ends at Right Brain Brewery’s new location on 16th Street. Costumes are encouraged but never required.
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