Peak Color for October 11-17, 2019
Michigan’s fall color show is coming to the forefront with bright yellows, brilliant golds and bold oranges. As temperatures continue to fall, Pure Michigan is your destination for fun and lively seasonal excitement.
If you're hoping to make a trip to the Upper Peninsula any time soon, this may be the week to do it. The region is reporting 76 to 100 percent color saturation and most counties are at or within one week of peak conditions. However, some areas in the Western UP may be a little past peak by this weekend.
From Ironwood to Marquette, viewers will find great color along the routes around Lake Gogebic and west of Marquette around Lake Michigamme. Marquette Country is illuminated with fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. The universally- accessible Thomas Rock lookout, above the picturesque village of Big Bay offers a nice birds-eye view of the area. This small community, tucked away between the Huron Mountains and Lake Superior, is a great base camp for accessing miles of recreational trails and questing for the area’s numerous waterfalls.
For St. Ignace, Baraga County and much of the Eastern UP, leaf peepers will find good color this weekend. However, much of the foliage along Lake Superior is changing slower and still showing a mix of green.
In Northern Lower Michigan, color is emerging quickly. For Grand Traverse Bay, pops of color are spreading from the inland areas to the coasts, making it an ideal time to enjoy scenic routes like M-22 around the Leelanau Peninsula. Stop in at Rove Estate Winery, the highest point in Leelanau County---which provides a beautiful overlook for taking in the colors. Tour the Traverse Wine Coast and take time to explore about 30 different wineries. Many have tasting rooms and host events throughout the harvest season.
On Old Mission Peninsula, follow Center Road up the middle of the peninsula for sights of West and East Grand Traverse Bay. See orchards abundant with fall fruits and make your selection at roadside farm stands on your way to Mission Point Lighthouse.
Petoskey is home to one of the nation’s best fall foliage drives. M-119 starts at the north end of town, becoming the Tunnel of Trees north of Harbor Springs. The narrow road snakes 20 miles along a Lake Michigan bluff, making sharp turns at Devil’s Elbow and Horseshoe Bend. Hardwoods lean into the road, where their overlapping crowns form a colorful canopy of color over the pavement.
This coming weekend, you’ll find good color along interior routes near Gaylord and Cadillac. The cooler mornings are making for a nice transition to fantastic fall sights and sounds. Cadillac’s color routes two and three offer some of the area’s best scenery of the season. The area will hit peak during this weekend or next-- weather dependent. Charlevoix, Houghton Lake, and Clare County anticipate peak conditions in one to two weeks.
NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULAPlan a tour of the Northwest Lower Peninsula. Known as Michigan’s Sunrise Coast, the route travels from Lake Huron's shore through a stunning stand of virgin forest, with lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. Locals recommend the drive up to the Presque Isle lighthouses, which is just stunning. The maples are fire red and more are turning by the day.
Traveling along Lake Huron's shore, past splendid fall foliage, also provides great opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. The Alpena area is dotted with lighthouses along the shore.
Follow M-32 west of Alpena and take in the breathtaking colors as you head toward the Pigeon River Country State Forest and Elk Range. Head to Thunder Bay Resort for an Elk-Viewing Dinner Ride through a 160-acre elk preserve on a carriage pulled by Belgian draft horses to the Elk Antler Log Cabin for a gourmet dinner.
Heading west of Grayling, viewers will find good color; east of town the transformation is spotty at this time. CR-612 from Frederic to Kalkaska is hilly with nice colors, as well as M-72 from Grayling to Kalkaska. The North East region will peak in one to two weeks.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Mount Pleasant Area, White Lake Area, Holland and Frankenmuth as well as most East and West Central Michigan communities are reporting color saturation at 26-50 percent, with peak conditions anticipated to overtake the landscape in one or two weeks.
SOUTHWEST and SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Southwestern Michigan’s Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties have touches of color throughout the region. The trees are just starting to pop with jeweled-toned fall colors. Fall is a good time to experience the quiet shores of Lake Michigan and the area’s craft wines, beers, ciders and spirits along the Makers Trail.
Now that the weather has turned to fall around Ann Arbor, the leaves are just beginning to follow suit. This coming weekend, visitors to the area can enjoy the autumn breeze at Dexter Fall Fest in historic downtown Dexter. Or stock up on sweater supplies at the Fall Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor.
Michigan’s Southwest and Southeast regions will see peak color in one to two weeks.
#FallFilter FRIDAYSShare your Pure Michigan autumn experiences with us on Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to include #FallFilter to share your adventures with our Pure Michigan social community. Each Friday, we’ll select five of our favorite fall photos tagged with #FallFilter and feature them in a story on the @puremichigan Instagram account.
The following stories will also provide great ideas for the perfect Pure Michigan fall excursion:
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Fall Fishing in Michigan: Your Ultimate Guide
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Great Fall ActivitiesFall is not just for jeweled tones leaves, breathtaking shore scenery or plash vineyard tours, it’s packed with festivals, hayrides and balloon rides, corn mazes, pub crawls and tasting tours. You’ll find the season perfect for foot races and rowing challenges, spookfests, food fests and murder mysteries. In Michigan, there's a festival for just amount everything.
Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project by Joseph Zettelmaier
Now thru October 20, 2019
Haunted Lighthouse Weekend
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Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
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S'more Festival at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
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Boo at the Zoo
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Guided Art Park Color Tour
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An Evening With The Iconic Kenny G
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M60 Corn Maze
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Pure Michigan Autumn IPA Tap Event
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Deals & Packages near this Week's Peak Color
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. Check out this month’s Featured Deals & Packages. Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.