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Fall for Fall in Northern Michigan
Fall in Northern Michigan is spectacular for a fall color tour- our foliage highlights the autumn season at its best. The colors of fall Up North are what you think of when you picture fall: a combination of blue skies and crisp air with the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows of the countryside.
You always hear about the autumns in New England, but they’ve got nothing on us here in Northern Michigan! An October afternoon drive along our country roads bring you face-to-face with nature’s magnificence. The tastes of the season are abundant at local Oktoberfest celebrations, harvest festivals, and old-fashioned barn dances. Warm cider, sweet doughnuts, and fresh, crunchy apples fill your senses with fall’s goodness. Now is the time to take a hayride, hike in a Northern Michigan park, or visit a local pumpkin patch. The crisp air up north is a refreshing change after summer’s heat, and many of us start gathering wood to keep us warm during the upcoming winter months. Autumn in Northern Michigan- this is where you want to be!
Visit the many farmer’s markets or Charlevoix’s Apple Fest, stock up on fresh apples and cider, get the bike out for a long ride in the colorful woods, and perhaps enjoy a quiet beach day when Indian Summer strikes. Fall is not to be missed in Northern Michigan.
And there are lots of great Halloween activities scheduled throughout Northern Michigan, as well!
From haunted houses to trick or treating, Northern Michigan is full of Halloween’s fun activities during October.
Skitoberfest celebrates the best of fall’s family offerings in an Oktoberfest style setting., all at amazing Boyne Mountain!
Apple Fest. Held each year on the second weekend of October, Apple Fest turns downtown Charlevoix into a festive and fun place to be.
Northern Michigan grows the best. Our Farmers Markets are open from late spring to fall, from cherries, to potatoes, to sweet corn, and more.
Boyne City’s Harvest Festival is held each September and fills the downtown with music, crafts, and fall produce.
The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a gathering of nationally known presenters for a celebration of their books and the stories.
Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan
Historic Mill Creek Discover Park has 625 acres along Lake Huron, 3.5 miles of hiking trails, a reconstructed saw mill, mill dam, and more.
This Inland Waterway covers 38.2 miles from outside of Petoskey to Cheboygan. Find state parks, fishing, swimming, and more along the way.
The many ski resorts in Northern Michigan have winter activities for the entire family including sledding, sleigh rides, tubing, and more.
Bicyclists, walkers, and roller bladers can go from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix on the 26-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway.
Built during World War II to haul heavy materials during the winter, the Icebreaker Mackinaw was in service for 62 years then became a museum.
The North Country Trail is the longest trail in the U.S. and stretches from North Dakota to New York, passing through Northern Michigan.
With miles of scenic trails terrain and local snowmobile clubs, Northern Michigan is the place to bring the snow sleds in the winter.
Get the sleds and the skates out, put on the cold weather clothes, and enjoy sledding and ice skating in Northern Michigan.
Northern Michigan has many varied settings for kayaking- whether it by river, one of the inland lakes, or Lake Michigan,
Wilderness State Park’s 2,582 acres of natural area and 4,492 acres of wilderness area make this a great place to explore all year ’round.