Explore Fall Color

Unplug and explore the beautiful fall color throughout Northwest Michigan.  Enjoy panoramic views of color across inland lakes, high atop bluffs, and through the dense forests that make this area a top fall color destination in the Midwest.  Explore all the great fall color opportunities in the Michigan’s Great Outdoors region.

Find an area of interest on our map, and select the county below to access maps, directions and attractions along the way.

When does Fall Color Peak in Northern Michigan?

The current forecast for Fall Color in Northern Michigan puts the peak from October 5-15th.  Keep in mind, elevation and proximity to Lake Michigan all play an important factor in color peak.  Inland and higher elevations tend to turn quicker than areas along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Follow weekly fall color updates with Cadillac and the region here.

4 Fall Color Loops in Benzie County

Fall harvest time in Benzie is one of the best times of year to visit.  With the Scenic M-22 highway running right through the heart of Benzie, there are four loops that have been identified just off the highway ripe with attractions, events and great scenic overlooks.

Explore 4 Fall Color Routes in Cadillac, Michigan!

Explore the area around Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac and around the entire region on 4 scenic fall color routes.  Each route is approx. 20-70 miles in distance and all routes have top foodie and attractions outlined along the way.  You can also stay up-to-date on each route with the weekly updates found here.

Explore 1 comprehensive route with two integrated cultural trails

The Mason County Cultural Trail Networks are growing each and every year, and the fall color tour for the Ludington Area has integrated 2 of these popular trails (Barn Quilt and Agriculture) into your half day fall color drive throughout the region.  Here you will explore scenic, rolling farmland, inland lakes and streams and of course, panoramic views across Lake Michigan and the coastline.

Inland, Coastal and the Scenic M-22 Highway await in Manistee

Manistee County is the gateway to the Scenic M-22 Highway along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Northwest Michigan.  Here you can explore this all day route starting in Manistee, continuing through Benzie and Leelanau Counties, finishing in Traverse City.  You can also explore the shorter inland and coastal fall color routes with great attractions along the way.

Explore all of Newaygo County on one huge Fall Color loop

Explore the mighty Muskegon River and traverse the beginnings of the “Dragon Loop” between Croton and Hardy Dams in Newaygo County. In addition, explore the quaint communities of Newaygo, Fremont and Grant and explore all of the great agricultural attractions along the way.

Unplug. Explore. Michigan's Great Outdoors.

The Michigan's Great Outdoors collaborative consists of five Northern Michigan counties all working together to promote tourism in the region.  With so many hiking, biking, winter sports, and ORV trails in the region that dynamically connect these counties, this site is devoted to educate the first-time visitor to the region looking to explore the great outdoors for the first time.  We welcome you to browse this site and explore all this region has to offer.