We can’t say that we know of any “bad” place to enjoy fall in Michigan, but the Awesome Mitten contributors have been blessed to explore some pretty amazing places during the fall months, and we’re eager to visit many of them ourselves.
From the shores of Lake Superior to the local breweries of Southwest Michigan, our writers will have you dreaming of a fall you’ll never forget… and you might discover a new-to-you town to go visit along the way!
P.S. If we miss your favorite fall destination in Michigan, be sure to comment below and let us know where you like to enjoy fall in Michigan!
Fall in Munising (Upper Peninsula Michigan)
As we consider the best times to catch the changing colors of fall, we start our fall destination feature in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The town of Munising along Lake Superior is best known for its waterfalls and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It is also home to the Au Sable Lighthouse.
Breath-taking beauty awaits you at every turn during fall in Munising. Whether you go for a drive through a canopy of color, you brave the chilly water of Lake Superior for a water-view of the golden topped cliffs, or you hike to one of the area’s majestic waterfalls, you will stand in awe of the beauty of fall in this deciduous tree-laden paradise.
Fall in Alpena (Northern Michigan)
As the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Alpena is the place where history and heritage collide with relaxed outdoor adventure. With its claim to fame being its position on the 45th Parallel (halfway between the North Pole and the Equator), Alpena is situated on the shores of Lake Huron in northern Michigan and is home to the nation’s only freshwater marine sanctuary.
Centrally located to 7 lighthouses, and boasting 1000+miles of shoreline, 43K+ acres of state forest land, 300K+ acres of open water, and more than 2 dozen parks, Alpena is a must-explore fall destination in northern Michigan.
Fall in Ludington (West Michigan)
Fall is one of the most magical times of the year in Ludington on the shores of Lake Michigan. Colors of orange, red, and green pop out against the evergreens, sandy beaches, and bright blues of the sky above and waters below.
Activities such as golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing are popular pastimes during the fall months. And you won’t want to miss an autumn sunset overlooking Lake Michigan during your visit to Ludington!
Fall in Ypsilanti (Southeast Michigan)
Just east of Ann Arbor along the I-94 corridor, the Huron River runs through the town of Ypsilanti. Riverside Park, a nearly 14-acre park along the Huron River connects downtown Ypsilanti with Depot Town and is full of fall color during the months of October and November.
“Ypsi”, as it’s affectionately known, has a rich history, which shines through in its vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes – and is inspiring a resurgence of visitors from near and far. Two main districts, Downtown and Depot Town, are historic areas infused with innovative, bohemian, locally-driven businesses. Sometimes overlooked because of its more famous neighbor (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Ypsilanti has its own inimitable, groovy, authentic ambiance worthy of a weekend fall getaway.
Fall in Kalamazoo (Southwest Michigan)
Named one of the top 10 affordable outdoorsy cities in the country, Kalamazoo is a perfect fall destination for Michiganders. Just 45 minutes from Lake Michigan in the southwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, this vibrant city has something for everyone to enjoy this fall.
Whether you take a hike through one of the many nature centers, visit a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard, or meander through the streets of downtown Kalamazoo, you’ll be invigorated by the fresh air of fall in this beautiful city.
More Fall in Michigan
We LOVE fall in Michigan and are excited for you to explore this amazing time of year with us. In fact, we’ve pulled together 15 Must-Visit Fall in Michigan Places, a guide to the best things to do in fall in Michigan, and more fall fun in Michigan articles that you won’t want to miss!