It's the moment everyone (including us) has been waiting for: peak fall color is here! There are plenty of stops along the way to view breathtaking lakes, brilliant foliage, and charming small towns.

So far we have seen the popping yellows, oranges, and reds in Benzie County, downtown Traverse City, and The Village at the Grand Traverse Commons but here are a few places to add to your list to see fall color.


A scenic drive you really can't miss when visiting, M-22 makes for the perfect backdrop with so much beautiful scenery. Make a stop in the villages of Suttons Bay, Northport, and Leland for some dining and shopping options before heading to the top of the Leelanau Peninsula to hike around the Grand Traverse Lighthouse

This is also the perfect opportunity to stop by the Traverse Wine Coast on the Leelanau Peninsula for a glass of our award-winning wine. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Finding autumn color at the Sleeping Bear Dunes isn't always easy but it will be worth it when you do see it. The key is to find a spot where you can take in the views of the sand and the water without missing out on the foliage down below. Some trails we would suggest are Alligator Hill, Pyramid Point, and the Sleeping Bear Point Trail

Old Mission Peninsula

Take the hills of M-37 on the Old Mission Peninsula for some fall color landscapes. Take the road to the top of the peninsula for a hike at the Mission Point Lighthouse but be sure to stop at the lookout by Chateau Grand Traverse winery to catch a sunset or a view of the vineyards.