Author: Jillian Manning

Jillian Manning is the Executive Director at the National Writers Series. She loves exploring Northern Michigan, getting lost in a good book, and catching a Traverse City sunset.

Peak color is here in northern Michigan! We'll get to enjoy the gorgeous reds, golds, and oranges over the next week or two, as the color migrates toward the water. Inland forests change colors first up here, with the lake and bays protecting the trees closer to the shoreline.

This first full week of October is looking gorgeous in northern Michigan. The leaves are about halfway through their color turn, so you'll still see a hint of summer green among the red, orange, and gold. The forecast is beautiful too, with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s expected for the next 7-10 days.

Fall color is on its way to northern Michigan! As you drive the rolling hills of Old Mission Peninsula, cruise along M-22, or head toward downtown Traverse City for shopping and dinner, you'll see bright spots of red, orange, and gold in the trees. We're still about a week (two at most) from peak fall color, but a cooler week of weather promises a glorious coming soon. 


The northern Michigan area is home to dozens of incredible attractions, like the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and the region’s many freshwater beaches. But whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, there’s still more to explore. Let’s get to know some of the Traverse City area’s hidden gems.

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