#MyManistee Fall Color Updates & Tours

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Four self-guided color tour routes throughout the region

Inland Tour

Coastal Tour

Downtown Manistee

M-22 Scenic Highway

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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.

Inland Fall Color Tour

Taking you along the rolling country roads through the heart of the Manistee National Forest and over the scenic rivers of #MyManistee


HIGHLIGHTS: Iron Fish Distillery | Tunnel of Trees | Historic Sites | Big Manistee River

As you make your way north on US31 our inland route offers a variety of ways to experience fall following less travelled paths. Try taking a winding dirt road through a tunnel of trees, slow down and appreciate the unadulterated landscape of our region and stop along the way to explore some of these terrific destinations.


CURRENT COLOR STATUS

Inland Fall Color Route Status
Updated October 21, 2021 Update


Our inland route is near or at peak for most of the route!  We are going to call it “peak” since we don’t expect to see that vibrant canvas of color this year across the region, but instead, isolated pockets of trees in peak color. With the recent wind and rain, it is dulling the color and knocking the leaves off the trees who were starting to turn. Some are still holding out, but their colors will probably change quickly and fall over the next week or so. If you make your way to the area, bundle up, as temps are dropping, and bring an umbrella, rain is in the forecast for much of the upcoming week. It is still a great time to get out and enjoy some of those fall colors and warm up along our brew and spirits stops on the inland route!

 

Peak Colors along the route LAST year (see our fan photos from last year’s color tour along the route)!

Coastal Fall Color Tour

Taking you along the rolling country roads through the heart of the Manistee National Forest and over the scenic rivers of #MyManistee


HIGHLIGHTS: Onekama & Portage Lake | Artesian Wells | Arcadia Overlook

Voted Best Scenic Autumn Drive by USA Today in 2015, the M22 scenic by-way is a favorite route for the fall color tour along Michigan’s northwest coast. Starting in Manistee traveling north, this route will lead you through charming coastal towns while serving expansive vistas and glimpses of the spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline dressed in the best of fall color. This late season tour won’t disappoint, and be sure to catch these great stops along the way.


CURRENT COLOR STATUS

Coastal Fall Color Route Status
Updated October 21, 2021


Color along the coast is still getting towards peak, but with temps falling, more rain in the forecast, and quite a bit of wind, we don’t expect to see that large landscape of peak fall color like we have in the past. Instead, we anticipated pockets of peak color over the next week or so. There is still plenty to do and see in the area, so dress in layers, bring and umbrella and enjoy the coastal tour this year!

 

Peak Colors along the route LAST year (see our fan photos from last year’s color tour along the route)!

 

Downtown Manistee

No matter what self-guided route you plan to take, they all start in Downtown Manistee, here we have outlined the top #MyManistee destinations you will want to explore this upcoming fall season.


HIGHLIGHTS: Riverwalk | Foodie & Shopping Stops | Historic Theatre & Architectural Sites

Downtown Manistee has one of the finest collections of historic buildings in the State, and there are so many incredible shops and foodie stops to take in when you are charting your course through the Downtown Corridor.  It doesn’t just stop at the shopping, the views of fall color up and down the Manistee River Channel from the Manistee Riverwalk are incredible and if you are lucky, you may even catch a passing great lakes freighter navigating its way through the River Channel.


CURRENT COLOR STATUS

Downtown Fall Color Route Status
Updated October 21, 2021


Downtown Manistee and the surrounding city is showing color but it is still not quite peak yet. There is still a lot of green out there and the recent temperature drop, rain and wind, it is going to be hard to find areas with that large canvas of fall color this year when we turn to peak – instead, you will find pockets of peak color here and there throughout the downtown over the next week or two.

 

Peak Colors along the route LAST year (see our fan photos from last year’s color tour along the route)!

M-22 Scenic Highway & Lake Michigan Coastal Tour

Begin your journey from #MyManistee and meander up the Lake Michigan coastline on the Best Scenic Highway in the United States as voted by USA Today!


HIGHLIGHTS: Arcadia Overlook | Sleeping Bear Dunes | Historic Lighthouses | Fishtown

Voted Best Scenic Autumn Drive by USA Today in 2015, the M22 scenic by-way is a one-two punch of national accreditation. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was also voted “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America.  This 116 mile road will capture everything that Fall Color means in Northern Michigan. Foodie stops galore, quaint shops, artisan goods and so much to see and do.  We can’t wait for you to chart your course along M-22, beginning with a stroll through Manistee!


CURRENT COLOR STATUS

M22 Fall Color Route Status
Updated October 21, 2021


Sip wine, see the sights, climb to the top of an overlook… there is so much to do along M22 during the fall color season. Some of our scenic fall stops are nearing peak, where other stretches are still green and about a week or so away from peak.  The recent rain and wind is not helping hold the color or the leaves, so we don’t anticipate those big picturesque overlooks to have that deep color like we have had in year’s past. Instead, we will probably see pockets of peak color along the route over the next week or so. There is still plenty to see and do along M22, and as we near the end of the fall season, it is a great time to get out and explore!

 

Peak Colors along the route LAST year (see our fan photos from last year’s color tour along the route)!

5 Awesome Ways to Experience Fall Color…

There are more ways to experience fall color than just by car or bike. Here is your TOP 5 #MyManistee “Unique Ways to Explore Fall” this fall color season in Northern Michigan.


 

1) Scenic Airplane Tour

Take a Scenic Airplane Ride with Orchard Beach Aviation. With multiple routes to choose from, you can fly over the woods and water of #MyManistee and along the Lake Michigan Coastline.  Book your trip in advance, they book up fast!

2) Paddle one of our Rivers

Have you ever paddled down one or our rivers during the fall color season?  If you have yet to experience one of these rivers in the fall, make this year, the year you try one of them out.  The Big Manistee River is wide and easy flowing and perfect for all experience levels.  The Little Manistee is perfect for anyone looking for a quick trip (plus you can check out the Manistee Weir, a popular fall spot), or you can try the Pine, a scenic waterway and excellent fall color river along our inland route.

3) Relax at Iron Fish Distillery

It is a popular destination in Manistee County all year long.  Iron Fish features a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, set right on the farm where the crops are grown that go right into your drinks and fare.  With plenty of room to spread out, their outdoor area is welcoming and is perfect for anyone looking to relax somewhere – while being in the middle of no where.

4) Little Manistee Weir

This unique destination in the southern edge of Manistee County on the banks of the Little Manistee River is a DNR egg-take and salmon harvest facility. The weir is used to block fish on the Little Manistee River in the spring and fall of the year. Steelhead eggs are taken in the spring and chinook salmon eggs are taken in the fall at the Little Manistee River weir. The eggs taken at the weir are sent to state fish hatcheries where they are reared and stocked all over Michigan. Eggs are also supplied to several other states.

5) G&D Alpaca & Deb’s Boutique

Found just south of Downtown Manistee, G&D Alpaca is a great spot to enjoy time with the family.  G&D Alpaca is an alpaca farm and alpaca goods boutique. This beautiful place allows you to get right up and close with the alpacas while enjoying the walking trail, and u-pick wildflower area.

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