For those looking to take fall color tours across northern MIchigan, we are starting to hit the peak season in many areas.
Some in the inner-most Northern Lower have been seeing great color for a couple weeks now - the Gaylord/Wolverine/Vanderbilt/Hillman areas hit peak later in September through early/mid-October.
Early through mid-October brings peak leaf color season to the E. U.P. and inland areas of the L.P. At this time, the E. U.P. is considered to be in peak color, while the Northern Lower will see that peak begin this week.
Some particular places people recommend visiting are the lighthouses in the E. U.P., and driving along M-123 and Skyline Drive. Tahquamenon Falls is another fall favorite.
Inland Northern Lower areas are beginning to see more and more color, and some recommended areas for driving are along US-10 or M-115. Areas seeing more color include Cadillac, Grayling, and Alcona.
Locations closer to the lakes (and areas further south) are going to hit peak color in mid-late October - so if you can't get out this week you have a little longer to still see great colors! Areas expected to hit peak within the next week or two include Charlevoix, Petoskey, the Traverse Bay region, areas in the Central Lower, and all along the Lake Huron side as well. Ocqueoc Falls, located in Presque Isle County, is the largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsula, and is a preferred fall visit area.
This being said, color is popping up everywhere across Northern Michigan, and just because you aren't at a certain location during peak, doesn't mean you'll be at all disappointed!