Pure Michigan Fall Color Update – October 30, 2015
For fans of Michigan’s annual fall color spectacle, this weekend will be the final opportunity to indulge their penchant for leaf peeping. The curtains have closed on the fall color production across most of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but audiences still have a chance to catch a few dazzling trailers across the region this coming weekend.
Upper Peninsula color can be best viewed traveling just west or north of St. Ignace, along county roads throughout the Hiawatha National Forest. Visitors to the area will also find some traces of fall foliage at many of the region’s state parks like Baraga State Park, Fort Wilkins State Historic Park, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park or Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
For the Lower Peninsula, the annual fall color show is now past peak in Bay, Saginaw, Midland, Isabella, Kent and Charlevoix counties. However, travelers this weekend will find the tamaracks of Charlevoix County are still absolutely stunning along the Jordan River.
Autumn color certainly took its time getting to the Grand Traverse Bay Region, but the wait has proven to have been well worth the delay. The brilliance and variety of color is absolutely breathtaking with battalions of crimson, gold and scarlet maples against buttery yellow walnuts and witch hazel bushes, glittering aspens and tall oaks in their finest shades of russet, purple and pumpkin. With the season’s color quickly vanishing, this weekend would be a good time to explore some of the region’s most intense color by heading into the interior of the Leelanau Peninsula, where winding highways like County Road 616, 641 or 633 will take you into the heart of the region’s orchard and vineyard country, surrounded by steep hills aflame with fall beauty. Be sure to save time to try some of the peninsula’s fabulous hard cider, craft brews or award-winning wines.
Ludington residents recommend the drive along M-22 to get a glimpse of the some of the area’s grandest color of the season. The Holland area is still displaying good color along the lakeshore drive, north from Ottawa Beach Road to Grand Haven, and at roads leading to Riley Trails and Van Raalte Farm.
Leaf peepers will find exceptionally noteworthy fall scenery along the West Michigan Pike Trail traveling along Red Arrow Highway, M-63 and Blue Star Highway of Southwestern Michigan. In addition to vibrant hues of yellow, red and orange, the area is home to some of the most magnificent sunsets in the world along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Although peak conditions have reached the area, a drive through the communities of Bridgman, Stevensville, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and Hagar Shores will provide a good final call color show.
The Ann Arbor area is completely gorgeous–all decked out in the season’s finest fall peak color. Butternut, sepia, khaki, blonde, blush, bright oranges, yellows and brilliant golden hues have painted a magnificent canvas across the area to close out the fall color spectacular. But, before the curtain completely closes, there’s still time to visit Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair, Alber’s Orchards & Cider Mill, Wasem Fruit Farm and the Dexter Cider Mill for old-fashioned fall favorites—fresh cider and donuts. “Football weather” is in full swing and the air is crisp and perfect for an afternoon game at the Big House or a stroll across the picturesque University of Michigan campus.
While in Southeastern Michigan, visit Oakwoods Metropark in New Boston for a peak color explosion. The brilliant crimsons of local red and sugar maples have begun to fade to softer shades of salmon and pink—but, the yellow and gold hickory trees continue to glow brightly against the palette of bronze, russet and remaining green among area oak trees.
For some other Southeastern Michigan communities, color is expected to be ate season’s best this weekend along country roads and local parks near Holly,Milford, Rochester and Port Huron and in the Irish Hills near Jackson and Tipton.
2015 Official Pure Michigan Travel Guide
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Autumn is the season known for festivals, hiking, hunting, golfing and countless other in-outdoor activities. The new 2015 Pure Michigan fall travel guide highlights fascinating activities to enjoy across the state throughout the season. Feature stories include Creative Drives, featuring galleries, historic districts and lighthouses; The Dish, which is sure to inspire travelers to plan a culinary tour of our state to sample local foods and wines; and Rapid Rise which shines the spotlight of on the Grand Rapids cultural scene. Other feature stories include Deer Camp; Autumn on the Straits and On the Trail which will take you on a 12,000 mile-adventure of recreational trails to hike, bike–or, even paddle.
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