Peak Fall Color for October 1-7, 2021

See fall through a kaleidoscope of crimson, orange and goldBe mesmerized by billions of blazing trees. Be amazed by the stunning backdrop of autumnal jewel-toned panoramas—the Michigan fall color show is making a slow, but graceful advance across the state. Before heading out for a fall color drive, be sure to stock up on Pure Michigan hoodies and other great gear from The Mitten State.
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Michigan’s late summer weather continues to impact the progression of this year’s fall color, with a later than usual color transformation. The Keweenaw Peninsula is a fall travel destination full of colorful adventure opportunities, and now is a great time to visit! Houghton is at about 30%, while the stretch of highway between Hancock and Calumet is reaching its peak. Further North, towards Copper Harbor colors are currently at 15-20%. Specific Keweenaw locations will peak at different times, with Copper Harbor and Isle Royale peaking a bit later than areas farther south. For more information about planning your trip, visit: Ten Ways to Experience Fall Color in The Keweenaw.

The maple and oak trees that form Escanaba’s Van Cleve Park are shedding their summer foliage and adopting fall colors. Traveling outside Escanaba on the M-35, you’ll find a landscape dotted with color, harkening the oncoming transition for the rest of the area’s forest.

In and around Schoolcraft County, the leaves are showing a dazzling palette of gorgeous colors lining our roadways. Take some of the canopied roads, like Federal Forest Highway 13 between US-2 near Nahma and M-28 in Wetmore, where you will find --perhaps the prettiest drive in all of Michigan.

Marquette County is on the cusp of peak fall colors. With mild temperatures forecasted for the weekend, it's the perfect time to hop on a bike and hit the trails at the Marquette Fall Enduro. If your idea of adventure is more of a storybook fantasy, then wander over to the Fall Phantasm (Saturday, October 2). Live music and costumed performances will greet you at this festival, set at the free Lakenenland Sculpture Park on M-28 East.
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In the Manistique Lakes as well as the Munising/Pictured Rocks area leak peepers will find the color show in its early progression.  Although a slow start, crimson maples and some yellowing of birch trees dot the landscape of Dickinson County.

In Chippewa County’s Drummond Island, the drive from the Drummond Island Ferry Boat (Huron Street) down East Channel Road exhibits vibrant red maples, amber tamaracks, golden birches, and brilliant yellow aspens all contrasting against emerald conifers. Continue east on Johnswood Road through Bass Cove Road to add blazing orange oaks and warm ochre elms. A stop at Big Shoal Beach along the way allows for a picnic that boasts scenic water views. You can extend your leaf-peeping tour down Glen Cove Road for a slower-paced, up close tour of the fall foliage before cruising down the Maxton Cut Across Road. This northward journey along Maxton Road winds through a colorful tunnel of trees that make-up the most stunning display of autumn colors that Drummond Island has to offer. Across the island, autumn colors are present--and beautiful- but not in full-swing quite yet.

Most of the Upper Peninsula is estimated to be at or near peak viewing in one to two weeks.

The Charlevoix area is estimated to be or two weeks from peak conditions. For suggested viewing, refer to Fall Foliage Color Tour on M-119, for a snapshot of one of the area’s most spectacular scenic routes. Traverse City's orchards, vineyards, forests, and villages create a beautiful patchwork of orange, crimson, scarlet, and gold in fall as the area comes ablaze with a most magnificent kaleidoscope of color. Traverse City and the entire Grand Traverse region is one to two weeks from peak color. For help planning your Traverse City fall getaway, check out the area’s Fall Color Tour Guide. PDF File!

Color in Grayling and Gaylord is just beginning, where you will find a few patches of early muted color. Viewers will find the season’s best color in one to two weeks. Cadillac is currently experiencing patchy color change. However, the area is still a week or two until we hit peak. The walks along Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell are always spectacular choices for beautiful fall color and will be even more once the colors start popping more!

There is plenty of time to plan your fall getaway trip to Oscoda—beautifully situated on the Mitten's Sunrise Coast! The vibrant colors are beginning to spark on the tips of the trees that are gathering the most sun. This year, take a stroll through the Huron-Manistee National Forest along the River Road Scenic Byway. The area’s most colorful season is extending into late-October this year, providing more time to plan your fall color adventures. Dig out those boots and take nature in! Prime viewing opportunities should weave through the area in one to two weeks.

The Grand Haven area is still mostly at the green to almost a little color in some maple trees. Some trees have a bit of yellow or golds, but mostly are still green. Silver Lake Sand Dunes area around Hart, Pentwater, Saugatuck-Douglas and most Beachtown communities are displaying small pops of color, mostly near the water. These charming lakeside towns are estimated to display prime color transformation in one to or two weeks.

Central Michigan as well as most of the Southwest communities are reporting to be two to three weeks from peak color transformation.

For Washtenaw County, the route along Huron River Drive between Ann Arbor and Dexter is a well-known trek to see the autumn colors, juxtaposed with the scenic Huron River. Right in the heart of downtown, visitors love Nichols Arboretum, which highlights the fall colors right on the campus of the University of Michigan. Locals estimate peak color for Southeast communities to be longer than four weeks away.

Vibrant Fall Adventures

The colorful fall vibrant season is short, but there’s still time to golf another round on one of our 650 public courses or to cheer your favorite team at a college sports event.  Join us for a breathtaking scenic drive and even make time for some really amazing wildlife viewing.
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Colorful Fall Activities

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.
Handcrafters Fall Fair
October 8, 2021

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
October 7-31, 2021
Fort Fright
October 8-9, 2021
Mackinaw City
Harvest Festival Weekend
October 8-9, 2021
Boyne City
Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 8-10, 2021

The Greater Grand Rapids Fall Train Show
October 9, 2021

 Scarecrow Fest
October 16-24, 2021
Eastown Howl-Oween Pawty
October 16, 2021
Grand Rapids
Haunted Village
October 16, 2021
Visit for a complete list of great statewide events.