Peak Fall Color for September 17, 2021

Meteorologists and local leaf peepers across the state are reporting peak conditions to be a little later this year. Currently, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is showing mostly summer foliage with only slight fall color. Peak conditions are reported to be two to three weeks away for most of the region. As color progresses across the region, you’ll want to take in some of the season’s best sightseeing along in and around the area's state parks like Fayette Historic State Park, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and Palms Book State Park.

Grand Island Light during fall
Grand Island Light | Photo Coursety of Instagram Fan beckeymatthews
Michigan's fall colors come first to the trees of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the state's northernmost point. The crooked finger of land that juts into Lake Superior puts on its annual show from about mid-September to early October in a stunning display of reds, oranges and golds that blankets the hills and ridges, forming colorful tunnels on winding two-lane roads.
This week, locals are reporting leaves slowly starting to change in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, but most of the foliage is still primarily green. Next week, viewers will begin to see early displays of bronze throughout the area. The Sault Ste. Marie area is expecting peak fall colors in three to five weeks. 

For the Marquette area, most color is appearing in the interior. Now is the perfect time to be out on the trails, hiking or biking throughout the area. Peak color in Marquette County is expected between the end of September to early October.

Alger County is just starting the annual color transformation. Visitors to the area this coming week will see spotty colors in and around the Munising area and the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore.

Trees around the Delta County area are starting to change slowly. From a bird’s-eye view, you can see reds and golds dotting a sea of green, as fall slowly starts to envelop area wooded areas and pathways.

The River Road Scenic Byway that runs through the Oscoda area is preparing for its' fall color show. The robust early pops of red and orange are peeking out on the maples and oaks, leading the way for the forest around them. Now is the perfect time to take a ride on the AuSable River Queen, hike the high banks, climb Iargo Springs, or just step out on one of the many overlooks such as Lumberman's Monument. Pack a picnic basket or stop in at Desi's Taco Lounge to refuel during your adventure!

In communities of Ottawa County, the trees are mostly green with just a bit of color in some maples along US-31. The area is three to four weeks from peak conditions.
The rest of the state is reporting only a slight color change at this time, with peak colors estimated to be three to five weeks away.

Family hiking the Empire Bluff Trail in the woods during fall.
Empire Bluff Trail | Photo Courtesy of Instagram Fan kathiheyan

Weekends Ablaze

Along country roads, across rolling vineyards, lining rushing rivers and streams, and reflected in lakes—the reds, oranges and yellows of maple, birch, aspen and oak trees provide postcard-type backdrops for breathtaking images from mid-September through the end of October.
Use the fall peak-season map to guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall getaway. Look through the Michigan Fall Color Tours to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle.
Yes, fall is here. We invite you to discover the season in Michigan with all there is to explore for the perfect getaway with our “Are We There Yet?” ad.


Colorful Fall Activities

Fall is not just for jeweled tones leaves, breathtaking shore scenery or beautiful 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 about everything.
IllumiZoo Wild Hues
Now thru November 14, 2021
Grand Rapids
Balloons Over Bay Harbor
September 17-18, 2021
Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival
September 17-19, 2021
Monster Truck Throwdown
September 18, 2021
Saint Ignace
Fall Fest
September 18, 2021
Saint Joseph 
Detroit Foodie Fair
September 19, 2021
Michigan Trails Week
September 19-26, 2021
Inaugural Grand Rapids Bourbon Fest
September 24, 2021
Grand Rapids

September 24-25, 2021
18th Annual Halloween Festival
September 24-25, 2021
Harvest Festival Weekend
September 25, 2021
The Haunted Garage Sale
September 25, 2021
Maker Expo
September 25, 2021
Grand Rapids
Bridges & Bluffs Half Marathon & 2mile run/walk
September 25, 2021
For more events around the State of Michigan, click here.


Fall 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.  Visit for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.


Fall in Real Time

When autumn arrives in Michigan, there's no better place to see the dynamic colors of a trillion trees than along our highways, country roads and coastlines. So, let's head out to the forests. Let our fall color tours and peak color times help you plan your next Pure Michigan fall vacation.
Man fly fishing on the Pere Marquette river during fall.
Fly Fishing in the Pere Marquette River | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan
Fall fishing in Michigan offers something for every angler! Take full advantage of this season with our fall fishing guide, filled with tips and tricks for reeling in the best catch!
Whether you are an urban adventurer or an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie or traveling with your family, or making memories with friends—all are welcome here. You are on the brink of planning a vacation so unique, it can only be classified as Pure Michigan.