The Wolverine State is full of natural wonders, and autumn is one of the best times to visit. With so many places to see across the state, where should you go to view fall colors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? That’s a good question. And we have the answers for you! From the mountains to the shores of Lake Superior, we compiled a list of our favorite places to see the fall foliage bloom in the wild and wonderful world of the UP!
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The Best Places to See Fall Colors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
When it comes to viewing fall colors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a trek through the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park should be at the top of your list of places to visit. This incredible park is full of miles of hiking trails, breathtaking shoreline, and several overlooks boasting amazing photo opportunities. If you only have a limited amount of time here, make sure you stop by the Lake of the Clouds Overlook for unparalleled views of the blanket of fall colors below.
This quaint village sits on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Superior. Whitefish Point offers a beautiful setting to take in the fall foliage in the Upper Peninsula with its whitewashed buildings huddled together along the lakeshore. The contrast of colors makes it look like a tiny New England fishing town. You can also check out a small lighthouse that provides ships with a beacon as they make their way in between Canada and the Wolverine State.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park offers visitors some of the most breathtaking views in the UP. The fall colors combined with the cascading falls make for the perfect photo op. Take a ferry to the island separating the Lower Falls for an even better up-close look at the Upper Falls.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
If you want to travel along the coast of the UP, it doesn’t get much better than Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The fall colors bring out the best of this incredible landscape. Bright yellows, reds, and oranges line the tops of the rocky cliffs in one of the best displays of fall foliage in the country. The many waterfalls pouring into the lake add to the stunning sight. Don’t forget your camera!
The Keweenaw Peninsula is just north of the Porcupine Mountains and is chock full of small towns and lakes. These charming villages are perfect spots to stop and grab a picnic lunch before heading out to enjoy the fall colors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Houghton, Copper County State Forest, and Lake Roland are the main highlights along the M-26 state highway.
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