Michigan October 17, 2018
9 Popular Summer Destinations In Michigan That Are Just As Amazing In The Fall
There’s no denying that summer is Michigan’s prime tourist season. After all, it’s tough to resist our state’s gorgeous beaches, stunning sand dunes, and breathtaking outdoor attractions. While summer certainly draws in the crowds, there’s plenty to be said for the beauty of autumn in Michigan. Here are nine lovely destinations that retain their appeal when the leaves begin to change.
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1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
This magical Upper Peninsula destination never seems to lose its charm, regardless of the season. During the fall months, there’s no better place to enjoy a hike along Lake Superior clifftops, head out for a boat tour of the rock formations themselves, or simply enjoy a cup of hot cocoa along the shoreline.
2. Greenfield Village
This historical village in Dearborn is a perfect destination for Michiganders of all ages, particularly those who have an interest in what life was like for generations past. Perhaps you’ve visited Greenfield Village for 4th of July or Christmas celebrations, but this locale also offers fantastic Halloween events and plenty of fall fun. Check out their website
for more information.
3. Mackinac Island
Summertime is undoubtedly the most popular time to explore Michigan’s beloved island, but fall is ideal for those who want to avoid crowds. You’ll still find plenty of restaurants and other attractions open, and the views along the shoreline are perfect for an autumn bike ride. What’s not to love?
4. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
There’s no denying the incredible beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes. After all, it’s impossible to gaze out upon the bright blue waters of Lake Michigan without feeling at least a bit stunned (in the best way possible), and this remains just as true in the fall as it does during summer months. There’s something unforgettable about the bright reds and oranges of fall foliage as they meet the turquoise waves.
5. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
The indoor portion of this popular Grand Rapids attraction offers unique exhibits and all sorts of fascinating plant species to explore year-round, but its outdoor elements are particularly charming during the fall months. On a brisk October afternoon, throw on a sweater and peruse the variety of sculptures, natural attractions, and large-scale art pieces that make Frederik Meijer Gardens such a special spot.
6. Tahquamenon Falls
You’re sure to be blown away by the splendor of this iconic locale, which features a fantastic hike to the falls themselves. As soon as you arrive, gaze at the rushing water and stop to bask in the fall foliage that surrounds you. You’ll certainly want to bring a camera along for this journey: Tahquamenon Falls might just be Michigan’s most photogenic autumn attraction.
7. Ludington State Park
While our Mitten houses an endless array of state parks to explore, there’s something special about Ludington. After all, this sprawling area features firsthand access to Lake Michigan, an amazing campground, a lighthouse, and close proximity to the attractions of downtown Ludington. Those who aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the camping lifestyle of summer will have a blast here.
8. Belle Isle
Venture to Detroit for a fun-filled day at Belle Isle, which offers something for every member of the family. Whether you’re strolling through the island park’s aquarium, checking out greenery in the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, or simply taking in views of the city skyline, you’ll never want to leave.
9. Porcupine Mountains
Take a journey northward for a breathtaking experience in the Upper Peninsula's Porcupine Mountains, which feature hiking trails for visitors of all skill levels. There's something utterly magical about gazing out at Lake of the Clouds as it's surrounded by autumn colors.
Alright, Michiganders: we want to hear from you! Are there any other Michigan destinations that retain their beauty throughout the seasons? Be sure to share your suggestions in the comments below!