Fall Escape to Mackinac
Do the drives
Thanks to the insulating effects of the Great Lakes, the color show near Mackinac often starts in late September and stretches into late October.
Some of the most beautiful fall color is west of Mackinaw City. The Tunnel of Trees (left) is a popular 20-mile stretch of State-199 from Cross Village to Harbor Springs. Nearby Wilderness State Park, along 26 miles of Lake Michigan shore, has a two-lane road that seems to change its mind as it twists toward the park: one mile, the road winds along shoreline dunes. The next mile, it turns inland through meadows of red poppies, purple asters and yellow goldenrod, making for an idyllic drive.