Can Michigan's Upper Peninsula Repeat as Best Fall Foliage Winner?

Can Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Repeat as Best Fall Foliage Winner?

2018 Michigan Best Photos Fall Color Point Iroquois

In last year’s Reader’s Choice poll for Best Fall Foliage in the country, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula took home top honors. While those of us lucky enough to live in this state and head north of the Mackinac Bridge in September and October already knew this, it was nice to see some national recognition. The Upper Peninsula beat out many well-known places like Door County (Wisconsin), the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Gatlinburg (Tennessee), and Stowe (Vermont). The 20 finalists for this year’s contest were recently announced and the Upper Peninsula will have a chance to defend its title against some familiar challengers and some newcomers.

Fall Color Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway Mission Hill Overlook

The current contest runs through August 30th and you can vote once per day atĀ As of this writing the U.P. has the first place spot, trailed by the Pocono Mountains (Pennsylvania), Denali National Park (Alaska), Laurel Highlands (Pennsylvania), and Aspen (Colorado). As we did last year, we will highlight a few of our favorite places for fall color and why we know the Upper Peninsula deserves to be a back-to-back champion.

Lake of the Clouds Colorful Trees Fall 2016

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers stunning views from the Lake of the Clouds Overlook, Summit Peak Overlook, the Escarpment Trail, The Presque Isle waterfalls trail, and more.

Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway Fall Color Bay Mills Indian Community

Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway is especially beautiful in the fall as you drive along the Lake Superior shoreline. The Mission Hill Overlook is one of our favorite spots.

Fall Color Michigan Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is extremely popular in the summer months, but you should make plans to return in the fall as well. The forested trails pop with color as you walk to the viewing platform to see our state’s largest waterfall.

Brockway Mountain Scenic Drive

The Copper Country Scenic Byway takes you through the U.P.’s own tunnel of trees as you approach Copper Harbor on M-26. The view from Brockway Mountain is breathtaking.

Iron County Courthouse Feature Photo Michigan

The Iron County Heritage TrailĀ offers some great fall color destinations as well. Bewabic State Park, Fortune Pond, and the Apple Blossom Trail are some of this area’s best fall color destinations.

Cut River Valley Fall Color

Top of the Lake Scenic Byway follows US-2 from St. Ignace to Manistique. The Cut River Bridge is one of the best spots to see fall color on this drive, but every roadside park along the way offers great autumn views.

Black River Scenic Byway Gorge Falls

The Black River Scenic Byway is home to five impressive waterfalls, and also leads to the Copper Peak Ski Jump. The views from the top here are some of the best in the entire Midwest!

2016 Fall Color Sugarloaf Mountain Marquette Fall

The Marquette area offers many great backdrops for fall color photography. Some of our favorite stops are Sugarloaf Mountain, Thomas Rock Overlook, Presque Isle Park, and the Iron Ore Heritage Trail are great starting points for a fall foliage adventure.

Fall Color Railroad Tracks Michigamme

Other Michigan attractions up for awards in other categories include the Twilight Tour at Grand Traverse Commons (Best Ghost Tour) and Erebus in Pontiac (Best Haunted Attraction). Get voting today and help remind everyone that the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has the Best Fall Foliage in the country!