Peak Fall Color for October 8-14, 2021

Fall colors are cascading throughout Michigan across back roads, city parks, nature trails—and along rushing rivers and streams. To truly appreciate the dramatic hues of Michigan’s fall color, consider Celebrating the Colors of the Season in an RV. When night falls and Michigan’s breathtaking views fade into the darkness, the celestial skyscape opens to a magnificent star show.
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Peak has hit Munising, which is reporting to have excellent leaf saturation in and around Munising and the Pictured Rocks area. Viewers this weekend will find the drive along H-58, M-94 & H-13 to have stunning color. The area expects to have good viewing through mid-October.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is experiencing a 75% change in color throughout the region and expects peak to take place towards the end of this weekend and into next week. Areas like Houghton and Hancock are closer to their peak than places farther north, like Copper Harbor. The color continues to change and become more spectacular each and every day! For information about planning your trip, visit: Ten Ways to Experience Fall Color in the Keweenaw.

Colors are rapidly popping throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Sault Ste. Marie; however, the area is still a few days from peak. Some areas along the St. Marys River have impressive colors. Downtown Sault Ste. Marie is closer to peak conditions than other areas in the region. This weekend, the Soo Locks Park is showcasing maples at their deepest shades of red. Locals are reporting the area to be about one to two weeks from prime viewing conditions.

Peak colors can be found in all corners of Marquette County; however, you’ll find slower change near the Lake Superior shore. Mild temperatures in this week’s forecast have locals optimistic for an extended peak fall season this year. Peak is here now, so don’t wait too long to plan a Marquette County fall getaway.
Driving north on M-35 approaching Escanaba, the trees are changing into their fall wardrobes. Scanning the forests, you'll see a bright palette of fall colors mixed with deep golds, reds, browns and yellows. Be sure to stop by the newly renovated Ford River Boat Launch for great photo opportunities. North of Escanaba along the Harris-Bark River, trees will peak in the next week or two. Before reaching Harris, stop by the Hyde Roadside Park for incredible scenery and more great photo opportunities--but be sure to go when the sun is a little higher in the sky for the best light.

Over the past week, the Dickinson County area has seen a tremendous change in fall colors. While some trees are still pale green, many maples are now brilliant crimson and gold. A drive along the Upper Pine Creek Road, east on Boundary Line Road, south on Valley View Road, then east again on Summit Road will provide broad views of the bluffs to the north and the rolling farm fields and woods near Norway. Heading east or west of Norway on US-2, the maples are in their fall glory. Local trees are just beginning to turn and will show their much-awaited vibrant colors in one to two weeks.

Although a few Upper Peninsula communities are at—or near peak—most are within one to two weeks of displaying the season’s best colors. We recommend you call the area that you plan to explore in advance, as conditions may change.
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Charlevoix is just starting to display an array of beautiful fall foliage. The area will see peak color in one to two weeks. This weekend, join the festivities and show support for local farmers and orchards while celebrating the season at the annual Apple Festival, October 8-10. While in the area, leaf-peepers should plan enough time to check out local craft beer, trails and outdoor recreation.

With lakes and rivers surrounded by an array of crimson and gold foliage, fall is the perfect time for outdoor recreation and nature walks in the Gaylord area. Leaf-peepers will find peak or near peak conditions in one to two weeks.

In Houghton Lake, trees in the swampy areas along M-55 between Houghton Lake and Saint Helen and M-18 north to Roscommon are vibrant shades of red and yellow. Trees on higher elevations throughout Roscommon County are turning more slowly. Peak colors are expected mid-October.

The multi-color patchwork quilt of nature is wrapped around Northeastern Lower Michigan in the Alpena area. The coast along Lake Huron provides pristine blue contrast melding with the horizon to make one feel as if they are traveling through an autumn snow globe, where snowflakes are replaced with fluttering jewel-toned leaves. Viewers will find the best viewing in one to two weeks.

A drive up the center of the state along US-127 will show a gradual color transformation the further north you travel. However, leaf peepers are reporting that significant color won’t appear until you reach the Harrison area.

At the Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, visitors this weekend will see limited color change on stressed trees and the early stages of change on a few species sprinkled with touches of red, orange and yellow. The season’s best color will begin to hit in roughly two weeks— which is a great time to catch the show along local trails, parks and golf courses.

Coldwater is reporting to be about three weeks away from peek— and there’s still time to catch a movie at the Capri Drive-In Theater. This weekend, Southwest Michigan’s Journeyman Distillery in Three Rivers hosts a colorful and spirited fall celebration full of fun and libations for the 10-year anniversary gala. Join the party, October 8-10.

Amazing fall color is anticipated to overtake the communities of Silver Lake Sand Dunes/Hart, Whitehall, Saugatuck-Douglas and Mount Pleasant by mid-October.

Livingston County and most southeast communities are reporting to be at least two weeks away from peak conditions. In Ann Arbor, one of the most talked about stretches for leaf peeping is along West Huron River Drive between downtown and Dexter. Huron River Drive follows alongside the Huron River and the tree-lined views are absolutely stunning. The University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum is a hidden treasure in the downtown Ann Arbor area, perfect for spotting the vibrant fall colors.

Colorful 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.

Makers Tour: Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Winery, Distillery and Brewery
Now thru October 30, 2021
Crane Orchards Cow Train & Hayrides
Now thru October 31, 2021
IllumiZoo Wild Hues
Now thru November 14, 2021
Grand Rapids
Fall Zoo-tacular
October 9-24, 2021
Motown All-Star Spectacular
October 14, 2021
Benton Harbor
Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend
October 15-17, 2021
Mackinac Island
Harvest Festival
October 15-17, 2021

Zoo Goes Boo
October 15-24, 2021
Grand Rapids
Eastown Howl-Oween Pawty
October 16, 2021
Grand Rapids
Silly, Spooky Magic at the American Museum of Magic
October 16, 2021

Haunted Village
October 16, 2021
Scarecrow Fest
October 16-24, 2021

Haunting History of Magic Tours
October 16-30, 2021

Growl-er Brewfest - a dog-centric beer tasting and food truck rally
October 17, 2021

Visit for a complete list of great statewide events.
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Featured Destinations, 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 for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.
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