Peak Fall Color for October 2, 2020

 
A full palette of fall colors is cascading throughout Michigan this fall, and it's the perfect time to experience Mother Nature in her most beautiful state. Michigan owns the autumn drive, with more than 20 state and natural byways, plus countless miles of fall-burnished backroads. Many tree-lined two lanes nudge against turquoise waters, amplifying the eye-popping scarlets, coppers and golds. Enjoy a window seat and plan for a few foliage-filled stops along the way. Experience the season in a whole new light with a fall getaway to Pure Michigan... Check out our interactive fall color map to learn more.
 
Hikers on trail during fall
Porcupine Mountains Escarpment Trail
 
 Now is a great time to visit the Keweenaw Peninsula! The vibrant red, oranges, and yellow have popped. The color is more spectacular every day.    Color ranges from 50% to peak. Twin Lakes is at their peak, Calumet, Houghton, Hancock, Lac La Belle 70-80% while Copper Harbor has the least color because it is surrounded by Lake Superior and Brockway Mountain is about 50%. Peak has arrived!

Enjoy panoramic views of the Keweenaw atop Brockway Mountain Drive or flow through tree bough “tunnels” corridors during summer for a secluded drive. Brockway Mountain Drive is consistently ranked as one of the top scenic drives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is a must-see scenic drive. Other scenic drives that you don't want to miss are the Covered Drive, M-26, Sand Dune Drive, Covered Road, and South Shore.
   
The Keweenaw’s hundreds of miles of recreation trails are a great way to experience fall colors, so hit the trails by foot, bike, ATV, or paddle.  Explore a myriad of scenic sites and hiking trails bursting with fall color throughout the Keweenaw.  Take in a Lake Superior sunset and go stargazing. Waterfalls are rejuvenated in the fall months thanks to the extra precipitation in September and October. Here, the colors last for weeks, so come anytime now.  For more detailed info visit: www.keweenaw.info/recreation/fall-colors.
  
Peak color has arrived for the Marquette County area. Over the next several days, visitors will want to explore the Michigamme Highlands in the west end of Marquette County. Spectacular views await along the Dead River at the 510 Bridge, just north of the cozy town of Negaunee. A quiet backwoods tour up County Road 510 will bring you to Yellow Dog River Falls, where a short hike will reward you with a beautiful cascade. Top things off with a visit to the village of Big Bay and the handicap-accessible Thomas Rock Overlook to see views of Lake Superior and the Huron Mountains, resplendent in fiery colors. Although the area has 76-100 percent color saturation, leaves along Lake Superior, in Marquette County are still changing. There's still plenty of color to come! Peak color has also arrived in the Baraga County area.

Manistique Lakes Area is less than one week from peak conditions, where color seekers will find some very pleasing color this weekend. Maples along US-2 from St. Ignace to Hwy-33 where you turn north to get to Curtis are just beautiful, with the wind and rain a good number of leaves have already fallen. Heading north on Hwy-33 just off US-2, you’ll see some of the most stunning maple colors.

With the cooler temperatures, the colors are POPPING on Drummond Island!  There’s a good mix of gold, yellow, and red interspersed with some green foliage making for gorgeous ORV and ATV trails here on Drummond Island. The aspen trees near Marble Head overlook are almost totally golden and set against blue skies the trail ride in that area can be breathtaking. Even peeks of bronze can be seen in areas full of cedars. The "tunnel of trees" on Maxton road is still mostly green with hints of gold and red, but within a week or two, the area should be ablaze with stunning fall color. Peek color is one to two weeks away.

The trees in the Eastern Upper Peninsula are erupting in an array of red, orange, and yellow. Foliage near the Soo Locks will peak within the next few days. The colors in local parks around Sault Ste. Marie are almost as awe-inspiring as watching freighters pass through the Locks. Trees near the Lakes Superior and Michigan, as well as St. Marys River, are ahead of schedule for peaking--making for an excellent upcoming week for color seekers.

For the Alger County, Munising, Grand Marais and Pictured Rocks area, take Hwy-58 through Pictured Rocks, Hwy-13 and Hwy-94 for some of the best color in coming weeks.  Munising is typically the last area in the Upper Peninsula to peak in because it is location on the Lake Superior shoreline.

Traverse City is where a color tour up the shoreline of West Grand Traverse Bay winds into a stroll through the downtown shopping district. Where the keepsakes, authentic cuisine and colorful scenery continuously remind you that you're in a pretty great place.
 
Couple walking in vineyard in Traverse City
Vineyard in Traverse City  | Courtesy of Traverse City Tourism
 
Peak conditions are fast approaching Northern Michigan and the Grand Traverse Bay Region! As you drive the rolling hills of Old Mission Peninsula, cruise along M-22, or head toward downtown Traverse City for shopping and dinner, you'll see bright spots of red, orange, and gold in the trees. We're still about a week (two at most) from peak fall color, but a cooler week of weather promises a glorious coming soon. One of our favorite ways to see the colors: chairlift rides at Crystal Mountain on Fridays and Sundays in October.
   
Now is also the perfect time to stock up on apples, pumpkins, and fall veggies at local markets and roadside stands. Fresh apple cider is becoming available, and both breweries and cideries are concocting some delicious fall beverages for you to try. Be the first to kick off the Hunt for the Reds of October, where wineries put their best reds on display. Cheers!

Northwest Michigan lakeshore communities are reporting to have between 26-50 percent color saturation, with peak conditions to be one to two weeks away. While the many communities of the region are currently showing 76-100 percent color saturation.

This coming weekend is an ideal time for leaf-peeping in the Cadillac area, with its explosion of brilliant, stunning fall color. Reporting 76-100 percent color saturation, the area at the height for peak color. Brilliant explosions of color across the forest in the Greater Cadillac Area can be seen from the highways, along the riverside hiking trails and reflecting across the lakes. The bright yellows and reds of fall are really radiant this year against the white pine forests throughout the region. While outdoor restaurant spaces are beginning to close, many are still open to enjoy a sunny fall afternoon with friends along the Lakes Cadillac, Mitchell or Missaukee shorelines. Some areas are at peak, while others are just finalizing their final roll-out 75-100% as the nights get cooler and days become shorter.

All four Cadillac area routes–Lake Route, Hodenpyle Route, Missaukee Route and Hoxeyville Route--have high spots to see rolling valleys of color as you meander through backroads to explore the attractions listed in our downloadable route brochures on www.cadillacmichigan.com.
 
This weekend, County Road 6-12 from Frederic to Kalkaska is expected to have good color with bright hues of red, yellow and orange. Gaylord and Grayling are less than one week from peaking, with 76-100 percent color saturation.

In the Inland Water Way and along the trails in the Cheboygan area, peek will arrive soon. As long as the wind and rain hold off, this coming weekend will be beautiful for area leaf peepers throughout the area.  In the Presque Isle and Alpena County areas, more trees are changing color. Currently, the more prominent colors are the stunning yellows and reds. Still, some trees still have summer foliage, but have a faint bit of color. Many bright colors can be seen along US-23, especially when going north.

Most communities throughout the North East Region will see peak conditions in less than one week, with the current transformation to be between 76-100 percent.  Alpena is trailing a one behind with 26-50 percent transformation at this time.
 
Hart, and the area in and around Silver Lake Sand Dunes, South Haven and Standwood, are currently displaying 26-50 percent color transformation, with expectations of peak conditions to be one or two weeks away.
 
Wooden walking path in Bay City
Hiking in Bay City | Courtesy of Instagram Fan imagesbykristin
 
In Frankenmuth, pops of color are starting to appear throughout the city and along the river. When standing on the Covered Bridge, you can look out along the Cass River and see yellows mixed in with the greens of spring and summer. It will be another one to two weeks before the trees begin to change to the bright, beautiful yellows, oranges and reds. Cruise or Kayak the Saginaw Bay, venture through the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, or hike the trails and backwoods of Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland and Saginaw for great color in coming weeks. 

As you drive along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline you will begin to see touches of color-- purple oak and a variety of yellow from various types of trees. For peak color season plan your visit between mid-October to November 1.
 
Your road trip can have double duty in Marshall from now until the end of October. View the gorgeous fall colors that are bronzing the trees with shades of yellow, red, and brilliant oranges on your drive to town--then stroll the streets to see a display of over 30 life-size skeletons posed in fun postures located all along Michigan Avenue. For Southwest and Southeast Michigan, peak conditions are still at least two to three weeks away.
 

Handcrafted spirits, spooky spirits, hunting destinations, Native American Culture and trains…

Glasses of beer at Storm Cloud Brewing Company
Storm Cloud Brewing Company | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan
 

10 of the Best Fall Beers from Michigan Breweries

The craft beer craze is sweeping Michigan and we have some of the best brews in the land. While every season is the right season for a Michigan craft beer, the fall is a particularly special time. All over the state, there are plenty of breweries to choose from and more popping up constantly. We’d like to help you find your perfect fall pour.
 

Hear the Drumbeats, Bells and Songs of Native American Culture

Drumbeats and jingling bells set the pace for singers and dancers skip-stepping into a grassy circle during tribal celebrations. Explore how Woodland Indians used local plants and animals to thrive in their environment, when you join Chippewa Nature Center for Autumn at the Wigwam on October 11.
 

Find the Perfect Fall Hunting Spot with DNR's Interactive Online Mapping Tool

No matter where you are in the state, you can find public land for hunting, trapping or just enjoying Michigan's great outdoors--and Mi-HUNT can help you find just the right spot. With this state-of-the-art tool, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can view, print, measure and create custom routing to their desired destinations.
 

Take A Colorful Train Tour This Fall

While scenic road trips and hiking trails are great ways to experience the season, a relaxing ride on a train through the vibrant shades of red, yellow and bronze trees is the perfect way to view Michigan's autumnal colors.

You’re Invited to Book a Stay at the Spookiest Airbnb!

Halloween may be canceled this year, but, the self-proclaimed mayor of Hell, Michigan, is keeping the spirit alive by inviting local residents to claim his throne for the evening, listing Hell on Airbnb for three nights in October.

 

Great Fall Activities

Mount Bohemia Trail Running Festival
October 3 - November 4, 2020
Lac La Belle

8th Annual M-60 Corn Maze
Now thru November 1, 2020
Union City

Grand Rapids Ghost Tour
Now thru November 7, 2020
Grand Rapids

Wine and Cheese Color Tour
October 3-17, 2020
Gaylord

Haunted Adventure
October 3- 31, 2020
Marshall

Friske Apple Festival
October 9-10, 2020
Ellsworth

Haunted Lighthouse Weekend 
October 9-10, 2020
East Tawas

Fall Fiber Expo
October 10-11, 2020
Ann Arbor

Witchin' Night Out!
October 13, 2020
Gaylord

Howl-O-Ween 
October 17, 2020
Howell

Scarecrow Fest
October 17 -25, 2020
Frankenmuth

Fall is packed with festivals, corn mazes, pub crawls and tasting tours. We have so many ways to celebrate the season. The season doesn’t matter—we celebrate them all and invite you to join in the fun here in Pure Michigan.
 

Deals & Packages

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 check out this month’s Featured Deals & Packages.  Or, visit our complete list of statewide vacation packages
 

Connect with Us

Pure Michigan is encouraging travelers to experience fall through a whole new filter, and sharing those experiences with the hashtag #FallFilter on Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also tag Pure Michigan on Facebook to share their favorite fall road trip.

 

Look for the Pure Michigan Pledge

Whether your travel plans include a day at the lake, a local craft beverage or a hike through the woods, health is a top priority — and we want people to know that the tourism industry is taking safety seriously. So, while traveling across the state this fall, we encourage you to look for the Pure Michigan Pledge, a promise to uphold local safety protocols and CDC travel guidelines to travel safely.