Traverse City's orchards, vineyards, forests, and villages create a beautiful patchwork of orange, crimson, scarlet, and gold. Whichever route you choose, it will be the perfect one for a drive that combines fall color with views of the bay, visits to wineries and roadside fruit stands, and unforgettable meals.
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Is Traverse City fun in the fall?
Fall in Traverse City is one of our four favorite seasons! For us, fall conjures up cozy images of flannels, corn mazes, pumpkins, and fresh apple cider. All these comforts are complemented by a backdrop of stunning and vibrant colors of the trees as they prepare for winter.
When do leaves change color in Traverse City?
Some leaves will start to change color as early as the beginning of September, however, peak colors usually occur in mid-October.
When are the peak fall colors in Traverse City?
Fall colors in Traverse City and the surrounding area typically peak in mid-October. However, seasonal temperatures have a large impact on the timing of the colors and can cause fluctuations of several weeks in either direction. Above-average fall temperatures will cause the colors to peak later than normal, while below-average temperatures will cause the colors to peak earlier.
The good news is that not all the trees in our area peak simultaneously, which allows for slightly more flexibility in timing. Areas near the shoreline tend to be cooler than inland areas, therefore trees near the lakeshore will peak sooner than those further from the coast.