Autumn is quickly approaching in Michigan, and there’s no better place to see extraordinary fall colors than along our highways, country roads, and coastlines. When staying at Bay Pointe Inn, you’ll be a quick drive away from some of the most beautiful fall colors in Michigan. The best way to hit all sites is by following this self-guided tour which starts in Grand Rapids and ends in Kalamazoo. Pack your binoculars, bike and beach blanket because it’s an all day affair!
Stop One | Grand Rapids
Kick-off your fall color tour on the riverfront walkway in downtown Grand Rapids. While in the area, check out the honorary Gerald R. Ford Museum. After all, he did grow up in this city. Next, head down to the new Grand Rapids Art Museum or Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to enjoy over 160 art displays. When hunger strikes, make your way towards Robinette’s Apple Haus to enjoy some fall treats. Visitors 21-years-old and above will enjoy Robinette’s wine and hard ciders.
Stop Two | Grand Haven
Before reaching Grand Haven, you’ll travel through Coopersville. Children will love visiting the Coopersville Marne Railway because you’re able to ride the Famous Pumpkin Train and enjoy fall colors from the comfort of your passenger car. The fall colors continue at Grand Haven State Park, where you can hike a three-mile trail along Lake Michigan. Set aside some time to visit the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center to learn about the unique environment or journey up the Dune Climb Stairway. The view from the top of a dune is unforgettable. The fall colors look as if they are a watercolor painting!
Stop Three | Saugatuck
Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers a 2.5-mile stretch of land with a large variety of dunes. When standing on top of the dune, take in the rainbow of fall colors while birds sing you a sweet tune. Saugatuck’s surrounding neighborhoods and coastal lines are known as “Michigan’s Art Coast.” There’s a long history of attracting and supporting artists who’ve produced work inspired by Michigan. Keep an eye out for beautiful artwork displayed around Michigan; you may recognize the view!
Stop Four | South Haven
Take in South Haven’s fall colors while riding a bicycle! Choose to ride Van Buren State Park’s 14-mile trail or Kal-Haven Trail State Park’s 33-mile trail. Kal-Haven Trail State Park is one of Michigan’s largest, linear state parks. It follows the former railroad bed from South Haven to Kalamazoo. There are great photo ops along the way at the beautiful bridges and wooded terrain.
Stop Five | Kalamazoo
Conclude your fall color tour in Kalamazoo’s Gull Meadow Farms. This family-friendly destination offers UPick Apples, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more! Whatever your family decides to do, be sure to eat a donut (or two) followed by Gull Meadow’s award-winning cider. August is a great time to kick-off your fall celebration, but remember to return in October for the annual giant pumpkin drop.
While Michigan’s fall colors are great, the people you share these memories with are even better. Don’t miss out on experiencing our breathtaking foliage and follow our Michigan fall color map. With our staff as your guide, you’ll have the best fall vacation yet! Book your Shelbyville, MI, vacation today by visiting Bay Pointe Inn’s website or talking to our friendly staff at 269-672-8111.