The fall color show in the state’s Upper Peninsula is reaching its peak, with many state parks in the region reporting significant color development.
Luce County locals suggest a fall drive to Crisp Point Lighthouse via CR-500 to CR-412 for excellent color this coming weekend. Other good fall road trips include the drive from Newberry to Whitefish Point via M-123 with a stop at the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Colors along this stretch of highway can be strikingly impressive. About 10 miles north of Newberry on M-123, you’ll run into Skyline Drive, which is a very stunning stretch of road in the fall. Through the area, you’ll find beautiful maples and oaks dressed in breathtaking red hues.
In Escanaba and throughout Delta County, fall colors are slowly starting to show along the lake shore. The oaks further inland have begun to turn bright red, with some birch trees beginning to transform to a bright yellow.
Nearly all areas of the Upper Peninsula are reporting color change from 20-60% and many trees have turned vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow. Peak conditions are expected in two or less weeks.
Most color in the Traverse Bay region is among the climbing crimson-colored Virginia creeper vines and scarlet-colored low shrubs like the staghorn sumac. Red maples are beginning to show brilliant crimson color, especially at the edge of the forest, while sugar maples -- the workhorses of the fall color season in Traverse City -- are starting to glow with reds, oranges and gold. The cottonwood trees near the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the Leelanau Peninsula are turning a bright buttery yellow now and the honeylocusts are a warm gold. Prime viewing is only a week or two away in most parts of the Traverse Bay region. Peak conditions should arrive within the next two week.
For the rest of the Northwest Lower Peninsula region, expect peak conditions to occur in early October in the inland areas and mid-October near the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Alcona is reporting a tinge of red on the maples and the subtle yellow glow on the Aspens. Locals suggest a trip to the Ocqueoc Falls which is especially picturesque setting this time of year. Peak conditions are still one to two weeks away.
The Sunrise Coast is reporting yellow Aspens and red and gold maples. The drive up US-23 North toward the Presque Isle Lighthouses is reported to have stunning fall color that is expected to stay around for a few more weeks. Color saturation is at 26-50% and peak is expected to arrive in one or two more weeks.
Nearly 25% of the trees of the Mount Pleasant area have started to turn vibrant shades of orange, red, bronze and yellow. Peak color is one or two weeks away.
Trees in Midland County are just starting to show dazzling reds, oranges, yellows and gold. A few along country roads have more than 50% color change, but the majority of the trees in the area are still in the 25% to 50% range. Peak is expected in three or four weeks.
About 20-25% of trees in Saginaw County are starting to turn colors. Locals recommend a boat trip aboard the Bavarian Belle to see the trees changing along the Cass River, or aboard the Appledore Tall Ship or on the Princess Wenonah or the Islander to get a view of the beautiful colors along the Saginaw River. Driving along county roads and north on M-52 will also provide great photo options this coming week.
Viewers are likely to catch a glimpse of Holland’s gold aspens and bronze hickory on framing the road ways and dotting the countryside on the way to local farmer's market—now brimming with the freshest produce and roundest pumpkins. A fall color tour through West Michigan beachtowns is a must-do and you’ll want to be sure to include a stop at wineries and breweries –especially the New Holland Brewing Co. for a glass of traditional pumpkin ale. Color saturation is estimated to be at 25% and peak is expected to be no more than two week away.
Virginia creepers are making a spectacular showing this week in Jackson County. Expect good color in roadside sumacs and along rural roads in the area. This coming week, visitors to the area will see a slight change among the maples and oaks; however, the real show is still expected to be least three to four weeks away.
Across the rest of the Lower Peninsula, color ranges between 30- 50%. Look for peak color development to arrive within the last two week of October.
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
Tailgate in Style … in an RV
Football season is here, and with each game there’s an opportunity to throw an amazing tailgating party. Whether you are supporting the local team or your favorite college, hosting the ultimate tailgate is easy if you follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Go in style. RVs are the big ticket when it comes to game time, taking tailgating to a whole new level. There is no need to worry about your ice melting, trying to find a clean restroom, or looking for a place to cook your meals. Everything is right within your reach.
Step 2: Show your team spirit! Dress yourself and your tailgating site with school colors or team merchandise.
Step 3: Feed your fellow football fans with quick and simple recipes, or fun football-themed foods. For ideas, check out the tailgating board on MARVAC’s Pinterest page.
Step 4: Watch the pre-game show on your RV’s TV. Some models even have a TV mounted outside, perfect for parties.
Plan your next tailgating party by exploring the RVs at the MARVAC Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, October 2-6, in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace. For details, Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC).
Fall 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.
Tunnel of Trees Fall Special
Now thru October 18, 2013
Planning a fall getaway to Michigan’s "Tunnel of Trees" and lodge with us for only $89 per night and receive discount certificates for wine tastings and dining at nearby establishments. Brilliant colors, warm hospitality and great value await you in northern Michigan this fall.
Colorful Days. Cooler Nights: Fall Golf at SCR
Shanty Creek Resorts
Now thru October 20, 2013
The days are getting shorter. Nights are crisp. Fall has arrived at Shanty Creek Resorts. With reds, yellows and oranges dotting the scenery, fall golf on Shanty Creek's four championship courses is a spectacular experience. Come stay and play at Shanty Creek--one of the "Top Golf Resorts in the World" as named by Condè Nast Traveler--and take advantage of the Player's Choice Unlimited Golf Package, starting at $124 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
Fall Resort Lodging
Crystal Mountain Resort
Now thru October 31, 2013
Experience the full spectrum of autumnal beauty in northern Michigan at Crystal Mountain. Build your own adventure when you receive a $25 Resort Credit during your one-night stay, good toward our championship courses, award-winning Crystal Spa, scenic chairlift ride, Michigan's only Alpine Slide, mountain biking and more. Enjoy complimentary amenities including family activities, fitness center, group fitness classes, tennis and indoor pool. Discover northern Michigan's quaint towns. Indulge in local flavors at nearby wineries. Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Festival Highlights Near This Week's Peak Color Region
Smoky barbecue wafts through the air and caramel on apples stick to the teeth of patrons wandering over to pick up a cold brew from Short's Brewing company. Hop on a chairlift ride for a lush view of the fiery fall colors illuminating Shanty Creek or keep the family entertained with kids' games.
5th Annual Skitoberfest
October 4- 5, 2013
Join us to kick off the coming snowsports season and celebrate the best of fall in an Oktoberfest style setting. Staged in the Village at Boyne Mountain, the entire village comes alive with great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances of all sorts, plus fun for all ages. Admission is FREE; tickets are sold for food, brews and most activities. Activities include a rail jam, ski swap, free rides on the six-place chairlift, parade, dancing in the streets, art, drama and other great family fun.
Shanty Creek's Octoberfest
Shanty Creek Resorts
October 5, 2013
Shanty Creek’s Octoberfest will include a farmers market and craft fair, live music, outdoor BBQ, kids’ football games on the big screen, tailgate buffet chairlift rides, beer garden pumpkin decorating and music.
Fall Color Train Tour
October 5, 2013
Experience the blaze of fiery color displayed by the Michigan autumn on this relaxing train excursion. Once you arrive spend some time shopping the boutique stores, sightseeing or getting a bite to eat! Our Fall Color Tour is the best way to take in all that Michigan color-drenched landscape. This northern Michigan excursion runs from Cadillac to Boyne Falls.
Great Waters Festival
October 5-6, 2013
Head to St. Ignace to join the Crabby Apple Road Race; try your hand at The Great Pumpkin Roll; and enjoy the family-friendly activities at this popular fall extravaganza. Enjoy Made in Michigan crafts, artwork, food, beverages and live music. The Michigan Stilt Walker himself, Neil Sauter, will be with us again on Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Pat Harrison, the Lord of the Gourd, will demonstrate his fantastic carving skills for us on Sunday from 10am-3pm.
October 5 –October 27, 2013, Saturday & Sunday
Get ready for an old-fashioned fall farm weekend with all of your favorite activities. Take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins, enjoy donut snacks and apple cider, feed and pet the farm animals. There’s even a hay maze for younger children and a 4-acre corn maze for older youth and adults.
Get the Inside Scoop
Connect and get the inside scoop on where color is peaking at the Pure Michigan Connect blog. Take a minute to comment on the blog posts, or submit one of your own. Follow @PureMichiganon Twitter for the latest fall color news. Join the Pure Michigan Fan Page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest events in Michigan and talk to others with the same love for Michigan. Or, connect with Pure Michigan on your favorite social network for the latest travel ideas, insider tips, vacation deals and more.
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