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On a Mission for Great Fall Color in the Upper Peninsula!

Posted on August 20th, 2018

We like the snow in the winter, spring takes forever, summer’s ok, but fall is our favorite season!

Once you get north of the Mackinac Bridge, you really can’t go wrong in creating your own fall color tour, but timing is everything! If Mother Nature cooperates, we “normally” see peak color the last week of September or first week of October, but it can vary depending on the weather. Keep up to date on how the North Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP) color change is going HERE.

Driving the EUP will give you a variety of color at varying intensities depending where you are, but we’re going to share the best spot to experience the fall color.

Mission Hill Photo by Mikel B. Classen

Mission Hill Photo by Mikel B. Classen

Mission Hill Overlook, just 20 minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie, is amazing. If you’ve ever visited Point Iroquois Lighthouse, you drove right past the driveway on the south side of the road. The drive is marked by a simple sign, but it looks like all the other signs in Bay Mills. Don’t skip past this gem!

Mission Hill Overlook Lisa Brighton

Mission Hill Overlook is perched high above Whitefish Bay, located just off Lake Superior, and the drive up the hill is filled with such spectacular color. Once you’ve reached the top of Mission Hill, the view of the trees, lakes, and bay makes every mile worth it. Overlooking Monocle and Spectacle Lake with Lake Superior and passing freighters in the distance, you’ll wonder why we didn’t tell you about this place sooner.

If you find yourself in the EUP this fall, we highly recommend you take a drive up Mission Hill, but this is just one of the many great places to see fall color. Take a few days out of your busy schedule and book a fall getaway! Sault Ste. Marie is a fantastic location to make your home base while you explore the EUP; find a hotel HERE.