Western U.P. – Sept. 14
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 24, 2018
We are starting to see more and more color throughout Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Areas of vivid fall color are starting to appear in the interior routes of the Upper Peninsula, especially in the Central and Western Upper Peninsula. This week will likely be a little early for peak, peak color, however, there should be a good amount of early peak color for some rewarding early season color tours. The weekend of of October 6 and 7 should be a good weekend for peak color in the Upper Peninsula. There will likely be good peak color in the U.P. for the weekend of October 13 and 14, especially along routes near the lake shore.
Fall color is also starting to appear in Northern Lower Michigan along the interior routes. Look for good early season color along interior routes from Cadillac to Grayling to Gaylord and north. These regions may see some good early peak conditions for October 6 and 7 and the peak conditions for October 13 and 14.
Routes along the lake shore in Northern Lower Michigan will likely be showing good early peak color during the weekend of October 13 and 14 with peak color lasting for the weekend of October 20 and 21 and later.
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 Season Color with some early Peak color coming along in the interior of the Upper Peninsula
September 29 – 30, 2018 – Generally, an Early Peak Color Weekend in the Upper Peninsula. Routes near lakeshore still early season color.
October 6 – 7, 2018 – Likely A Peak Color Weekend for interior routes. Early Season to Peak color along the lakeshore routes of the Upper Peninsula
October 13 – 14, 2018 – Peak Color Weekend for lakeshore routes with past peak conditions coming into play along interior routes.
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