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Top 5 Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

Fall has officially arrived and Michigan has the perfect scenery for it. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to cross day trips off the calendar. We have come up with the top 5 drives to take this fall to enjoy every aspect of fall. 

  1. M-37

M-37 offers you the perfect mix of fall colors, beautiful views, wineries, and more. This 22 mile long narrow road will give you views of water both to the east and west.

Known as: Old Mission Peninsula

Location: Baldwin to Traverse City

Scenery: Fall foliage, Orchards, Wineries, and Forests

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M-22 is 116 miles of scenic highway along Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula. From quaint towns to wineries, you’ll understand why this route is often called “The Most Beautiful Place in America”.

Known as: The Most Beautiful Place in America

Location: Northwest Lower Peninsula (Manistee to Traverse City)

Scenery: Fall foliage, Wineries, Fish Towns, Forests, and Beaches

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Take a fall drive along M-119 and you are destined to be mesmerized by the autumn leaf colors in this tunnel of trees. Enjoy 20 miles along Lake Michigan as you make your way through a tunnel of trees along sharp turns and curvy roads.

Known as: The Tunnel of Trees

Location: Along the Lake Michigan shoreline – Harbor Springs to Cross Village

Scenery: Fall foliage, Tree Tunnels, Forests, Beaches,

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This gorgeous “sunrise” ride has you outlining the top of the Michigan mitten. You will get to take in all of the beautiful scenery Northern Michigan has to offer. This 200 mile stretch along Lake Huron has sights, stops, and scenery that you will never forget.

Known as: Sunrise Coast

Location: 200-stretch from Standish to Mackinaw City

Scenery: Fall foliage

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Who knew that there is such a scenic route so close to Detroit? Huron River Drive offers the beautiful fall scenery we dream of while staying close to home. Enjoy this route starting out in Ann Arbor.

Location: Ann Arbor to Dexter

Scenery: Fall foliage, Trails, and River

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