#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.


Inland Fall Color Route Status
Updated Mid-September, 2020

As we hit middle September, we see the usually “early turners” along our inland route. Some trees here and there, but as you can see from the photos from our users, color is still mostly green in our area.  Low overnight temps will start to help push that color though, so we hope you start planning as we are expecting great colors come early October!

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.


Coastal Fall Color Route Status
Updated Mid-September, 2020

Color along the coast is still pretty green, however, you get a few clearings with a panoramic view and you will see that tree that is in full color, but if we had to put a number to it, we would say we are still early with the usual “early turners” starting to show the season.  We expect some beautiful color in the next few weeks though, so start planning and check out the latest photos here from our users along the coastal routes!

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.


Downtown Fall Color Route Status
Updated Mid-September, 2020

There are a few trees starting to show color along the Downtown riverfront and in the City of Manistee, but for the most part, it is still very green, and pretty early. We do expect color to really start changing in a couple weeks though! Start planning now so you are ready!

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!


M22 Fall Color Route Status
Updated Mid-September, 2020

The Costal Communities along M22 are gearing up for a busy fall season. The color is still pretty green in most spots, but there are some signs of color on the northern portions of the route.  We are a few weeks away from great color yet, but start planning now!

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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