Michigan Fall Color FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions!

Colorful changing trees!Michigan Fall Color FAQ'S

Michigan Fall Color Frequently Asked Questions | By Sherry Trautman | Last Updated September 3, 2022 | Traveling Michigan 

Grab our fall foliage map with estimated dates for peek fall colors as the trees change to their gorgeous red, yellow and oranges each year!  We get asked lots of questions so keep reading our Michigan Fall Color FAQ's below! 

Leaf peeping is absolutely breathtaking throughout northern Michigan, upper peninsula and lower peninsula.

Question 1: When Does Fall Color Start In Michigan?


It all depends on the weather and your location in Michigan!

  • How it can vary: If you are visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the trees will change about 3 weeks earlier than if you were visiting lower Michigan. 

So generally speaking, you might see full peak color in Michigan's Upper Peninsula the end of September while full peak in lower Michigan is mid October.  See map below.

Michigan Fall Color Map for this Year

Question 2: What is the Best Time to See Fall Colors in Michigan? When Do Leaves Change in Michigan?

Answer: Michigan is a very large state and the climate can change over the extreme North and South regions of the state.  Depending on the region and weather, fall colors begin mid September and continue through mid October. See our color map for this year.

Question 3: Where is the Best Fall Color in Michigan?

Answer: Our favorite places to see the fall colors are:

  • Tunnel of trees
  • Tahquamenon Falls area
  • Road H-58 in the UP from Munising to Grand Marais
  • Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor 

So guys, as life long Michiganders, we absolutely LOVE seeing the fall colors in Michigan!  Here are a few of our great ideas!

More Michigan Fall Color FAQ Questions!

Question 4: Where are Peak Fall Colors in Michigan?

Answer: Check our Michigan Fall Color Predictions map for current upper and lower peninsula predictions. 

Question 5: Does Michigan Have Fall Colors?

Answer: Absolutely! Michigan is absolutely breathtaking throughout the months of September and October.  See our regions and peeking map

Question 6: How Long Do Leaves Stay at Peak Color?

 Answer: Generally, the leaves (per region) stay at peak color for about two weeks so be sure to plan your trip early and book your hotels as they fill up very early. 

Questions 7: Why Do Leaves Change Color in The Fall?

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Answer: Per the American Forests Blog, leaves get their green color from a chemical called chlorophyll.  Tree leaves also have orange and yellow pigments called carotenoids.

During the warmer months, these colors are masked by all the chlorophyll active inside the leaves.

However...as temperatures begin to drop in the fall, chlorophyll production is reduced so reds, yellows and oranges are revealed.  Cool, huh!

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