Check out the suggested fall color driving routes that follow winding, two-lane roads to scenic spots, historic sites, small towns and recreation areas around the state. Bring the binoculars to wildlife viewing areas along the way, like Pigeon River Country State Forest, home to the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi, or spots in the Upper Peninsula where you might see free-ranging moose.
On the tamer side you can incorporate a visit to one of several romantic covered bridges, some of which are original 19th century structures. The oldest, White’s Covered Bridge over the Flat River in Ionia County, dates to 1867. Several newer covered bridges recall the early transportation era; most are in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula. Plan a shoreline tour to see some of Michigan’s 115 Great Lakes lights and lighthouses; you can even stay at a choice of lighthouse Bed & Breakfast inns overlooking Lake Superior.