October 2020 - October and Michigan produces magical colors from lake to lake.

Here are some great color tour destinations and drives to check out as the colors peak during the first two weeks of October, north to south.

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The settlement of Matchwood is west of Bruce Crossing in the western upper peninsula. Take Norwich Road north to Lake Superior and Ontonagon. Along the way are the Norwich Bluffs.

On the way across U.S 2 about an hour from the bridge is the Cut River Bridge. Colors are sensational there right now. Unfortunately, construction there means you have to be very patient.

If you are lucky enough to get out to Beaver Island, the colors around Egg Lake will take your breath away.

M-22 out of Frankfort and Arcadia never fails to delight with the scenic pull offs along the way. You could drive Joyfield Road to the gravity mystery spot and then over to Deadman’s Hill.

Deer Lake is always draped in color. It is found out on the Breezeway near Boyne Falls.

A little further south is Route 18 heading south out of Roscommon. Watch for Lansing Rd. now a designated Natural Beauty Road. It’s gravel but is lined with white birch trees.

Further east the River Road runs along the AuSable River out of Oscoda. Continue east to Route 33. As you go north the countryside becomes hilly with awesome scenery around Comins and on north to Lake Huron.

There are so many more, don’t forget about the Irish Hills late in the season.

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