Peak Color for September 27, 2019

As warm days turn into cool nights, Michigan’s landscape prepares to don its autumn colors. The state is blessed with vibrant color and plenty of ways to see it. We have more than 18.6 million acres of forestland, two national shorelines, nearly 100 state parks and recreation areas, hundreds of local and regional parks, as well as a number of national and state forests in both peninsulas. Get ready to experience the Pure Michigan annual fall color explosion!

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#FallFilter Fridays

Share your Pure Michigan autumn experiences with us on Instagram and Twitter Be sure to include #FallFilter to share your adventures with our Pure Michigan social community. Each Friday, we’ll select five of our favorite fall photos tagged with #FallFilter and feature them in a story on the @puremichigan Instagram account. We’ll also feature images tagged with #FallFilter in our Instagram gallery throughout the fall season.

Fall color season in the Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the best-kept secrets of the Upper Midwest. The hills come alive with bold and brilliant color created by the special mix of sugar maples, birch and oaks of the northern forests.  For the weeks ahead, Brockway Mountain Drive is a definite must-see.

In and around the Marquette area, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of brilliant fall color among a variety of area trees. Although the trees near Lake Superior are still mostly green, the colors really start to pop as you head out to the West End and the historic iron-mining towns of Ishpeming and Negaunee. The towns are connected via a paved pathway through the vibrant forest. Whether you prefer to bike, walk or run, you’ll find the Iron Ore Heritage Trail informative and fun. This 47-mile, multi-use, interpretive trail crosses the Marquette Iron Range and is dotted with educational signs all along its scenic and historic stretch.

The Western Upper Peninsula, Baraga County, St. Ignace and Marquette Country are reporting peak conditions to be about a week away. Locals suggest you plan to travel to the area soon if you want to catch this year’s amazing color show. Although the season offers a lot to experience, the best fall foliage display for Mackinac Island is three to four weeks away.

Explore Upper Peninsula Mines and Mine Museums

On a fall drive through the Upper Peninsula, the copper boom still echoes throughout the tours, scenic routes and historic sites. Grab a hard hat, a heavy coat and sturdy shoes. For the next hour or so, you’re a copper miner in the Upper Peninsula, following in the footsteps of those who toiled here long ago. 

Although peak is still two to three weeks away, visitors to the Charlevoix Area will find a mix of bronze, crimson, purple, red, russet and yellow throughout the county. This coming weekend is the perfect time to plan a visit to stock up on locally grown produce from the Charlevoix Farmer’s Market.

The lakeside communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Boyne City and Alanson are some of the best places to experience the magic of fall color. Plan your next Boyne Country fall outing exploring the sights along the Tunnel of Trees Color Excursion Tour.

Benzie County, located along the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, features one of the most scenic fall drives anywhere. Taking center stage all month long will be brilliant trees that blanket the landscape along the hilly terrain leading through Benzie County’s main roads – M-22, M-115 and US-31.  Visitors will also want to make time to explore the county’s numerous back roads for great fall color. Conditions throughout the region are anticipated to peak in one to two weeks.

Daily highs into the low 80s, with evening lows into the 40s are shaping color in the Cadillac to peak the second week of October. The Cadillac Craft Beer Festival and Bear Claw Epic Mountain Bike Race kick off fall this coming weekend – September 28 – ushering in the sights, sounds and smells of fall up north in the woods. Pick up our fall color tour route brochures in areas, where you see a Fall Color sign along the road. Dazzling fall colors are donning the tips of trees in the Manistee National Forest, especially along the M-55 Route between Cadillac and Manistee. North on M-115, color is still limited. Rural routes have select colors among various tree species along those routes. Grayling, Roscommon, Houghton Lake, Manistee and Cadillac are all expecting peak conditions in two to three weeks.

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes area, located along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Muskegon and Ludington, has just a tinge of color. The area is a mecca for outdoor activities and nature tours with it state parks and trails.  If you happen to be in this are this weekend, be sure to check out the Samuel Adams Steinfest Hoot, or plan to tour the foliage leading to the Pleasant Valley Farm and Vineyard in Hart.
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Although the season’s color is slow to develop, it’s always time to enjoy the spirited color of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA.” Fall brings new seasonal beers to the 40+ breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail,  It’s also harvest season, so local restaurants are serving up farm-fresh meals.

Looking for a fall adventure in “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”? Be ready to rope climb and zip line at Frankenmuth Aerial Park! Visit the Frankenmuth Holzbrucke Wooden Covered Bridge for fall splendor along the Cass River, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride along Frankenmuth’s tree-lined streets. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes area, Hart, Muskegon, Ludington, Mount Pleasant, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Frankenmuth and the entire Great Lakes Bay Region won’t see peak color for another three to four weeks.

It may be the first official week of fall, but summer is still happening in Michigan's Great Southwest with warm temperatures, blue skies and lush green foliage. Fall in Michigan Southwestern region, with its cider mills, wineries, farm markets and driving tours for spectacular autumn colors, is a perfect time of year to visit! The region will see peak conditions in three to four weeks.

Washtenaw County is just beginning to see the changing of colors, but fall events are in full swing. The first week of October brings the first round of spooky Halloween events, including Oktoberfest at Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse and the Holy Bones Halloween Market and Creative Bizarre in Ypsilanti.

Fall in Lenawee County is the perfect time to stop by Kapnick Orchards in Britton (about 6 miles from Tecumseh) for apples, donuts and cider.  Or grab the kids and head to Carpenter Farms in Adrian to find your way through their amazing corn maze. For Livingston, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, locals anticipate peak color to transform the landscape in mid-to-late October.
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Fall Color Tour, Camping and Local Flavor – RV Style

While miles of well-known roads leading to breathtaking fall scenery are filled with weekend color seekers, RVers enjoy an opportunity to find idyllic back county roads with unparalleled views of fall colors and hidden gems featuring local fares and wares. For campers, the experience is heightened when nestled beneath the amazing explosion of color in the tree branches above,  the smell of roasted marshmallows and crisp, autumn air.  


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


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 to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle.

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.
The Purple Pepper Farmers Market
Now thru October 31, 2019
Curtis Oktoberfest
September 28, 2019

30th Annual Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show
October 2-6, 2019

 14th Annual Fayette Fall Fest
October 4-5, 2019
Grand Hotel’s History Weekend
October 4-6, 2019
Mackinac Island 
October 5, 2019
Mackinac Island
Fall on the Island Festival
October 5, 2019
Mackinac Island 
Fall Harvest Fossil Fest
October 5, 2019
12th Annual Harvest Festival
October 5-6, 2019
Journeyman Distiller-versary Party
October 5, 2019
Three Oaks

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.


Harbour View Inn
Mackinac Island


LogHaven Bed and Breakfast
West Branch, MI 48661


LogHaven Bed and Breakfast
West Branch


Garland Lodge & Golf Resort


Pointes North Beachfront Resort Hotel
Traverse City


Lake 'N Pines Lodge, LLC


Inn at Stonecliffe
Mackinac Island