Michigan’s Top 5 Fall Foliage Scenic Drives

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. It’s still the best way to enjoy an adventurous weekend while maintaining social distance and keeping your family safe. We have come up with the top five fall foliage drives to enjoy every aspect of the changing season and beautiful colors.


M-37 offers 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 colors in this tunnel of trees. Enjoy 20 miles following Lake Michigan as you make your way through the two-lane road that seems to create a tunnel from the trees surrounding it 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-mile 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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All of these drives are certainly bucket list items to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful fall foliage! For more fall fun, check out some pumpkin patches or cider mills!


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