Peak Color for September 20, 2019


The ridgetop views, thundering waterfalls and hushed cathedrals of old-growth forest define the untamed landscape of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. Hiking is at its best in autumn when golden aspens and crimson maples splash across a canvas of deep conifers.
 
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Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
 
UPPER PENINSULA
This week, Michigan’s fall color display continues to make a slow, but graceful, advance across the Upper Peninsula, where peak conditions are still two to three weeks away.

Early colors dot the landscape of Marquette Country, while most trees still hold onto the end of summer. Just 7 miles north of Marquette and right off the North Country Trail, Wetmore Landing's sun-warmed, red sandstone cliffs surround beaches that are a great place to see the early-changing leaves and enjoy the Lake Superior shore. For a roundup of things to see and do throughout the entire fall, check out Travel Marquette’s fall events page.

The leaves around Sault Ste. Marie are just starting to change. Brisk evenings and warm days provide great conditions for spectacular fall colors. Plan a road trip to Tahquamenon Falls State Park or Point Iroquois Lighthouse  to see bursts of color starting to dominate the area.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Fall
Tahquamenon Falls
 
Mackinac Island is still showing mostly summer foliage, but a tinge of color has been spotted among area maples.  Peak conditions are more than four weeks away
 

NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA

The leaves in Roscommon County are just starting to change colors. They are more noticeable in the lowland and swamp areas, but occasional bright red maples can be seen along the roads.    
The Houghton Lake Area, Grayling, Alpena, Oscoda, and the rest of the Northeast Lower Peninsula are reporting less than 25 percent color change at this time with peak conditions estimated to be about two more weeks away.
 

NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
Manistee Countys inland route shows early signs of fall color particularly in the higher elevations. This weekend, you’ll want to check out some recent splashes of gold and crimson at the Hops and Props on the River event.

In Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Region, this is a particularly lovely time to visit the farmers markets and 25 wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula. Or, to explore the area’s three mini-trails for easy touring—the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop.

Around Charlevoix, stop by local farms for fun fall activities, corn mazes and fresh farm markets. Enjoy you-pick fall apple orchards at Friske Farm Market and King Orchards.

Petoskey offers great viewing along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and through the Tunnel of Trees. Chairlift rides are available at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands for great aerial views of the region. Traveling two hours southwest, to Benzie County, located along the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you’ll find one of the most scenic fall drives anywhere—M-22.  The maples in Clare County from Clare north through Harrison to Leota, then south through Lake George and Farwell are beginning to change to a stunning reddish-orange hue. While the oaks are just starting to show vibrant red.

While some areas are beginning to turn, peak color in the Northwest region isn’t expected for another two or three weeks.
 

EAST and WEST CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA

The flowers in Frankenmuth are just coming off their peak, which means fall colors are not far behind. Some of the treetops are showing bronze and orange colors, but most of the foliage is still bright with the greens of spring and summer.

Holland, Hart and the Silver Lake Dunes area, Muskegon Bay, Midland and Saginaw will see peak conditions in three to four weeks.
 

SOUTHWEST and EAST LOWER PENINSULA
Some spotty colors have started popping up in Southern Michigan, but most of the leaves are still green. With longer nights in the coming weeks, area meteorologists predict that color to start take off later this month.

This weekend drive along the emerald-colored coastline of Lake Michigan in Bridgman, Stevensville, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor for back roads that lead to u-pick markets, pumpkin patches, wineries, breweries, tours and tasting rooms.
Blue Star Highway (A2) between South Haven and Saugatuck is expected to offer some of the area’s best fall foliage as the season progresses.

Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, South Haven and most other Southwest destinations will experience peak color from mid-October to November 1.

In most of the Southeast Michigan communities colors are expected to peak during the third week of October. In Washtenaw County, get a jump-start on fall and visit the just-opened Dexter Cider Mill. Savor what remains of summer with a scenic kayak ride down the Huron River.  Or, head to the Detroit area and celebrate the season with a bike ride along the Detroit International RiverWalk and a collection of seasonal treats from Eastern Market.
 

The perfect Michigan scenic fall tour awaits—plan your trip today!

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Use the fall peak-season map and the current fall-color report to guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall getaway.  Look through the Michigan Fall Color Tours on michigan.org to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle.

Get out and enjoy the many state, county or local trails in Michigan. Whether walking a familiar trail, hiking a more challenging Upper Peninsula trail, running a hilly course or bicycling a paved linear trail, you'll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy our state's outstanding trail system. Michigan Trails Week is the perfect time to get started!
 

Colorful Craft Beverages Complement Michigan’s Autumn Landscape

Pink, burgundy, amber, gold, orange and brown … just a sample of the many colors of autumn in Michigan–both on the road and in your glass. As you travel around the state’s spectacular landscape, be sure to stop and sample the many colors of Michigan’s craft beer, wine, cider and spirits!
 

Great Fall Activities

Fall 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.
  
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September 20-22
Ishpeming

 
 Trek the Mighty Mac
September 20-21
Saint Ignace
 
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Spooktacular Halloween and Harvest Festival
September 20-21
Cedar River
 
Sault International Festival of Races
September 20-22, 2019
Oscoda
 
Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster
Holland
September 21-22


Oktoberfest
Frankenmuth
Now thru September 2
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 Dessert Sail
Suttons Bay
September 22
 
Curtis Oktoberfest
September 28, 2019
Curtis
 
Grand Hotel’s History Weekend
October 4-6, 2019
Mackinac Island
 
Macktoberfest
October 5, 2019
Mackinac Island
 
Fall on the Island Festival
October 5, 2019
Mackinac Island
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.
 

Stay 3 Nights Or More, Save 15% Off
Inn at Stonecliffe
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Family Experience
Mission Point Resort
Mackinac Island

Boat, Buggy And Breakfast Package
Inn at Stonecliffe
Mackinac Island

Wawashkamo Golf Package
Mission Point Resort
Mackinac Island

Islander Package
Harbour View Inn
Mackinac Island

Destination Wedding Package
Keweenaw Castle Resort
Eagle River

Destination Wedding Package
Keweenaw Castle Resort
Eagle River

Color Season
Keweenaw Hodge Podge Lodge
Eagle Harbor

 
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Hiking And Bicycling Special
LogHaven Bed and Breakfast
West Branch

Stay & Play Deal
Treetops Resort
Gaylord

Couple's Package
Riverwalk Place Resort & Spa
Gladwin

Girlfriend Getaway
Riverwalk Place Resort & Spa
Gladwin 


Be sure to check out our fall Featured Destinations section for a variety of seasonal getaway deals and packages as well as a great selection of attractions and events to visit while on your Pure Michigan color tour. 

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