Peak Color for October 15-21, 2021

Fall color is advancing as autumn secures its place in Michigan—the trees are lit up with bright yellows, oranges and reds all across our state. Colors are peaking in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The rugged shores of Lake Superior and the elevational changes throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula provide the perfect backdrop for a range of outdoor activities. Scenic drives, exceptional mountain-biking, expansive ATV trails, countless hiking opportunities, and spectacular waterfalls make the Keweenaw Peninsula perfect for your fall escape.
 
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Hiking in Michigan's Upper Peninsula | Courtesy of Instagram Fan @bohemianskygirl

Brockway Mountain Drive is consistently ranked as one of the top scenic drives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In fact, it is included in the Fox News article featuring “The Best Scenic Drives For Fall Color in America And When to Go.” Brockway Mountain Drive is reported to be the highest paved point between the Rockies and the Alleghenies. There are several lookout points along the way that offer panoramic views of Lake Superior and surrounding forests. Right now, the maples are turning from green to yellow, gold, and vibrant orange, filling the forests with more color each day.

Specific Keweenaw locations will peak at different times, with Copper Harbor and Isle Royale peaking a bit later than areas farther south. The next few weeks will be full of changing fall colors that you won't want to miss! For more information about planning your trip, visit: www.keweenaw.info/ten-ways-to-experience-fall-color-in-the-keweenaw/

Sault Ste. Marie, in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, is very close to peak. Right now, the area has about 75 percent prime color and is expecting peak colors within the week. The downtown Soo area has many trees that are peaking, with bright red maples easy to spot. Driving westward along the Curly Lewis Highway is one of the most colorful experiences in the region. That highway should peak within the week as well.

Alger County has peak color now. The Munising-Pictured Rocks area is also at peak this week; however, some of the area’s trees have already past peak. Still, the area continues to offer a beautiful drive throughout the prime viewing window.

Though many of the scarlet maples of Dickinson County have begun dropping their golden leaves, many others are just now coming into color. Aspens and poplars are turning to yellows and golds, too. The tamaracks are just beginning to transform into stunning golden tones also. Peak in and around Dickinson County is anticipated to arrive this coming weekend (October 15-17).

Manistique is less than one week from spectacular colors. While Marquette County has already passed peak. However, if you’re in the area this weekend, you’ll want to check out the Ghosts of Lighthouse Point event.

The Oscoda area is one to two weeks from peak saturation. This coming weekend is the perfect time to take that long-awaited crisp air walk with breathtaking views throughout Oscoda and the surrounding area. Be sure to check out The Sunrise Side Top 5 when planning your next east central Michigan fall getaway. Don’t wait too long—peak color is just around the bend!
 
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 Boyne Highlands | Courtesy of Instagram Fan @sara_dolmetsch
 
Peak for Petoskey and Charlevoix are one to two weeks away, while the Cadillac region is less than one  week. After another balmy and wet week, the colors here haven't changed much over the last several days. This week was originally projected for peak color, but the area is just not there yet, which is good news for those who have not yet come to explore the Cadillac region! Temperatures are coasting downward as the region heads into the weekend, which should spur more color progression. Be sure to check out the area’s two new color routes to hit all the destinations for fall fun! With Halloween now just around the corner, it is a great time to pick up U-pick pumpkins and gourds for your doorsteps!

Whitehall, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart, Mount Pleasant, Saugatuck-Douglas, and the communities of the Southwestern Michigan are reporting to be one to two weeks from prime color.
 
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Huron River | Courtesy Ann Arbor CVB
 
Leaf color saturation for most Southeastern Michigan communities is reported to be between 26-50 percent, with prime viewing to be as much as two weeks away. Ann Arbor gained the nickname “Tree Town” as a result of its dense woodlands, its 150+ area parks and its tree-lined streets. Fall is one of the best times to visit. Within the city of Ann Arbor, Huron Parkway, Geddes Road and Dixboro Road are known for having great colorful foliage views. Old US-12 also offers picturesque views from Chelsea through Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti.

No fall trip is complete without cider and doughnuts. Wiard’s Orchard (Ypsilanti), Dexter Cider Mill, Alber Orchard (Manchester) and Wasem Fruit Farm (Milan) will all satisfy your craving for fresh-pressed cider and warm doughnuts—with plenty of apple trees and pumpkin patches for U-pick adventures.

Before you plan your fall getaway to Tree Town, check out their Fall Guide To The Ann Arbor Area. Peak color is expected to reach the area in one to two more weeks.
 
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7 Monks Taproom | Courtsy of Instrgram Fan  @7monkstc

Handcrafted Flavor

From the Lake Michigan shore to the Sunrise Coast, from the Upper Peninsula to the state line, you can enjoy award-winning craft beverages. The craft beer craze is sweeping Michigan and it is clear the mitten was made for handcrafting some of the best brews in the land. The Great lakes State is home to Beer City USA—Grand Rapids— as well as several other great Pure Michigan beer-centric communities. Isn’t it time you checked out our beer scene for yourself? Our eccentric handcrafted-flavor journey offers a prime colorful fall experience.

Autumn’s Tasty Delights

There’s is nothing better than a weekend filled with apple-picking, cider, donuts and good old fashion fun at Michigan farms, orchards and cider mills.  Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonagold—be sure to always shop local for these favorite Michigan apple varieties for your pies, coffee cakes, strudel and chutney. And if these aren’t enough tantalizing reasons to get you headed to your favorite apple market, we’d like to add one more reason for your visit—apple picking for wine lovers.

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Crane Orchards | Courtesy of Midwest Living magazine


Colorful Fall Events

The excitement of Michigan events continues all year long with Pure Michigan. Get the details on upcoming a small sampling of fall events happening over the next week and join the fun. Build your next getaway around one of these autumn events.

Pumpkin Weekends on the Farm
Now thru October 24, 2021
Harbor Springs

Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch @ Stickley Family Farms
Now thru October 24, 2021
Colon
 
Fall Zoo-tacular
Now thru October 24, 2021
Lansing

Great Lakes Ghoul Golf
Now thru October 26, 2021
Grand Rapids
 
 
Pumpkin Train
Now thru October 30, 2021
Coopersville

Crane Orchards Corn Mazes
Now thru October 31, 2021
Fennville


Harvest Festival
October 15-17, 2021
Holly

Spooky StoryWalk
October 20, 2021
Eaton Rapids
 
Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 22, 2021
Howell


Spooktacular Night Out
October 22, 2021
Muskegon

Murder Mystery Weekend
October 22- 24, 2021
Mackinac Island

Boo Bash Kids' Night Out
October 23, 2021
Grand Rapids

Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.

Featured Destinations, Deals & Packages

Michigan getaways and vacations are simply top notch and great vacation packages can always easily be found with help from Pure Michigan! Fall is the perfect time to plan a girlfriends’ getaway package, a brewery tour plus a hotel deal, or a romantic escape that includes discounted dining and spa services. Ready to find your Michigan deal or vacation package? Be sure to check out this month’s Pure Michigan Featured Deals, where you’ll find great specials for golf, lodging, dining, festivals, grand events, wineries & brewery tours and spa services at destinations all across the state. Or, to customize your getaway by activity, check out the Pure Michigan Destination Finder.

Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.