Peak Color for September 28, 2018

Peak color conditions are is fast approaching Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and all of the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of fall are taking center stage in communities throughout Michigan.
Carp River Valley

Fall colors are making steady progress in Marquette County. Area trees have populated the landscape with bursts of bright flaming reds among the area’s mostly green summer foliage. Locals recommend a relaxing drive along scenic County Rd. 550 to get a glimpse of resplendent forests throughout Marquette County.  Along the way, take a short hike up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking 360-degree views.  Linger long enough to watch the setting sun bathe the changing leaves in the golden light as it electrifies Lake Superior at Little Presque Isle Point. For the coming week, the best color can be found in the western part of the county and throughout the interior. The shores of the Great Lakes will experience peak color slightly later than surrounding areas, which is estimated to be in one to two weeks away.
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The vibrant green hues of local forests have begun to pale throughout the Sault Ste. Marie area. Bursts of red and yellow can be seen, but somewhat scarcely.  At this time, green still dominates the inland roadways. When the colors reach peak, there is one drive that’s a must! From Brimley towards Paradise, at West Lakeshore Drive, you’ll find one of the most breathtaking sites of a Pure Michigan fall. Along the way, you can also stop off and climb Point Iroquois Lighthouse or walk the gorgeous beaches and boardwalks. This coming week, travelers to the St. Ignace area will find beautiful reds sprinkled through local maples.

In the Northern Lower Peninsula, colors are just beginning to change. Manistee County is in its early to mid-stages of transformation with robust crimson tipping area trees and assorted bronze shades sprinkled throughout Manistee National Forest. If you're heading north on M-22, take a break and unwind with cider and wine at Douglas Valley Winery, where you can take in views of rolling hills and beautiful Lake Michigan. For suggested routes and directions, check out Manistee County’s best scenic autumn drives, where you’ll find the Coastal Fall Color Tour. Manistee County will reach ideal color conditions in one or two weeks. Peak color for the Grand Traverse Bay region and other Northwest Michigan communities is anticipated to be three to four weeks away.

For the Houghton Lake Area, red maples are beginning to appear around the lakes, reflecting well in the clear waters of Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake, Lake St. Helen and Marl Lake. Bring your fishing pole for a fresh catch and enjoy a fall dinner by a crackling campfire. Houghton Lake, Grayling and Gaylord are anticipating peak color in the next two to four weeks.
The Mount Pleasant Area is currently displaying stunning yellows and reds, as well as soft shades of pale cream and beautiful bronze, gold fall foliage.  The area will experience ideal color in one to two weeks. Oceana and Ottawa counties are forecasting peak color to be in one to two weeks. 

Trees along Frankenmuth’s Main Street (M-83) are just starting to peak with colors of yellow and orange. The foliage on the south side of town near Zehnder's of Frankenmuth and Bavarian Inn Restaurant are always some of the first trees to change, displaying beautiful red colors at peak time. Peak is still three to four weeks away. Visiting Michigan’s Little Bavaria this coming week, leaf watchers will find various hues of yellow throughout the landscape.

St. Joseph and surrounding Southwestern counties are mostly still green; but your’ find plenty of reasons to visit with everything from farm markets and cider mills to breweries and wineries at Michigan's Great Southwest.  The St. Joseph area as well as New Buffalo and Coldwater will see peak color in four or more weeks.
Currently, the trees in the Ann Arbor area are still summery and green. The temperatures have dropped a bit so the area is looking forward to gorgeous reds, golds, oranges and yellows soon! Stay tuned for the late-season color exploration as communities throughout Southeast Michigan typically reach peak conditions in late October, with brilliant jewel tones along highways, country roads city parks, vineyards, and alongside rivers and streams.
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Ann Arbor

Fall Filter Fridays
From scenic fall color drives and breathtaking hiking trails to manicured Michigan wineries and apple orchards, there are plenty of fall photo ops for you in Michigan. As we head into the first full weekend of fall, we are excited to introduce “Fall Filter Fridays.” Throughout the season, we’re encouraging our social media community to share their photos of fall colors and activities in Michigan with the #FallFilter hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. Beginning October 5, we’ll share a few of our favorite #FallFilter images in an Instagram story on the @PureMichigan Instagram account each Friday.
Take a Color Tour-RV Style
All across Michigan, the oaks, hemlocks, pines, maples, birch and beech trees are beginning the seasonal color switch and the resulting reds, oranges and yellows are enticing people to take their RV’s for a road trip. 

Spectacular Pure Michigan 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.
ArtPrize 10
Now thru October 7, 2018
Grand Rapids
29th Annual Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show
October 3-7, 2018

October 6, 2018
Mackinac Island
13th Annual Fayette Fall Fest
October 6, 2018
Empire Hops & Harvest Festival
October 6, 2018
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Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest
October 6, 2018
Black Star Farms Great Lakes Fish Boil
Now thru October 25, 2018
Suttons Bay
Bruckelaufe Half Marathon Bridge Race
October 6, 2018
Charlevoix Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run
October 6, 2018
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Boatoberfest - Beer Tasting Boat Cruise
October 6, 2018
Haunted Adventures
October 6, 2018-October 28, 2018
Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 6, 2018-October 27, 2018
Fire Open House
October 7, 2018
Ann Arbor
Antiques on the Bluff
Now thru October 7, 2018
Saint Joseph
Visit 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. We’ll also want to check out this month’s Featured Deals & Packages.  

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