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Destination advice!

Toledo, Ohio
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Destination advice!

My husband and I are considering Michigan for a long weekend getaway Fri 9/27 - Tues 10/2. We're from Toledo, OH. We have spent a fair amount of time in Detroit, Ann Arbor and the rest of SE Michigan, but we haven't really explored elsewhere.

Coming that time of the year, we don't have a strong interest in the water but instead would probably prefer to do some hiking and see some fall foliage if we're not too early.

We're definitely not campers. Ideally, we would like to rent a cabin, but we're not against hotels. It would also be nice to be somewhat near a reasonable sized town so we can go out to dinner, go through shops, or otherwise add some variety to the weekend.

We're open to anywhere in the LP or eastern portion of the UP. Our drive to Mackinaw City would be 5.25 hours according to google to put things in perspective. I am just a little overwhelmed and would appreciate some guidance in narrowing things down.

Thank you!

Chicago's North...
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1. Re: Destination advice!

do an eastern UP trip....

start in mackinaw, then up to the SOO, whitefish point, pictured rocks, along the lake michigan north coast and back to mackinaw..... split your lodging time between mack and pictured rocks....

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2. Re: Destination advice!

Best chance for Fall foliage that time of year would be the Upper Peninsula.

You could just "wing it" and wait to see where the change has occured just before your trip.

Mackinaw City and Traverse City would be good bases to plan daily trips from without tthe need to travel.

Ann Arbor, MI
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I was going to say roughly the same thing as Greg--I'd wait until the dates are a little closer and see where the peak fall color is at that time and plan around that.

This section of the Pure Michigan website talks about average fall color peaks, but this has not been an average year at all, so it may not be accurate for the dates. It does give you a lot of ideas for fall color vacation options:


There is an option on that page to sign up for current updates on fall color status around that state. That will get you emails about current conditions and will let you see how the fall is progressing through the state to know where to plan your trip to catch some color.

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4. Re: Destination advice!

If you start at South Haven and follow the coast north you can't go wrong. There are so many great places to spend time in. Check out the many posts re: West Michigan and you'll find a wealth of ideas. Then you could possibly narrow down your trip and ask for more specifics. Have fun with your planning!

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5. Re: Destination advice!

Sounds like the Upper Pennisula would be good considering your prior travels Recently spent a month across MI primarily UP...most enjoyable..take in Whitefish Bay..great lakes museum and lighthouse. Tahquemenon Falls region..stay in Paradise. M resort is best there If you head to Pictured Rocks do the boat tour from Munising..take H58 across to Grand Marais..stay there if you can..lovely town highly rated..lookout for great locals friendly and interesting storytellers about live on the great lakes. Enjoy!

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