Peak Color for September 24-30, 2021

The air is becoming crisper, and Mother Nature is preparing to decorate Michigan’s landscape with broad strokes of brilliant color. Byways and side trips lead to colorful destinations, golden sands, red lighthouses, pure-blue waters and more. Along country roads, across rolling vineyards, lining rushing rivers and streams, and reflected in lakes--the reds, oranges and yellows of maple, birch, aspen and oak trees provide postcard-type backdrops for breathtaking images. 

 

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The Keweenaw Peninsula is a fall travel destination full of colorful adventure opportunities, and now is a great time to visit! The leaves of the deciduous trees are beginning to change, and we are experiencing a 15% change in color throughout the peninsula. The color continues to change and become more spectacular each and every day!

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. 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 information about planning your trip, visit: Ten Ways to Experience Fall Color in the Keweenaw. Learn more about the fascinating adventures of the Keweenaw Peninsula, here.

Fall is sweeping across the forests in Delta County as the greens are changing to deep reds, yellows and browns. A small number of trees have already begun they're autumn metamorphosis.

M-94 from Manistique to Shingleton in Schoolcraft County is beginning to look beautiful with colors starting to pop.

Leaves are slowly starting to change colors in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Some of the inland roads are beginning to make for beautiful drives with maple trees noticeably changing quicker than other trees. Near the water it's still hard to notice a lot of colors in the leaves. We expect in two-three weeks that trees along the St. Marys River will be a sight to behold.

Color in the Munising and the Pictured Rocks area has just begun. Peak color is anticipated to be at least two weeks away.
 

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Brilliant fall color in Marquette |Photo Courtesy of  Instrgram Fan @buckycalloway

Take in breathtaking fall hues and views in Marquette County. From strolling along leaf-studded Lake Superior shoreline to exploring waterfalls surrounded by lush, colorful foliage. Whether you hike or bike through tunnels of changing trees or drive along County Roads 510 or 550, there are tons of fun, scenic routes to add to your autumn itinerary.

Dickinson County is two to three weeks from peak conditions. The area is displaying some isolated crimson and gold maples but limited at this time. Area oaks are just beginning to turn russet.

In the Western and Central U.P., things are a bit more advanced but not by much. Higher elevations are around 20 to 35 percent changed with larger areas of color. This region is about two weeks away from peak color!
 

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Fall wine tasting| Photo Courtesy of Traverse City Courism

Here’s the latest fall color forecast for Northern Michigan as reported by meteorologist Tom O’Hare. At this point, most of the region is below 30% changed, displaying still predominately green but there are splashes of red and yellow around. Traditional early trees have already turned red, and some have dropped their leaves.
There are small pockets of yellow or red over the higher elevations around Cadillac, Grayling, and Gaylord.  Color for these areas is estimated to be approximately a 10 to 20 percent.

The first act of the fall color show has begun on the sunrise side of northeast Michigan. The vibrant red, orange and yellow leaves around Oscoda are emerging on the maples and oaks are setting the stage for the beauty of the weeks ahead. You won't want to miss out on a drive through the Huron National Forests' River Road Scenic Byway in Oscoda this fall. Stop at one, two or all of the lookouts for spectacular views and picture taking opportunities.

A drive along the US-23 Heritage Route--a Pure Michigan Byway--offers a splendid road trip to Northeast Michigan. Alpena is centrally located to seven lighthouses, 100 miles of groomed forest trails, and more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. The beauty of the colorful forest lights up the tree line against the clear blue of the area's endless waterways.

Wood TV is reporting fall colors ranging from minimal to patchy in and around Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo, where color seekers this coming week will find the landscape to be more green than red or orange. The foliage intensifies as you head north through the state. Northern lower Michigan is reporting partial fall color to colors that are near peak.

Colors in Southwest and Southeast Michigan communities are reporting to be more than two to lead three weeks from peak color transformation.

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 theses selected Michigan Fall Color Tours to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle. The peak color map will guide you toward the best time to view Michigan's fall-color show. In Michigan, there are so many ways to experience the season. Don’t know where to start? Check out some of our favorite fall adventures below:

Double Your Fun With These Fall Activities

When autumn lights up the outdoors, pair up a couple of sports for fresh perspectives on fall’s beauty. Get the adrenalin flowing with these spectacular, leaf-peeping opportunities and get ready for a memorable and exhilarating fall weekend. Learn more, here.

15 Trails for a Relaxing Fall Day

With thousands of miles of trails offering a wide range of outdoor recreation activities, including hiking, biking ORV and more, Michigan is also home to a variety of trails where visitors can take it easy and enjoy the state’s stunning fall color. Learn more, here.

Colorful Destinations for Fall Camping in Michigan

Michigan is the perfect place for an idyllic camping trip, especially in the fall! Set up camp in the crisp fall getaway and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to spend quality time with friends and family. Guest writer and blogger Lauren Fryan shares some of her favorite Michigan camping spots perfect for a fall adventure. Learn more, here.
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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.

Jackson & the Roaring 20s Exhibition
Now thru October 17, 2021
Jackson
 
Drive-In Movies at McMorran
Now thru October 19, 2021
Port Huron
 
Zoorassic Park
Now thru October 24, 2021
Battle Creek
 
Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tour
Now thru October 29, 2021
Mondays & Fridays

Suttons Bay
 
Crane Orchards Cow Train & Hayrides
Now thru October 31, 2021
Fennville
 
Michigan State Parks Fall Events
Statewide
Now thru October 31, 2021
 
GRAM Free Tuesdays at Grand Rapids Art Museum
Now thru December 30, 2021
Grand Rapids
 
Apple Cider Century
September 26, 2021
Three Oaks
 
2021 Farmer Market at the Capitol
September 30, 2021
Lansing
 
The Red Jacket Jamboree wsg John Davey
September 26, 2021
Calumet

Plaidurday
October 1, 2021
Ironwood
 
Oktoberfest
October 1-2, 2021
Sterling Heights
 
Ann Arbor Artoberfest
October 9-10, 2021
Ann Arbor
 
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.

Fall Deals & Packages

Michigan getaways and vacations are simply top notch and great vacation packages can always easily be found with help from Pure Michigan! Check out this regional sampling of some of the latest vacation, resort and hotel deals in Michigan this fall.

Be sure to check out this month’s Pure Michigan Featured Deals, where you’ll find great specials for golf, lodging, dining, theater performances, festivals, grand events, wineries & brewery tours and spa services at destinations all across the state. Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.

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We invite you to connect with Pure Michigan on your favorite social network for the latest travel ideas, insider tips, vacation deals and more. For more information, visit all of our Pure Michigan social connections at michigan.org/social.