The state of Michigan has much to offer at any time of year but autumn is when it truly shines. Few other states can lay claim to such a resplendent repertoire of fall foliage with hits of yellow, orange, red and rust that will make your spirit soar. Whether you’re looking for a guided foliage hike, want to warm up with some cider or hope to enjoy some apple picking with the whole family, here are some of Michigan’s can’t-be-missed highlights. (And don’t forget to check out Travel Michigan’s handy fall color map to help you plan for peek foliage viewing.)
For a wonderful family trip in Michigan’s thumb, consider heading to Port Austin to hike the trails at Port Crescent State Park for some stunning autumnal displays. A beginner-friendly hike along Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay shoreline, the park features loads of outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, birding and more during the peak fall colors season.
Michigan is famous for its variety of crisp and tasty apples. Christofferson Farms near Ludington offers an amazing variety of Michigan apples. The farm is a fruit-lovers paradise and also sells apricots, blackberries, cherries, peaches, pears, pumpkins and more! You can check out other Michigan farms on this website.
Take a stroll on Norther America’s longest canopy walk through the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens. At 1,400 feet long and 40 feet above ground, the canopy walk in Midland, MI allows guests to have a unique bird’s eye view of fall’s fiery foliage. If heights aren’t your thing, there are also 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, meadows and an apple orchards to enjoy.
Head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for an unforgettable fall hiking experience along the breathtaking shores of Lake Superior. With an incredible 60,000 acres, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is Michigan’s largest state park and boasts an amazing 90 miles of hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, roaring rivers and fascinating wildlife. The aptly named Lake of the Clouds is one of the most photographed spots in the Midwest each fall.
The Red Arrow Highway is the prime pick for fall colors in Michigan’s south-west corner. Go for a drive along Lake Michigan to explore picturesque coastal villages like Union Pier and St. Joe, popular for their art galleries, antique stores and Lake Michigan beaches. The area is peppered with orchards and vineyards and visitors can sample wines at tasting rooms along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, including recent additions Chill Hill Winery and Round Barn Filling Station.
For a perfect (and socially distant) leaf peeping adventure go for a road trip from the top of the Upper Peninsula down to the southern border. Revel in the beauty of the Lake Michigan shore along M-22, with glittering glimpses of the sparkling lake peeking through the vibrant foliage all along the Leelanau Peninsula shoreline. Or drive M-119 along the coast of Lake Michigan through the legendary tunnel of trees.