There is no better destination to experience fall than Michigan's incredible destinations. While other vacationers prefer spending hot summers splashing on its gorgeous beaches, there is something so magical about fall there. First is the state’s spectacular foliage, followed by incredible fall celebrations in its small towns, attracting many travelers once the season kicks in. Michigan is brimming with fantastic outdoor opportunities, perfect for fall, thanks to the good weather. From scenic drives to corn mazes to pumpkin patches, here are the ten bucket-list fall experiences not to be missed in Michigan.
10 Pick Some Apples At A Local Orchard
With the numerous apple orchards spread across the state, Michigan is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for apple picking in the fall. One of the places not to miss when it comes to this activity is Charlevoix, which comes with Apple Fest, celebrated annually to make the season exciting. The celebrations are lively, and travelers will experience almost everything, including live entertainment by the water and magnificent arts & crafts. Don't forget to visit one of the most impressive cideries, Yates Cider Mill, for an apple cider!
9 Explore Michigan’s Wineries
Michigan is home to more than 100 wineries and wine trails offering incredible experiences, especially during fall. Travelers can choose to go on self-guided tours or guided options and explore the state’s routes connecting different fantastic vineyards. A winery sleepover is a great way of experiencing the best Michigan has to offer. Some of the trails to explore include the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Vacationers can book one of the beautiful winery inns, most of which come with private wine tastings, gourmet breakfasts, and fireplaces to keep the rooms warm.
8 Go Hiking The Wild Spots In Michigan
Hiking becomes more interesting in fall as the wild places in the state are filled with beautiful colors of fall foliage, and the views are spectacular! There are more than 13,000 miles of incredible hiking trails in the state parks and forests. With the many hiking trails offering numerous outdoor opportunities, breathtaking views, and magnificent fall foliage, it can be hard to choose a specific one to hike in the fall. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore have some of the most impressive hiking trails to explore in the fall.
7 Join The Locals In Celebrating Oktoberfest
When already in Michigan, there is no need to travel elsewhere in the name of celebrating Oktoberfest, as the state offers the best of the festival. The celebration is always filled with varieties of drinks, several tasty international cuisines, colorful clothing to represent the culture, accordingly, and live music. The best place to catch Oktoberfest in Michigan is Frankenmuth, no wonder it’s nicknamed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.’’ Travelers will definitely have a wonderful time celebrating with the locals in Frankenmuth.
6 Go Fishing At One Of Michigan’s Beautiful Rivers
With abundant breathtaking fall colors, fall fishing in this pristine state offers something for every vacationer. Fish enjoy cooler temperatures making most of them start releasing eggs using the shallow points of the rivers. This is why fall is the best season for fishing because they appear in the rivers' more exposed areas. With over 145 fish species calling Michigan's rivers their home, it is important to know exactly the kind of species one is going for. Salmon, perch, brown trout, northern pike, lake whitefish, and smallmouth bass are some of the most common species in fall.
5 Ride Along Michigan’s Scenic Drives
Michigan’s undeniable natural beauty has drawn travelers for years, and since the automobile came into existence, road trippers have been tempted by the state's scenic drives. With four magnificent Great Lakes, incredible inland waterways and lakes, and 20 National and State Byways, Michigan's scenic drives are second to none! With the arrival of autumn, the spectacular fall foliage makes the state even more breathtaking. Whether on a motorbike, cycling, or choosing to pack an entire family in an SUV, Michigan’s fall colors are best experienced on its incredible scenic drives.
4 Pick Some Pumpkins
A fall vacation is never complete without visiting a pumpkin patch and having the most wonderful experience because Michigan’s patches have it all! From fun zones where children can play around to spots designed for adults to do some wine tasting and take hard cider, patches in this state have something for every traveler. One is bound to find bonfires and live entertainment in some. These farms have pumpkins in all sizes to suit every vacationer’s fall needs.
3 Explore A Local Farmers Market
One of Michigan's major industries is agriculture, which is also a major source of delicious food. Michigan's farmers' markets offer the freshest produce, including vegetables and fruits coming straight from the farms. These farmers' markets have unique features that differentiate them from one another, but all are bound to delight travelers in certain ways. The Eastern Market has been offering goods to the locals since 1841 and has become the locals’ favorite. Vacationers will find sausages, blooming flowers, and certain vegetables in this market in autumn. Another good farmers market to check out is Flint Farmers’ Market.
2 Get Lost In A Corn Maze
It is always exciting to visit pumpkin patches and apple orchards, but there is something unique about finding one's way in a corn maze. Both kids and adults enjoy getting lost in a beautifully crafted maze and having a memorable adventure with family and friends. Some of the best corn mazes in Michigan are Crane Orchards, DeBuck’s Corn Maze, Frankenmuth Corn Maze, Bestmaze Corn Maze, and Hayes Corn Maze.
1 Visit The Zoo And Celebrate Halloween
When October kicks in, people start preparing for Halloween, and it’s always easy to find something to make it more exciting. Most zoos across the state celebrate the festive season with zoo boo events, which feature colorful decorations and dressing, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, and apple picking. Some of the best places to celebrate Halloween are Jon Ball Zoo, Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo, and Detroit's Zoo.