2021 Michigan Fall Color Map | Predictions for Peak Leaf Peeping | Best Time to See the Fall Foliage 

2021 Michigan Fall Color Change Predictions for Leaf Peeping | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan 

Are you planning to see Michigan fall colors 2021 but need to know the dates for peak fall colors? 

Grab our fall foliage map with estimated dates for 2021 peek color as the trees change to their gorgeous red, yellow and oranges!   

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

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When Does Fall Start In Michigan?

If you are wondering, "When Does Fall Start in Michigan" or "When is the Best Time for for Fall Colors in Michigan," well, it begins the first or second week of September in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

You will start to see bits of color in the lower Peninsula mid September and it continues until about the 3rd week in October.  

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

We've been asked...

What is the best time to see fall colors in Michigan?

When do leaves change in Michigan?

Depending on region, fall colors begin mid September and continue through about October 25, 2021.

Where are peak fall colors in Michigan?  Check our map below for each region.  Michigan's upper peninsula changes first (around early September) and the Detroit area will change mid October.

Does Michigan have fall colors? Absolutely!  Michigan is absolutely breathtaking throughout the months of September and October.

How long do leaves stay at peak color? 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. 

Why Do Leaves Change Color in The Fall?

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!

See when the peak colors are occurring in cities throughout Michigan! 

  • There are links to each of the cities for more things to do while visiting!

Michigan Fall Colors Map 2021

Below is our Michigan fall colors map for 2021. See the peak fall colors in each region. Find out when is peak fall foliage in Michigan!

Peak Fall Colors Michigan 2021 Map- Updated Oct. 19

Below is our Michigan fall color map 2021.  The fall colors in Michigan are just breathtaking! 


Michigan Fall Color Predictions for the Upper Peninsula: September 12 - September 26, 2021 (partial to peak) We are predicting peak fall colors in the Upper Peninsula Michigan around September 26th! 

Michigan Fall Color Predictions for Northern Michigan (Lower Peninsula):  Peak October 18, 2021-October 25, 2021 (peak).

UPDATE: October 19, 2021 – Full Color in Petoskey, Traverse City area, I was there driving the region.  

Tunnel of Trees UPDATE:  October 18, 2021 was about 70% full color after about 5 miles along the route as I drove it. The first 5 miles were all green.

Come on out and enjoy the Michigan fall foliage! 

Michigan Fall Color Predictions for Mid Michigan (Lower Peninsula): October 25, 2021 (close to peak).  UPDATE Oct 19, 2021: Cadillac is full color. Midland, Bay City, Saginaw regions are 25% full color.

Michigan Fall Color Predictions for South-Southeast Michigan (Lower Michigan): October 10, 2021 (Partial color change) - October 25 (Full Peak). Come on out and enjoy the Michigan fall foliage 2021! This is about the max for peak colors in Michigan. 

Start planning your Michigan Fall Color Tours to bask in the beauty of Michigan's red, yellow and orange changing leaves! 

We hope you enjoy the fall colors in Michigan 2021!

TIP: It is helpful to contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Center to see if the colors have changed before you book or fully plan your road trip!  Weather conditions may cause the leaves to change earlier than intended.

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Also, check out our notes and tips for Mackinac Island!  Did you know Mackinac Island has quite a few hidden places to find that many visitors don't know about? Just this last trip we found a whole hidden area that has outstanding views of the island and the surrounding water. We were just thrilled!

Also, we have lots of information on Mackinac Island hotels and places to stay.  We made a map so you can pick your lodging by your desired location! Here's some info on Mackinaw City too, since I'm sure you will want to check that out too! 

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