Western U.P. – Sept. 14
Crystal Mountain – Oct. 21
Traverse City Area – Oct. 19
Porcupine Mtns. – Oct. 17
Mackinac Island – Oct. 22
Grand Hotel – Somewhere in Time Weekend – October 26 – 28, 2018
Grand Hotel – Close the Grand for the Season – October 28 – 29, 2018
Fall Color in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula!
Fall Color Tours! Maps & Guides!
Fall Color Update – September 14, 2018
The Fall Color Show of 2018 is off to an early start in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This weekend – September 14 – 16, 2018 – you can catch some glimpses of vivid early season color along the interior routes of the U.P. This is very early season color, so don’t expect too much, but you can see a tint of fall color in most of the woods and some very bright splashes of color in isolated areas. If you want an early season inspiration, this is a good weekend and week to make a trip to the U.P.
The early emergence of fall color can also be seen in Northern Lower Michigan, however the woods are mostly still green and the splashes of reds and golds are fewer and more isolated than the current color in the Upper Peninsula.
We’ll be adding some more fall color photos this weekend, so check back for the latest updates.
Here’s a general guide to peak color weekends for 2018 in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. (Based on historical observation. Subject to adjustments by Mother Nature.) If the current predictions of early color come true, peak color will likely be half-a-week to a week early than the schedule below.
September 22 – 23, 2018 – Early Color with some early Peak color coming along in the interior of the Upper Peninsula
September 29 – 30, 2018 – Generally, a Peak Color Weekend in the Upper Peninsula. Interior areas may be moving past peak.
October 6 – 7, 2018 – Likely A Peak Color Weekend, with Past Peak color in some interior regions of the Upper Peninsula
October 13 – 14, 2018 – Mostly Past-Peak Color Weekend with some peak color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula
October 20 – 21, 2018 – Past-Peak Color Weekend with some late-season color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula
Northern Lower Michigan
September 22 – 23, 2018 – Early Color Weekend with some isolated areas (Gaylord, and interior parts north) that may be Early Peak.
September 29 – 30, 2018 – Early Color Weekend with some early peak color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 6 – 7, 2018 – Early Color Weekend to Peak Color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 13 – 14, 2018 – Peak Color in many areas in the interior. Some areas may be moving past peak.
October 20 – 21, 2018 – Peak Color Weekend in regions closer to the water – some interior regions in Northern Lower Michigan likely past peak.
October 27 – 28, 2018 – Likely Past Peak Color Weekend (look for the best of the remaining color near the lakeshore) in Northern Lower Michigan
Fall Color Updates
Fall Color Chairlift Rides
Fall Calendar of Events – Highlights
Leelanau County Fall Color Photos – October 13, 2010
Traverse City Fall Color Photos – October 10, 2010