September 15, 2019

20 gorgeous spots to see the fall colors in Michigan

The temperature is changing, and so are the leaves here in Michigan. You can drive up to the Upper Peninsula or up north to see the most breathtaking views, or stay in metro Detroit and see what we have to offer. No matter where you go, the sights will be lovely.

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Omena
Nothing beats Northern Michigan when it comes to fall colors, and Omena, which is located on the western side of Grand Traverse Bay, is the best of the best. With numerous wineries and organic farms, this town offers delicious food as well as views of lush foliage. 
Photo via Jim Sorbie / Flickr Creative Commons

Omena

Nothing beats Northern Michigan when it comes to fall colors, and Omena, which is located on the western side of Grand Traverse Bay, is the best of the best. With numerous wineries and organic farms, this town offers delicious food as well as views of lush foliage.

Photo via Jim Sorbie / Flickr Creative Commons
Dead River
Marquette County, MI
Hike the trails of Marquette and catch the falls of Dead River during autumn to see a dazzling display of red, orange, and yellow leaves. 
Photo via Pure Michigan / Facebook

Dead River

Marquette County, MI
Hike the trails of Marquette and catch the falls of Dead River during autumn to see a dazzling display of red, orange, and yellow leaves.

Photo via Pure Michigan / Facebook
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Ontonagon, MI
The Upper Peninsula is known for its fall colors, and a visit to the Porcupine Mountains — the largest state park in Michigan — is the perfect way to enjoy the magic of autumn. 
Photo via Pure Michigan / Facebook

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Ontonagon, MI
The Upper Peninsula is known for its fall colors, and a visit to the Porcupine Mountains — the largest state park in Michigan — is the perfect way to enjoy the magic of autumn.

Photo via Pure Michigan / Facebook
Ann Arbor
Not only does Ann Arbor have hidden spots to see the trees, but the University of Michigan campus is like walking around Hogwarts during the fall. 
Photo via Deb Nystrom / Flickr Creative Commons

Ann Arbor

Not only does Ann Arbor have hidden spots to see the trees, but the University of Michigan campus is like walking around Hogwarts during the fall.

Photo via Deb Nystrom / Flickr Creative Commons
Tunnel of Trees
Emmet County, MI
Drive through the falling leaves in the Tunnel of Trees along M-119, where the changing  leaves turn this classic Michigan spot into an explosion of reds, oranges, and yellows. 
Photo via  Scott Wedell / Flickr Creative Commons

Tunnel of Trees

Emmet County, MI Drive through the falling leaves in the Tunnel of Trees along M-119, where the changing leaves turn this classic Michigan spot into an explosion of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Photo via Scott Wedell / Flickr Creative Commons
Seven Lakes State Park
14390 Fish Lake Rd, Holly, MI 48442; 248-634-7271
Seven Lakes State Park in Holly is less than two hours from Detroit, and it’s well worth the trip. The park offers trails along a beautiful lake and it has no shortage of brightly-colored vegetation.  - Photo via Michelle Caldwell / Flickr Creative Commons

Seven Lakes State Park

14390 Fish Lake Rd, Holly, MI 48442; 248-634-7271
Seven Lakes State Park in Holly is less than two hours from Detroit, and it’s well worth the trip. The park offers trails along a beautiful lake and it has no shortage of brightly-colored vegetation.

- Photo via Michelle Caldwell / Flickr Creative Commons
Traverse City
This classic Michigan destination is just as picturesque in the fall as it is in the summer. Against a backdrop of fall foliage, snack on some local apples, walk a corn maze, or visit a pumpkin patch.   Photo via Bill Vriesema / Flickr Creative Commons

Traverse City

This classic Michigan destination is just as picturesque in the fall as it is in the summer. Against a backdrop of fall foliage, snack on some local apples, walk a corn maze, or visit a pumpkin patch.

Photo via Bill Vriesema / Flickr Creative Commons
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Empire, MI
A hike along Michigan’s most famous dunes is the perfect way to welcome cooler temperatures and changing leaves. 
Photo via gabe popa / Flickr Creative Commons

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Empire, MI
A hike along Michigan’s most famous dunes is the perfect way to welcome cooler temperatures and changing leaves.

Photo via gabe popa / Flickr Creative Commons
Middleville
This small Grand Rapids suburb, located in the Thornapple River Valley, is home to numerous trails and parks that are the perfect destination for a fall road trip.
Photo via neukomment / Flickr Creative Commons

Middleville

This small Grand Rapids suburb, located in the Thornapple River Valley, is home to numerous trails and parks that are the perfect destination for a fall road trip.

Photo via neukomment / Flickr Creative Commons
Barton Nature Area
1010 W. Huron Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103; 734-794-6230
The Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor lines the Huron River, offering views of the water along a tree-lined path. Photo via Deb Nystrom / Flickr Creative Commons

Barton Nature Area

1010 W. Huron Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103; 734-794-6230
The Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor lines the Huron River, offering views of the water along a tree-lined path.

Photo via Deb Nystrom / Flickr Creative Commons