Updated: Feb 2
See vibrant reds, yellows and oranges of the changing leaves, whether you want to take a drive, go hiking, ride on a chairlift, or zipline through the forest. A color tour is a Northwest Michigan must during the fall!
Cadillac Fall Color Route
Cadillac’s 18-mile route along Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac takes you into the heart of the greater Cadillac area. Drive or bike the 7-mile loop around Lake Cadillac, and explore downtown while taking in sights from around the lake. The 11-mile drive around Lake Mitchell allows you to view color through the east end of the Manistee National Forest, as well as panoramic colors across the lake.
Fisherman's Island State Park is a picturesque stop to see fall foliage along Lake Michigan. Take a walk along the shoreline to search for Petoskey stones, and visit downtown Charlevoix to explore its unique shops and restaurants.
Pack plenty of snacks and go for an award-winning color tour drive along M-22. The 116-mile stretch of highway winds along the Lake Michigan shoreline and through the Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Take extra time to stop at scenic lookouts, visit quaint stores and eats in Frankfort, Glen Arbor and Leland, and take a detour along Pierce Stocking Drive, a stunning route through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Tunnel of Trees
Ranked among the most scenic roads in the nation, the drive along M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village features hardwoods and evergreens knit into a ceiling over the road. The 20-mile stretch has fun shops, delicious restaurants and beautiful scenery for the entire family to enjoy.
Other Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors
Top Chairlift Rides
Popular Horseback Rides
Best Hiking Trails
Jordan River Pathway Trail in Mancelona, Alba and Young State Park
Offield Family Viewlands Working Forest Reserve in Harbor Springs