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Fall Colors Itinerary

Fall in northern Michigan is a Michigan thing! We can feel the seasons change and embrace it

The crisp breeze tempered with warm sunshine makes for the best adventure weather. With The Highlands in the heart of it all, plan your perfect fall getaway with these must-see places.

Start the Day


Begin the day with a slow drive on M119, or as we like to call it, the Tunnel of Trees. This meandering road offers views of Lake Michigan peaking through the trees, stopping spots for a quick hike, and a hidden away tea/coffee house. The true show stopper is the brilliant colors creating a tunnel of golds, reds, and bright oranges. There is a reason the Tunnel of Trees hits every must-do fall adventure list- it is stunning!

Pumpkin Picking and Animal Friends


Be sure to stop at Pond Hill Farm on your exploration of the Tunnel of Trees. There is fun for kids and adults alike with a produce store, cafe, winery, brewery, and adorable animals. Grab a pumpkin or two to carve later and snap a pic with their giant pumpkin display.

Pond Hill Farm

Apple Picking


It is not fall without Michigan apples! Uncle Frank's Apple Town has it all from apples, freshly pressed cider, and the best cinnamon sugar doughnuts! Take a hay ride through the 50 acres farm and say hello to Brutus- a giant dinosaur statue made of hay!

Scenic Chairlift Rides and a Mountaintop Hike


The Tunnel of Trees lets you take a peek into the canopy of colors, but a scenic chairlift ride gives you a bird's eye view of the valley. Take in the captivating view and stroll over to the overlook at the top for a view of Lake Michigan. Round out the scenic experience with a stroll down Upper Camelot back to the lodge.

Scenic Chairlift Rides at The Highlands

Woodland Trail Ride


Finish out your perfect northern Michigan fall day by experiencing the woodland backdrop of The Highlands. Take a tranquil horseback ride throughout our stunning network of trails and see The Highlands from a whole new perspective.

From season to season, The Highlands creates lasting memories. Create your new favorite fall memory and discover the beauty of northern Michigan!