Beautiful Fall Destinations in Michigan

With over 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and more than 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan offers outdoor treasures that bring tourists flocking summer and winter alike. But prime-time isn’t limited to the warmest and coldest seasons.

Michigan is home to a bunch of hidden treasures that many people do not even know about. Each one of it’s lakes offers a great place to fish, and often times a great place to camp.

In fact, if you would like to go camping near anyone of our communities there are many opportunities:

Color Tours and Road Trips

Fall is among Michigan’s most popular tourist seasons, offering fun ranging from breathtaking views of multi-colored foliage to isolated outposts on off-season lakes, cider mills, wineries and the iconic fields of frost-covered pumpkins. Highway 2 in the northern peninsula is considered to be one of the most scenic and beautiful roadways there are in this state.

…And leisurely fall drives are among the most popular fall activities, allowing plenty of time to stop at destinations ranging from the wineries of the twin peninsulas stretching north of Traverse City to apple orchards, state forest hiking trails and an expansive trail system perfect for bicycle rides and long walks.

Among the most popular of drives in any season, but especially gorgeous in the fall, is the stretch of M-22 between Arcadia and Frankfort – a route oft-cited among the best drives in the nation. But while the M-22 stretch gets tons of attention, sightseers can’t go wrong with any of the two-lane stretches that link small towns across Michigan. Other popular possibilities include M-31 between Muskegon and Frankfort, M-23 stretching along Lake Huron on the north-east tip of the mitten, M-55 from Cadillac to West Branch across the mitten’s middle and dozens of other state two-lanes.

Lodging options

For those wishing to spend a night or a weekend, lodging options can range from primitive camping sites to four-star hotels, mom-and-pop inns, cozy bed-and-breakfast rooms in historic homes and off-season rentals in manufactured home communities.

Favorite Destinations

Tops for the consideration of tourists are the historic German-themed village of Frankenmuth, known for its famous chicken dinners and the nation’s largest year-round Christmas store; the back-in-time quaintness of Detroit’s Greenfield Village; the bustling art, cuisine, shopping and cultural offerings of Grand Rapids; the classic lumbering-era architecture of Bay City; and spectacular views of one of the world’s longest suspension bridges as seen from Mackinac City at the south and St. Ignace from the north.

Fun awaits off the beaten path

Whether heading for a popular destination like Mackinaw Island, the Irish Hills south of Jackson or the remote isolation of the numerous small towns that dot the upper middle of the mitten, be sure to get off the freeway.
For the guaranteed discovery of serendipity, choose a two-lane state route anywhere in Michigan, keep your eyes open and your speed at a leisurely pace, and discover the joy of hidden treasures as the days grow shorter and the summer’s leaves turn brilliant hues of red, gold, orange and brown.

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