Michigan’s gorgeous scenery gives everyone a reason to hit the road, especially in fall. The sun is shining and the leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, gold and orange. But you want to be sure to plan your Northern Michigan fall color tour at the right time in the right region to experience peak colors. We’ve partnered with Tom O’Hare, chief meteorologist at 9&10 News, to bring you the latest Northern Michigan fall color map, updated every Thursday, to show you exactly where the best fall foliage viewing is throughout the entire season.
While you’re on the road, be sure to check out these 10 not-to-miss fall color vistas. And what’s a road trip without good food? Tim Tebeau, the food editor here at MyNorth & Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, suggests these cafes and restaurants for a fall flavor tour.
Now, hit the road!
Northern Michigan Fall Color Update
Most of the region is about 10–25% changed, this goes for the Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, with pockets of good color where frost developed a few weeks ago. That’s one thing that has brought some strong color for the higher elevations. Pockets of 50% change are around, but not a lot. As long as the warmth and sunshine continue, the trees already changing will reach peak in the next week or two. The rest of the region is on a more normal schedule with peak color arriving in early to mid-October. —Tom O’Hare