Kathy and I are Michigan natives, now living in North Carolina. Lots of reasons: warmer weather, higher quality lifestyle, less traffic,.... We grew up south of Detroit, and we did visit Michigan's Upper Peninsula while we lived in Michigan. But only once, and only for a handful of days. In 2013, I was looking for an out-of-the-way fall color destination where we could avoid the crowds associated with Vermont, New Hampshire, and Acadia National Park. My search led me back to my home state.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula, especially the northwest portion of it, is surprisingly (to me) photogenic. The best areas, in my opinion, are
Below are some of my favorite photos of these areas from our 2013 trip. To see more, visit our Michigan Gallery.
Go in the fall to escape the bugs. The summer flies and mosquitoes can be truly miserable. While we missed peak color...we were early, and then high winds took down the leaves, we still felt it was both very scenic and productive.