Western U.P. – Sept. 14
Crystal Mountain – Oct. 19
Traverse City Area – Oct. 24
Porcupine Mtns. – Oct. 4
Mackinac Island – Oct. 21
Grand Hotel – Somewhere in Time Weekend – October 27 – 29, 2017
Grand Hotel – Close the Grand for the Season – October 29 – 30, 2017
Fall Color in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula!
Fall Color Tours! Maps & Guides!
Fall Color Update – September 21, 2017
The fall colors continue to come along in the woods of the interior Western U.P., however, it looks like peak color is still about a week away. You should be able to find spots with very good early-season color for this weekend – September 23 & 24 – however it looks like the best “peak color weekend” is more likely to be September 30 & October 1.
So right now peak color weekends for the Upper Peninsula are likely to be September 30 & October 1 and October 7 & 8.
Peak color in Northern Lower Michigan is likely to start arriving the first week of October, especially in the interior, with good color staying around through the 3rd and 4th weeks of October.
We will watch and see what happens.
Here’s a general guide to peak color weekends for 2017 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 23 – 24, 2017 – Early Color with some early Peak color coming along in the interior of the Upper Peninsula
September 30 – 1, 2017 – Generally, a Peak Color Weekend in the Upper Peninsula. Interior areas may be past peak.
October 7 – 8, 2017 – A Late Peak Color Weekend, with Past Peak color in some interior regions of the Upper Peninsula
October 14 – 15, 2017 – Mostly Past-Peak Color Weekend with some peak color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula
October 21 – 22, 2017 – Past-Peak Color Weekend with some late-season color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula
Northern Lower Michigan
September 23 – 24, 2017 – Early Color Weekend with some isolated areas (Gaylord, and interior parts north) that may be Early Peak.
September 30 – 1, 2017 – Early Color Weekend with some peak color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 7 – 8, 2017 – Early Color Weekend to Peak Color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 14 – 15, 2017 – Peak Color in many areas – Some Past Peak Color in parts of Northern Lower Michigan
October 21 – 22, 2017 – Peak to Past Peak Color Weekend (look for the best of the remaining color near the lakeshore) in Northern Lower Michigan
October 28 – 29, 2017 – Likely Past Peak Color Weekend (look for the best of the remaining color near the lakeshore) in Northern Lower Michigan
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