Northern Michigan Fall Color Tour Ideas

One of the most iconic parts about a Northern Michigan autumn is the beauty and abundance of fall color. The list below includes some of the best Northern Michigan fall color tours that we have highlighted in past October issues of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Whether you want to sip some Northern Michigan wine, frolic in the great outdoors or just enjoy a foodie road trip, take advantage of the season and plan your fall color tour today!

An Upper Peninsula Fall Color Tour

(October 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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.

5 Places to See Northern Michigan Fall Color

(October 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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.

10 Vistas on a Color Tour

(October 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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.

Old Mission Peninsula Color Tour

(October 2014 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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!

Manistee Fall Color Tour

(October 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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!

Mackinac Island Fall Color Tour

(October 2012 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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!

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Torch Lake Color Tour

(October 2011 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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!

Historic Port Oneida Color Tour

(October 2010 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine)

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.

West Coast of Leelanau County Color Tour

(Published on in October 2009)

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


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