The season in lower Western Michigan for the changing of the color of the leaves. The best viewing begins from around the first week in October all the way through mid-November.
First start on the lower western side of the state. Traveling North up US-31 from St. Joseph and Benton Harbor will give you views of Lake Michigan and all the natural trees Michigan has to offer. You can make stops in South Haven, Glenn Haven Shores, and Sagatuck.
From Sagatuck, you can continue all the way up the Western coast of Michigan going through Muskegon, Ludington, and Manistee. In Manistee, take 55 West through Manistee National Forest. Take 37 North all the way to beautiful Traverse City. From Traverse City, take 72 West through Empire and North on 109 through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Continue East on West Harbor Highway through Glena Arbor continuing through the National Lakeshore. West Harbor turns North into South Manitou Trail. Continue North all the way to Northport and then take 22 South. This is North West Bay Shore Drive. This will take you along the Western side of Grand Traverse Bay and take you through small towns like Crystal Spring. Continue back through Traverse City on 72 along East Traverse Bay. Take Highway 31 North out of Traverse up past Torch Lake to Charlevoix. Continue through Petoskey up US 31 All the way up to Mackinaw City.
The Western side of Michigan truly has beautiful lakes, trees, and small towns that you can enjoy. Many of the towns are great stops for shopping and to maybe catch a glimpse of Michigan’s many lighthouses. Michigan has many state parks and are ideal to view fall foliage and the changing of the colors.