Cadillac Fall Color Tour

We have four awesome area scenic routes available for you to take in the splendor of fall color. Each route is perfect for a day to trip to explore our region, bringing you right back to your home base in Cadillac. Download and print a brochure below for a full description of each route.  

Although these scenic routes are beautiful year round, you might just find fall to be the very best time to tour the area. Fall color can be somewhat unpredictable, however we generally begin to see color beginning late September thru end of October, due to the variation of trees and their fall color bloom schedule.

Cadillac Fall Color Tour

4 SELF-GUIDED FALL COLOR ROUTES Fall Color in Cadillac is second to none. Breath taking views can be seen from your car, bicycle, kayak, canoe, motorcycle, train and by foot. You name your mode of transportation, and you’ll experience unforgettable views....

Old Indian Trail – Cadillac to Traverse City

THE OLD INDIAN TRAILBY:Frank EttawagheshikFor several centuries, Odawa people have been on these shores and in the woods and hills of this land. We are living amid the places from which spring the stories of our world, ourselves, our families and our...

Motorcycle Ride Guide – Cadillac & Northwest Michigan

Motorcycle Ride Guide  It all begins in Cadillac! Create memories that last a lifetime as you ride our rolling hills, take a break along the countless lakes and rivers, and experience breathtaking views as you explore the area. Opportunities to stop, shop,...

Touring Old Cadillac

Touring Old CadillacStep back in time and explore the key historic buildings that were built during the thriving lumber era in Cadillac. Many of these buildings still stand proudly today. See the map below that corresponds to the numbered items underneath....

The Science of Fall Color

By Joy VanDrie Fall color – What trees offer what color & Why? The most common leaf colors of fall are red, yellow and orange and some trees can have several of these colors simultaneously as the season unfolds. Why do they turn color though? It’s an...

Late Autumn Fishing on the Big Manistee

By Maralee Cook While many fly fishermen are happy to be on the water at any time of year, D-Loop Outfitters owner Dave Barkman will tell you there are three great reasons to fish the Big Manistee River in autumn: “There are large opportunities for...

The Lakes Fall Color Route

THE LAKE/CADILLAC CITY FALL COLOR ROUTE – Visit page for .pdf download Cadillac City Fall Color Tour ORANGE ROUTE (see map at bottom of page) Starting downtown at the Cadillac City Park (GPS-190 Cass Street), head W toward Lake Cadillac on either Cass St or Harris...

South/Hoxeyville Fall Color Route

SOUTH/ HOXEYVILLE/LUTHER/BRISTOL FALL COLOR ROUTE – Visit page for .pdf download BLUE ROUTE (see map at bottom of page): From Downtown Mitchell Street, head south on BR-131 to Mackinaw Trail, approx. 1.5 miles. Turn R/W onto Mackinaw Trail at the traffic light. Follow...

Lake City/East Fall Color Route

LAKE CITY / WEST FALL COLOR ROUTE – Visit page for .pdf download PURPLE/PINK ROUTE (see map at bottom of page): Starting downtown at the Cadillac City Park parking lot, head E toward Mitchell Street (away from lake) on Cass Street. At Cass/Mitchell traffic light,...

West Fall Color Route

MESICK / WEST FALL COLOR ROUTE – Visit page for .pdf download YELLOW ROUTE (see map at bottom of page): Starting downtown at the Cadillac City Park parking lot, head W toward Lake Cadillac on either Cass St or Harris Street (the parking lot is in between). Then take a...
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FALL COLOR IN CADILLAC IS SECOND TO NONE

Breath taking views can be seen from your car, bicycle, kayak, canoe, motorcycle, and by foot. You choose your mode of transportation, and you’ll experience unforgettable scenic views in every direction.

Here are our favorite events combined with local hot spots, and fantastic views, compliments of the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Listed below are additional activities you can enjoy in the Cadillac Area while Mother Nature transitions from summer green, to fall gold, to winter white…

Festival of the Pines - second weekend of September in Lake City

Celebrating the heritage of the area with a car show, lumber events, crafts, food, music - just 15 minutes east of Cadillac where you will enjoy a small town festival with friendly and lively residents.

Craft Beer Festival - 4th weekend of September in Downtown Cadillac

  • Downtown Cadillac, City Park, enjoy the city park, fountain, 16+ micro brews companies all with 3+ flavors, yard games, BBQ & Gyros food vendors, LIVE awesome bands, and make new friends.  2-3pm is a Special Beer Geek, then General Admission starts at 3pm, last pour at 9pm, see ticket details and other info at the festival website, link below...

Lattitude 44 Fall Color Craft Show - October in Manton

  • Join us for our 7th annual Color Tour Craft Show! Our annual show will have vendors from all across northern Michigan along with kids games, food and other fun activities - and check out Lattitude 44.

Fall Color Tour Train Rides October

Fall Color Train ride from Mt Pleasant to Cadillac.  This will be the 6th fall color tour train ride program being offered. The excursion is an antique Diesel Engine pulling antique passenger vessel arriving in Cadillac around noon.  Country side tours are available to get on in Cadillac around 1pm for a 2 hour ride into the countryside, returning around 3pm.   Passengers from Mt Pleasant will board around 4pm to return home.  Go to www.michigansteamtrain.com or call 989-725-9464 for tickets and details. An unbelievable experience and views you don't get from the road.

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