Peter's guide to the most surprising places to catch fall foliage.
But the really cool thing about this state is that no matter where you are, you're always within 85 miles of a Great Lake and fewer than 6 miles from a lake or stream for great kayaking and canoeing.
Leaves in the northernmost parts of the state start changing as early as mid-September, but the foliage continues to peak the further south you get. Way up top is the Keweenaw Peninsula, home to Brockway Mountain, the highest scenic road between the Rockies and the Alleghenies. The Lower Peninsula, still part of Northern Michigan, is packed with scenic drives for a short fall getaway: Head east from Traverse City toward Elk Lake and Torch Lake, or drive north toward the Leelanau Peninsula on a tour of the local vineyards and wineries.