Spinal Column: Autumn in Michigan showcases state’s stunning natural beauty

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

By Sen. Mike Kowall
15th Senate District

There’s a crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to turn brilliant colors, and you’ve retrieved your sweaters from storage.

Yes, autumn has arrived in Michigan.

The end of summer and the beginning of fall bring unique delights to Michiganders.

These include fall color tours along one of the state’s scenic byways, biking or hiking through the great outdoors, and plenty more.

Fortunately, for those looking for ways to enjoy the spectacular Michigan autumn, there are many resources to guide you.

You can visit www.michigan.org for help planning a trip to several locations in the state, from Copper Harbor at the tip of the Upper Peninsula; down to 200 miles of beach towns along Lake Michigan, starting at St. Joseph and Benton Harbor in Southwest Michigan; and plenty of locations in between.

The site includes details on places to stay, restaurants, and upcoming events, as well as a link to the 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide, a superb travel publication highlighting spectacular sights to see and exciting places to go. The guide features articles on fall color drives, hiking adventures, family getaways, golfing, top-rated mountain bike trails and the state’s apple season.

The guide also features comprehensive information on our state parks, including details on amenities, campsites and available activities at each location.

Residents can download a free, universally accessible digital version of the guide or order a printed copy at www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

Travelers can access the interactive guide from their desktop and laptop computers as well as smartphones and tablets.

Michiganders are blessed with an abundance of natural resources. From the Great Lakes and our inland lakes; to our rivers and streams and thousands of miles of shoreline; to our sand dunes, forests, and wetlands — our great outdoors offer a spectacular array of opportunities for adventure.

In the fall, our state’s stunning natural beauty is magnified. This season, get out and enjoy Pure Michigan at its best!

This column first appeared in the Spinal Column newsweekly. Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is the Michigan Senate majority floor leader. He serves the residents of the 15th Senate District, representing western Oakland County.