Know When to Go: Peak Times for Fall Color Tours Across Michigan
While every season in Michigan has something to appreciate, the multi-colored beauty of fall is truly magical.
If you’re planning a fall color tour, you’ll want to know when your destination will hit its peak color. Although the timing of the most vibrant fall colors varies from year to year, this chart provides typical peak color times in the state:
Western Upper Peninsula
|Mid-September to early October|
Mid-Upper Peninsula and northern lower Michigan
Late September to mid-October
Most of Mid- to southern Lower Peninsula
Early to mid-October
|Lower Peninsula’s West Coast and parts of the East Coast|
Mid- to late-October
The U.S. Forest Service website tracks the progression of fall color across the country. The best fall color happens when days are clear and sunny and nights are cool.
The color develops as the trees break down the chlorophyll to prepare for winter. Pigments of the red, yellow, orange, and purple colors you see in the fall are always present in the leaves, but are overpowered by the green of the chlorophyll. As the green goes away with the chlorophyll, we’re left with beautifully vibrant landscapes before the leaves drop.
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Photo credit: Rachel Kramer