There is nothing more “Pure Michigan” than hopping in your car and exploring the changing of seasons in our great state. With over 20 million acres of forest land, Michigan offers the opportunity to witness the transition from summer to fall to winter right from the leaves on our trees. Fall color tours are a popular pastime for Michiganders, and new routes are explored annually. This year, it’s your turn to experience our tree-lined roads and see colors you may have never seen before. Check out some of the best routes before the last leaf falls.
During late September to mid-October explore:
- Alpena – Gaylord – Mio: This 200-mile route will take you from Lake Huron’s shore to a beautiful forest with plenty of opportunity to view wildlife along the way.
- Ironwood – Silver City – Wakefield: Waterfalls, vistas, country roads, and Lake Superior – how many more breathtaking views do you need? Ninety percent of this 100-mile stretch is forest-covered, which means you’re guaranteed to see fall color tour magic.
- Grayling – Torch Lake – Lake City: Paddle your way down the Au Sable River for a different vantage point along this 170-mile color tour in northwest Michigan.
- Mackinaw City – Petoskey – Charlevoix: This forested countryside area filled with charming resort towns nestled within makes this a great colorful weekend getaway.
- Marquette – Negaunee – Au Train: You’ll love the peace and quiet this 185-mile stretch in the U.P. provides to take in all the beauty of the multi-colored, tree-lined country roads.
Throughout October explore:
- Detroit – Algonac – Lake Orion – Port Huron: From the Motor City to a maritime city, you’re bound to see an assortment of beautiful colors along this 195-mile route in southeast Michigan.
- Saginaw – Bay City – Bad Axe – Frankenmuth: The Great Lakes Bay Region makes for a great color tour near Lake Huron to rewind to simpler times.
- Grand Ledge – Hastings – Battle Creek – Eaton Rapids: This 150-mile stretch starts near our State Capital building and takes you through woodlands, across rivers, and to a unique geological formation along the way.
- Grand Rapids – Grand Haven – South Haven – Kalamazoo: You’ve never seen Lake Michigan like this before. Explore 195 miles of city scenes, sand dunes, wineries, and much more.
- Hillsdale – Homer – Sturgis: Close out the fall color tour season with 155 miles of rural scenery along the southern Michigan border.
Why stop there? Michigan is filled with many more fall color tour routes and this interactive map is a great resource for where to go all season long. For more happening around Michigan, check out Empowering Michigan.