Peak Color for October 19, 2018

Magnificent colors are lighting up our forests, hills, parks, golf courses, shorelines and backyards in one of the greatest shows nature has to offer. This weekend is full of color and filled with an abundance of family fun.
 
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Along Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, viewers will find many of the leaves near the Twin Lakes area have started to fall. However, approaching the Copper Harbor area on US- 41, there’s still nice color as well as the area around the Peninsula’s Brockway Mountain. This coming weekend, viewers will find fall colors are at their best near Lac Labelle and Mount Bohemia with over 12 miles of biking trails.  

St. Ignace and Mackinac County are at the end of the peak color season. But, there’s still plenty of beautiful color throughout the area. If you’re in the Sault Ste. Marie area, the time is now! The trees are at their peak—exploding throughout the area with brilliant reds, oranges, yellows.  Some of the best places to see the fall foliage would be Mission Hill Overlook, Point Iroquois Light Station, or Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise.
 
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Newberry and other communities across the Upper Peninsula are all at or past peak conditions. Therefore, color seekers are advised to travel within the next week for best viewing. According to locals…for those that know the area, “you really can’t go wrong with color viewing once you cross the Mighty Mac.” In fact, the area has won a notable recognition as the Best Destination for Fall Foliage.
 
Manistee County is on the cusp of peaking. Inland is a sea of gold and red, while the coastal region is bronze and yellow. Typically, inland tends to peak first, and that is the case this year. If you're in the area and looking for the best color routes, take the Inland Fall Color Self-Guided Tour. Wind through the Huron-Manistee National Forests and take a break to get lost in the Douglas Valley Winery corn maze while sipping hot cider. If you're in town over the weekend and are feeling the Halloween spirit, you’ll want to check out the Manistee's Ghost Ship at the S.S. City of Milwaukee, open every Friday and Saturday throughout October.

Cadillac Area color seekers will experience the latter half of peak in the area this weekend. All four Cadillac area color routes are at peak--showing major contrasts along the roads and as you glide over the hilly countryside for at least one scenic valley view per route. Color reflecting off the area lakes provides a beautiful lakeshore drives along Lakes Cadillac, Mitchell and Missaukee. Peak color is here now.
   
This coming week, viewers will find Wexford County water routes--including the Pine and Manistee rivers—stunning breathtaking scenes as the leaves are swept up by the current and cascade down the rivers. Embrace the sound of serenity along the shoreline lined with ducks, deer or other wildlife. Head to the Cadillac area to experience Mother Nature's splendor in color and serenity.    Cadillac and most of Wexford County are at peak now. The leaves are holding, but don't wait too long… the show will end soon. Alpena, Benzie and Ludington are reporting good color with peak less than one away.

Trees are changing color rapidly along the West Michigan’s Lakeshore. Muskegon County roads and highways are showing good color (near or at peak saturation); however, leaves are beginning to fall in the Muskegon area. This week's cooler temperatures will speed up the color transition.

Peak color has arrived in Silver Lake Sand Dunes area. Drive the backroads of Oceana and Mason counties for excellent fall color viewing. The highways along Lake Michigan are expected to peak this weekend! Holland and White Lake Area are still one to two more weeks from peak viewing conditions.
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Families touring the Frankenmuth area this weekend will find hours of fun for the kids at the Frankenmuth Corn Maze, which includes five acres of corn stalks, and two and a half miles of twisting trails. Or, take time to pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween at Johnson's Giant Pumpkins. Golfers visiting the area will find stunning fall foliage throughout The Fortress Golf CoursePeak color is expected in the Midland, Bay City and Saginaw area in less than one week.

Trees along Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph are turning beautiful hues of yellow, orange and red. Be sure to meander over to Silver Beach and Tiscornia Beach for a beautiful view of waves crashing along the piers.

The maple and hickory trees alongside Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck are showing brilliant shades of reds, oranges and yellows, complimenting and brightening the way for fall shoppers and strollers. Michigan’s Southwest counties are one to two weeks from peak condition.

For the Ann Arbor area, fall colors are starting to take center stage. But, there’s much more than colorful foliage to the area in fall. There’s Big 10 football, historic orchards and autumnal dining. Fall is the perfect time to explore the sights, sounds and colors of the 120-acre Dexter-Huron Metro Park. To help you plan the perfect fun-filled fall getaway, here are some not-to-be-missed Ann Arbor activities and attractions--including cider mills, scenic routes, coffee houses and more! Peak conditions are one to two weeks away for Ann Arbor and all of South East Michigan.
 

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Michigan’s Scenic Rustic Barns
 
Michigan’s historic barns—a picturesque array of historic buildings with colorful autumn leaves as a backdrop, always make beautiful photos. Tree-lined roads winding pass lush farmlands, golden harvest-ready fields and peaceful homesteads. As the vibrant fall season transitions quietly into winter, beautiful snow-capped barns decorate a mesmerizing country landscape. Check out some of these historic structures from the lens of a landscape photographer.

Creepy Noises, Eerie Sounds and Mystifying Accounts 
 
Take a journey into some of the most haunted places in Michigan! From lighthouses to restaurants, and from hotels to cemeteries—even a prison—there are some fairly mysterious places that have a supernatural past across the state. Interested in all things paranormal—keep reading! We have Six Haunted Places for you to explore.

Fall the Perfect Time for an Eastern Upper Peninsula Getaway
With hidden lakes, the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, fresh local fare and trails galore, Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula is a traveler's ultimate—and yet still accessible escape—any time of the year. From high peaks and low valleys, to cool brews and mouth-watering pasties—its time you fall for Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula with our list of cool things to do.

Spectacular Fall Events
 
If you’re looking for fun things to do this fall, it’s time you make plans to visit one of our many fairs, festivals, cultural or sporting events. These events celebrate, the fun-loving spirit you’ll find here. See a small sampling of what’s happening right now...
 
Haven Harvest Festival
Now thru October 21, 2018
South Haven
 
Hallowe'en Haunts
Now thru October 26, 2018
Holland
 
Harvest Festival
Now thru October 28, 2018
Oxford
 
The Hunt for the Reds of October
Now thru October 31
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
 
Haunted Mill
October 20-28, 2018
Portland
 
YpsiGLOW
October 26, 2018
Ypsilanti

Mackinac Island Halloween Weekend
October 26-28, 2018
Mackinac Island
 
Halloween in Saugatuck
October 26-28, 2018
Saugatuck
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Boos, Brews, and Brats
October 27, 2018
Manistee
 
Zombie Run
October 27, 2018
Traverse City
 
Downtown Farmers Market Trick or Treating
October 27, 2018
Marquette
 
Halloween Ice Show
October 28, 2018
Muskegon
 
Trunk 'R' Treat in the Village
October 31, 2018
Bay Harbor
 
Halloween Trick-Or-Treat
October 31, 2018
Saint Joseph
 
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.

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.
 
Be sure to extend your fall weekend with one of our deals and packages