It’s that time of year again, where all the green starts to make the beautiful change to reds, golds, and oranges before winter comes. The Midwest offers some of the best fall views you can get anywhere in the county, and in the Midwest, Michigan Fall Foliage drives are some of the most beautiful anywhere. Here are 5 of the best Fall Color Tips you can take in Michigan.
This 22 mile peninsula drive cuts right up the middle of Grand Traverse Bay going from Baldwin to Traverse City Michigan. You’ll get views of Blue water to both the east and west. You can stop in at all the hilly vineyards and orchards along the way. Be sure to stop in at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse for some really breath taking views and hiking trails that wind through the woods and old orchards.
M-22 is 116 miles of scenic byway across the Northwest part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. You’ll see small quaint little towns, fishing towns, wineries, and some of Michigan’s best beaches along the way. This drive has been called the most beautiful highway in America, and if you go all the way from Traverse City to Empire you’ll see why.
There may be quicker ways to get from Harbor Springs to Cross Village but certainly none prettier. This road runs along a high Lake Michigan bluff and is sometimes called the “Tunnel of Trees” because it frequently dips down below the canopy of interlaced branches.
Pure Michigan Byway
The 200 mile stretch of Highway 23 that links Standish to Mackinaw City is also known as the “Sunrise Coast” Pure Michigan Byway. It traces the Lake Huron shoreline then winds through the Black River hills. You’ll pass through all of the coastal towns along the way and find hiking trails a plenty, pristine beaches, and 19 historic lighthouses.
Huron River Drive
Going from Ann Arbor to Dexter, this drive follows the Huron river the entire way and has several parks and hiking locations to stop at and explore the awesome fall foliage. Some must see stops are the Bird Hills nature area, and the Dexter Cider Mill for cider and donuts.
Once the leaves start changing there’s a limited time to take in these absolutely amazing scenic drives, so if you live in or close to Michigan, take the family out soon before its gone for another year.