Peak Color for October 29-November 4, 2021
Shortly the bold colors across our forests and woods will start to diminish and the bright reds and yellows along our trails and parks will become less vivid. The low-slanting rays of the sun turn the Great Lakes a deep turquoise blue, while U-pick farms and vineyards across the state explode with the ripe flavors of fall produce and locally-sourced wines. The curtain is about to fall on this year’s fall color extravaganza, but the passion and lure of the season linger on.
Grand Traverse Wine Country |Courtesy Traverse City Tourism
Peak color has passed in the Keweenaw, but there is still plenty of color to be seen. There has been a lot of sunshine mixed with rain which create dynamic clouds, perfect reflections in the water, and fantastic vivid rainbows. This is a lovely time to take a scenic drive in the Keweenaw. Brockway Mountain Drive is consistently ranked as one of the top scenic drives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There are several lookout points along the way that offer panoramic views of Lake Superior and surrounding forests. Pack your favorite flannels and sweaters and make your fall trip to the Keweenaw! For more information about planning your trip, visit: www.keweenaw.info/ten-ways-to-experience-fall-color-in-the-keweenaw/
For Sault Ste. Marie and the Eastern Upper Peninsula, a beautiful peak fall color season has also come to an end. However, there are still plenty of great sights to take in with many roadways still surrounded by bronze and crimson leaves. If you're hoping to gasp a last glance of fall color, locals recommend taking the Curly Lewis Memorial Highway westward from Sault Ste. Marie to Tahquamenon Falls. This is still one of the best times of the year to view the area’s magnificent waterfalls.
Fall RV color tour |Courtesy of MARVAC
Munising, Pictured Rocks and Marquette County have all passed peak color. While Manistique is displaying peak viewing now, where the last embers of color are flickering with the breezes coming off Lake Michigan. Fall is in its prime throughout the area, and it is spectacularly beautiful this year.
Leaf peepers traveling around Delta County will find peak color is in full swing, with trees showing incredible colors from Fayette to Escanaba. The best fall colors can be seen in Gladstone, Bark River, Harris, and north of Rapid River.
The warm temperatures on the Sunrise Coast have finally given in to the crisp cool air that makes the fall colors pop! In Oscoda, along the River Road Scenic Byway, the oaks and maples are at peak, providing a beautiful last act for the Fabulous Five Things to Do in Oscoda this Fall.
Viewers this weekend will find Charlevoix displaying stunning jewel-toned foliage throughout the area, with locals predicting to be less than one week from peak color transformation.
This is coming week is a good time to see the colors popping along Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. Colors have been delayed due to the warmer than usual weather. But a trip to the wineries in the region always provide the backdrop for a stunning fall color tour. The drive along M-22 in Leelanau and Benzie Counties is colorful and has the backdrop of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.
If in the Ludington area, you’ll find striking autumn color at the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The area creates an incredible setting with a scenic overlook of the lake. Viewers can take advantage of good camping options as well as an array of hiking and biking trails, plus fishing and kayaking. Now is an ideal time to explore the Ludington State Park with 21 miles of hiking and biking trails, or Cartier Park where the bike path is flanked by thousands of golden leaves. There is so much to explore all within a 10-mile radius from Downtown Ludington. Get in your car and head to the scenic overlook on South Lakeshore Drive, which provides a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the radiant fall colors.
Pentwater and many Northwest Michigan communities are at peak now. Although viewers will find areas closest to the Lake Michigan shore are slower than interior areas to turn. Mount Pleasant has peak viewing now. Here, you’ll find spectacular color at city parks, golf courses and along area hiking and biking trails.
The Ravines |Courtesy of Instagram Fan @ravines_golf_club
Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck-Douglas and St. Joseph are reporting to be one to two weeks from peak viewing conditions. Halloween weekend will be the perfect time for a drive along the Lake Michigan in Michigan's Great Southwest to see beautiful shades of red, purple, orange and yellow.
It is peak color season in the Ann Arbor area. Huron River Drive, between downtown and Dexter, is an ideal place to view the season's splendor. Delhi Metropark, located along the drive, features 52 acres of beautiful oak trees.
To the west of Ann Arbor, visit Sharon Mills County Park in Manchester, a 264-acre park with a 3.8-mile mountain bike trail along the mill pond weaving through open fields and woodlots, a great place to take in fall scenery.
Also just west of Ann Arbor, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest Michigan state park in the Lower Peninsula. At Waterloo you will find 20,000-acres of wooded areas, 11 inland lakes, and an awesome trail system. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the fall foliage there.
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Colorful 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’re a festival for just amount everything
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Birds Fly In: A Human Refuge
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Birds and Coffee Chat
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MHC Great Lakes Equestrian Shoreline Ride
November 1-14, 2021
Wednesday Afternoon Tea
Now thru November 3, 2021
Downtown Ironwood First Friday
November 5, 202
3rd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
November 5, 2021
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Welter's Folly Big Cup Putting Tournament
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Fall Fly In at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
November 7, 2021
Nature Makers Market
November 13, 2021
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