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Finding Fall Foliage in the Sault Ste. Marie Area

Posted on August 17th, 2018

The cool weather is finally here and fall colors will soon start popping!

*All of these photos are from past years.*

Once you’ve crossed the Mackinac Bridge, you really can’t go wrong for fall color. If you’ll hear us out, we have a few suggestions on the prime fall locations.

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Mackinac Trail in the Fall of 2013

The first key bit of information is to get off of Interstate 75! Yes, it will get you north faster, but the Mackinac Trail runs parallel to I-75 and it’s a much better view. This lovely drive will take you all the way to the Soo.

Once you reach Sault Ste. Marie, you have to make a stop at the Soo Locks Park. The park is filled with a wide variety of trees that produce a stunning array of colors.

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Rooftop view of the Soo Locks Park Fall

Heading west, your GPS is going to want you to take M-28, but ignore it and take 6 Mile/Lake Shore Drive/Curley Lewis Memorial Highway. Again, you’ll be going a little slower, but it gives you a chance to soak in the colors. You can also stop at Mission Hill Overlook and Point Iroquois Lighthouse overlooking Lake Superior.

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Curly Lewis Memorial Highway Photo by Marsha Ewing Fall

This highway of stunning fall color will lead you west. If you’re going to venture to the end of the road, you might as well make a day of it and go north for the granddaddy of all fall color, Tahquamenon Falls. The Tahquamenon Falls State Park offers the upper falls, the lower falls, and miles of hiking in between.

Upper Tahquamenon Falls Photo by David T. Burns

Fall doesn’t last long in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula so hurry up and get here. However, when you arrive, slow down and enjoy all Sault Ste. Marie has to offer. Explore our amazing local dining and stay a night or two at these great hotels to experience our northern hospitality.