If you're planning on traveling for a fall color tour, you may want to head up sooner than you think! The Detroit Free Press reports that by October 8th the entire state of Michigan will be past its peak foliage. You can view their interactive map here.
Houghton - Eagle River - Copper Harbor
The UP is the first area of Michigan that will see a change in hues. Experts suggest starting at Twin Lakes on M-26, just outside of throughout and head north toward Copper Harbor. Be sure to stop at the top of Brockway Mountain for a breath taking view of Lake Superior.
Northern Lower Michigan
Traverse City - Northport - Frankfort Area
Pack a bag and take the drive toward the Grand Traverse area. This tour will give you a view of over 250 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The combination of wooded hills and sparkling waters will leave you in awe. Go barefoot one last time for the year at the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes or Take a tour of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse before you leave.
Central Lower Michigan
Saginaw - Bay City - Bad Axe - Frankenmuth
The middle of October is the prime time for leave to change their colors throughout Mid-Michigan. This 230 mile tour boast incredible views of Lake Huron. Follow M-25 through Pointe AU Barques to visit one of the last operational lighthouses in Michigan. Swing back around and stop at Bronners for some holiday decorations followed by dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
Southern Lower Michigan
New Buffalo - Benton Harbor - Paw Paw
This 170 mile route will take you right through small towns, rolling countryside and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan beaches. Stop at Warner Vineyards in Paw Paw for some delicious wine or stroll through Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles. You won't be disappointed!