All means football, and if you’re driving across the state to see a Detroit Lions game of local high school sport, we have some adventurous routs for you. Michigan is obviously glorious this time of year. I love having a hot cup of cocoa while looking at the fall colors outside my window, as I’m lucky enough to have some forest near where I live. But, if you don’t have much fall foliage by your home, there are plenty of options for leaf peeping this time of year. Or, if leaf peeping isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the season with a special road trip. So, what are some Michigan road trips that are perfect for the fall?

Michigan Road Trips Perfect for the Fall


Nothing says “Michigan” more than M-22. The route is famous for being one of the most beautiful drives in the autumn months. M-22 goes along the Leelanau Peninsula and passes around Lake Michigan, as well. The route starts near Manistee and takes drivers through scenic hills and valleys, including through the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Don’t forget to stop off in Leland, which is located between the Big Lake and Lake Leelanau.


US-31 runs along the Lake Michigan shore and goes north to Traverse City. This is a popular route from where I grew up, in Lansing. Ever summer and fall, locals here would take Us-31 up to Traverse City to enjoy the season. It offers glorious fall colors. Also, along the way, you’ll find charming small towns to grab some grub or just take a break from driving, such as Elk Rapids and Charlevoix.


So, what about those on the east side of the state? I’m not leaving you out, Detroit friends. While the Motor City might not be known for amazing fall colors, there are opportunities to enjoy the season. You can go to a Detroit Lions game at Ford Field, of course. While you’re going to or from the game, why not take a scenic driving route? Michigan’s I-94 is a beautiful road trip in the fall. If you take I-94 reaches M-29, you’ll pass the quaint spots of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River, which offer a bounty of beautiful landscapes. It’s really a delightful road trip for Motor City folks.

What if you want to stop off in a Michigan city known for its fall colors? Check out’s list of Michigan areas with gorgous fall colors here.