Fall has arrived in West Michigan!
When the leaves begin to change, and the air is crisp and refreshing, West Michigan comes alive. Hike in a forest of vibrantly colored leaves, pick your own apples, and take a scenic backroad to enjoy the beauty of Fall in West Michigan.
Scroll down for information on some of our favorite Fall activities in West Michigan to help celebrate the season.
The White River Light Station is open to the public from 11am to 4pm daily through October 25th. Come visit and climb this historic landmark. Built in 1875, this wonderful iconic light welcomes visitors to her museum, keepers work shop, gift shop, beautiful grounds, and to climb the tower. The lighthouse staff is taking all precautions during this Covid-19 period to ensure visitor safety. Guests are required to wear masks when visiting inside. For more information visit www.splka.org.
Cool evenings, cozy sweaters, crisp apples, and a glorious display of fall foliage can only mean one mean thing: It’s Fall Color Tour time! We’ve compiled a weekend itinerary full of your favorite Fall things. From apple picking to hard cider and wine tasting, 17+ miles of trails, kayaking under a canopy of exploding colors along the Grand River, baby animals, unique lodging, dining suggestions, craft beverages, and more! Plan your road trip today!
Students have taken Mackinac Island field trips for decades. Even though school outings aren’t happening due to COVID-19, your family can still make a fun, educational visit this fall. With many schools holding virtual classes, now is a great time to sneak away for real-life learning the entire family can enjoy. Come discover something new on beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. We’ve even put together a lesson plan for your trip!
Just when you think it can’t get any better, fall arrives in West Michigan. With it, the air turns crisp and cool, the trees take on a brilliant palette of rusty hues, and of course, new adventures abound. Fall is gorgeous in the White Lake area. Take advantage of the Depot to Depot Color Tour, which brings all of the best scenic drives into one trip for your enjoyment. During a White Lake fall, the weather’s still perfect for an array of outdoor activities. Play a round of golf, shop exceptional seasonal sales and unique dining in downtown Montague and Whitehall, or rent bikes and kayaks while skipping the long lines. Learn more about where to stay and where to eat while you’re here.
Mackinac Island in Autumn means magnificently colorful views, end of season sales, open trails, meandering bike rides, romantic dinners, and scenic carriage tours. Treat yourself to a slice of fresh pumpkin fudge. Roast s’mores at the chimeneas on the lawn or play chess by the lobby fireplace. Guests relish an unparalleled view while rocking on the veranda as horses trot by on the street, and freighters glide through the Straits. Yet, just a short walk to Mackinac Island’s shopping, dining, and attractions. Book your fall getaway at Island House Hotel today!
Fall in Mt. Pleasant means changing colors, fall flavors, and family fun! Get ready to hear the community’s rally cry, “Fire Up Chips!” as you explore the small town this fall. The return of fall brings back some of our favorite things we missed during the summer months. Enjoy doughnuts, cider, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. Explore the riverfront, hike the area trails, find the elusive mountain at Bundy Hill Preserve, or float the Chippewa River for a fall color tour via kayak or canoe.
Enjoy our great lodging facilities, most with complimentary breakfast. Excite your taste buds at one of our area restaurants, many with outside seating, amazing wineries, and great breweries. Experience our trails, waterways, golf courses, and farmers markets. Explore a color tour, corn maze, quilt block, or other specialty tour. Everything for your fall getaway can be found at BigRapids.org or the Mecosta County Welcome Center at 127 S. State Street, Big Rapids.
Pumpkins and honeycrisp apples are available for U-Pick and you’ll find fresh apple cider and donuts at Overhiser Orchards. Make your way through the corn maze, visit the animals of the petting zoo, and find more family fun on the farm!
Surround yourself by a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors at Crystal Mountain in northern Michigan. Stay in some of the Midwest’s finest accommodations with lodging starting at only $109 per night. Play 36 holes of championship golf, relax at our Crystal Spa, take a chairlift ride, enjoy our restaurants and shops, and hike the Michigan Legacy Art Park. During your stay, explore nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City area, and wineries. Get details and book your fall getaway today.
There is no better way to experience the wineries than by bike. Grand Traverse Bike Tours offers guided and self-guided tours to safely experience the wineries off the paved Leelanau Trail. Enjoy a wine tour like no other!
Take a step back in time to 19th-early 20th century pioneer life at Historic White Pine Village and explore maritime history with digital storytelling, authentic images and artifacts, and engaging interactive exhibits at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum in Ludington.
The best of fall color is heading to northern Michigan! Autumn’s display is estimated to peak early October when the whole area is also covered in vibrant colors. Pack your cozy sweater, and head out to the country roads and scenic overlooks where you’ll always have front row seats. Even better, if you plan your visit with a Traverse City Fab Fall package you’ll save on lodging, dining, and activities. Don’t miss your window to fall in love with fall!
Remote and wild, rugged and beautiful…The Keweenaw is calling. Explore vast forests transitioning from vibrant greens to hues of gold, amber, and red along the coast of Lake Superior. Learn more at www.Keweenaw.info.
As the cooler temperatures and sunny days lead to changing leaves, it’s a beautiful time to get outside and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer in West Michigan’s Coldwater Country. Ride the rails with the Little River Railroad, paddle the area’s 100+ freshwater lakes, or meander through the Amish countryside. Explore timeless Victorian downtowns and countless antique shops in Michigan’s Antique Capital – Allen, before catching a double feature at the Capri Drive-In. All perfect opportunities to be socially distanced, naturally, while enjoying fall in Coldwater Country.
Explore aviation history, space travel, and everything science in-between with immersive, hands-on experiences at the Air Zoo. New exhibits await. Take on a journey of discovery in Alien Worlds & Androids as you learn about space exploration and alien life! More of a history buff? Amelia Earhart: Adventurous Aviatrix is a wonderful new, 3-D, multimedia exhibition everyone will enjoy. Open 7 days a week just south of I-94 on Sprinkle Rd, Exit 78. Come imagine, explore and discover with us!
Autumn is the perfect time to visit beautiful Downtown Holland, located just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan. Stroll the cobblestone streets as the colors change and explore over 100 locally-owned boutiques, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Be sure to pick up the all new “Fall In Love” Shopping and Dining Passport throughout October, and enter for a chance to win a free weekend getaway to Downtown Holland thanks to GreenRidge Realty!
Summer may be over, but the Holland Farmers Market in Downtown Holland is still in full swing! The Market is open at the Eighth Street Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00am – 2:00pm, rain or shine! Shop for Michigan-grown produce and plants, along with bread and other baked goods, meat, cheese, honey, maple syrup, jam, and so much more. It’s your one-stop destination for all your fall décor needs too, with pumpkins, squash, gourds, and corn shocks galore!
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan with miles of beachfront and endless forests, Ludington offers a quintessential “Up North” experience close by. At the intersection of U.S. 31 and U.S. 10, Ludington is a quick, accessible getaway on one tank of gas. Whether cruising country roads taking in the changing colors, casting a line in a river, enjoying the outdoors by foot or by paddle, or just simply relaxing with a craft beer, there is something for everyone. If you’re ready for a breath of fresh air and some relaxation this fall, then a getaway to the Ludington Area is just what you need. Take advantage of sweet deals like 50% off a second night stay this fall.
Enjoy picturesque vineyard views backdropped by changing leaves & the crystal blue water of both Grand Traverse Bays. Make reservations now to enjoy a glass or flight of wine on one of our two beautiful patios. If you’d prefer a more immersive experience, join us for a multi-course wine dinner. Our brand new, harvest-inspired menu, features five delicious courses prepared in-house by our talented Chef de Cuisine, Chris Mushall, each expertly paired with delicious Michigan wine. Experience autumn at Chateau Chantal.
When you’re traveling again, you are invited to be our guest at Harbor Lights Resort on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. We’re right on the beach — and just a short walk from great dining, shopping, movies, and more – in the heart of downtown Frankfort. Plan to come relax, unwind, and play in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
Cheboygan is uniquely situated between the Straits of Mackinaw and two of the five largest inland lakes in the State of Michigan. Connecting those lakes with the straits is 40 miles of the iconic Inland Waterway. Cheboygan County also has more miles of trails than any other county in the state, making the area a bucket list destination for hunters, anglers, campers, hikers, bird watchers, and all kinds of nature enthusiasts. Add a color tour for a perfect Cheboygan day!