The towns and routes below are some of the most iconic Northern Michigan fall color tours ever published in Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. We dug them out of our archives to share with you. Whether you want to sip local wine, frolic in the great outdoors or enjoy a fabulous foodie road trip, there’s a fall color tour for you in Northern Michigan.
Each fall, the colors of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula draw photographer Erik Olsen to roam the trails and byways of this storied land. Here he reflects on his journey.
Relish Autumn’s red, yellow and gold from hilltop vistas, covered bridges and tree-lined waterways at some of the North’s premier color tour destinations.
Come fall, nothing beats the inspiration of a grand view. Here’s how to take in color panoramas from 10 of the North’s most dramatic bluffs, ridges, peaks, hilltops and so on.
Experience five of Northern Michigan’s beautiful small towns on your autumn color tour this year by exploring Elk Rapids, Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire and Alden—all along the shore of the Chain of Lakes. Here are ideas for gorgeous fall afternoon drives through quaint towns. Tips for fall color hikes, kayak or canoe paddle day trips and bicycling rides in fall color.
Discover a secret season when doing a fall color tour on Mackinac Island, where autumn hues and quiet prevail (and so do deals galore). Find tips for activities on Mackinac Island in fall, along with advice and discounts on festivals, ferries, bike rentals, lodging and dining.
Fall Color Tour Beauty …
Drive 10 minutes northeast of Traverse City’s bustling Front Street, and you will feel the call of a slender spit of land jutting into Grand Traverse Bay. Inconsequential on a state map, this lithe and lovely peninsula pulls you along gently, inviting you to participate in the deliberate pace of a place shaped by seasons and vineyards and orchards and shores. Bonus: Day trips for wine lovers, history buffs and nature fans.
Port Oneida in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a premiere Michigan getaway location filled with spectacular beauty any time of the year, and especially in fall. Autumn color touring in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is something not to be missed. Check this story for tips on exploring preserved historic farms, hikes to gorgeous overlooks and biking routes you’ll never forget. Also advice for lodging and dining in and near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Manistee River Valley at Northern Michigan fall color peak is a must-visit. Here are four terrific ways to experience spectacular fall color touring in Manistee: Float it, fish it, hike it and fly it. Find everything you need to map out four distinct fall color getaways for the whole family, including trails, rivers, outfitters, lodging, restaurants and much more.
One Leelanau fall color tour day cruising the county’s 40-mile west coast serves up seasons of lush memories. Start your tour at the peninsula’s tip in Northport, 27 miles north of Traverse City, then follow our suggested stops steer you Leelanau’s small towns, like Northport, Leland and Glen Arbor, and, of course, we’ll explore fall color in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
More Ideas for Northern Michigan Fall Color Tours
- Enjoy Northern Michigan Hard Cider & A View in Suttons Bay
- Video: A Simply Stunning Mackinaw and Petoskey Color Tour
- 10 Northern Michigan Pumpkin Patches (& Corn Mazes, too!)
(Cornerstone Northern Michigan Fall Color)