26 Best Fall Color Driving Routes in West Michigan

Best West Michigan Fall Color Drives

Just how many ways are there to view this splendor of autumn’s pallet? West Michigan travelers have an abundance of ways to enjoy the show, either by car, train, boat, bicycle, hot air balloon rides, at festivals, hiking, on golf courses and luxury resorts, or historic highways.

Many of these “old roads” cut through great forests of hardwoods and pines and make perfect color tours, and some are state-designated scenic routes. From 40 miles to 140 miles, there’s a day trip perfect for everyone. Read on to view a listing of 26 scenic driving routes and print detailed directions for each.

For step by step instructions of each map, feel free to click the “View larger map” link beneath each driving route!


#1. New Buffalo Tour: 165 miles (3h 25m)


#2. Centreville Tour: 131 miles (2h 43m)


#3. Jackson Tour: 111 miles (2h 26m)


#4. Lansing Tour: 170 miles (3h 51m)


#5. South Haven Tour: 97 miles (2h 11m)


#6. Allegan Tour: 35 miles (46m)


#7. Holland Tour: 53 miles (1h 22m)


#8. Grand Haven Tour: 70 miles (1h 46m)


#9. Grand Rapids Tour: 75 miles (1h 35m)


#10. Ada Tour: 111 miles (2h 18m)


#11. Big Rapids Tour: 128 miles (2h 41m)


#12. Fremont Tour: 116 miles (2h 31m)


#13. Muskegon Tour: 49 miles (1h 12m)


#14. Montague Tour: 61 miles (1h 17m)


#15. Ludington Tour: 50 miles (1h 22m)


#16. Clare Tour: 39 miles (51m)


#17. Cadillac Tour: 70 miles (1h 35m)


#18. Manistee Tour: 81 miles (1h 52m)


#19. Frankfort Tour: 171 miles (3h 48m)


#20. Grayling Tour: 101 miles (2h 1m)


#21. Kalkaska Tour: 74 miles (1h 35m)


#22. Elk Rapids Tour: 56 miles (1h 15m)


#23. Gaylord Tour: 126 miles (2h 44m)


#24. Petoskey Tour: 107 miles (2h 23m)


#25. Mackinac Island Ferry Docks Tour (No Cars!)


#26. Beaver Island Ferry Docks Tour: 11 miles (18m)