Manistee County Coastal Fall Color Tour

Manistee County is home to diverse fall color. With the seasonal temperatures, Lake Michigan and inland terrain variations, we have “two” fall color seasons that are usually about a week or so apart with the inland terrain peaking prior to the coastline peaking.  This is great for tourists and locals alike, as they get a little more enjoyment of our regions spectacular fall foliage.

Points of Interest

Scenic Fall Color Flights

Anticipated Tour Time (hours)

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Coastal Fall Color Route Status
Updated August, 2020

Our coastal communities have enjoyed a beautiful and warm summer this season.  With that, we are expecting a great fall color show to be on display once October hits. Although we cannot predict exactly when peak color will be hitting the area, we do know that Manistee County is fortunate to have two seasons of fall color. The higher inland elevations sees peak about a week or two before the coast.  Check back here as we will keep you updated with live fall color updates all season long.


Explore with our recommended route map

To explore all of the points of interest and recommended driving route along the Lake Michigan Coastline, download the .pdf here to access turn-by-turn directions and additional information about each point of interest.


Access your FREE 2020 Fall Color Guide to #MyManistee 

Get ready for Fall in Northern Michigan! Access 4 complete color routes, with dozens of great places to stop along the way.  Explore rivers, lakes and panoramic views of fall color. We take all of the guess work out of Fall Color in Northern Michigan with this guide.  Access wineries, distilleries, breweries, Made in Michigan shops and some incredible natural wonders, historic sites and our beautiful downtown.