Where's the best scenic route to catch the crimson color-action of Autumn in Pure Michigan? Truth: absolutely everywhere! But we happen to be partial to the seasonal splendor that can only be experienced when you Go Great Lakes Bay... like spending a day immersed in Mother Nature's bounty on a custom Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Trip, marveling aboard the majestic BaySail Appledore Tall Ships as cozy quilts and chili soothe your soul, pedaling the Great Lakes Bay Regional Rail Trail with the scent of fresh, fall foliage in the air - that's how you truly seize the day by taking the #PureMichigan #ScenicRoute - whether by boat, by bike, or by car!


Completely Unique Trips

Johnny Panther Quest Fall Color Tour 


Why do people flock to Johnny Panther Quests Color Tours by Boat? Because there's literally nothing like it in the state (or anywhere else, for that matter)! Mother Nature is the conductor of this show, so no two Johnny Panther eco-tours are the same: this group witnessed a bald eagle, this outing included a mesmerizing sunset ... 


Johnny Panther Quest Fall Color Tour Group On Boat 


Even the boat that brings folks to Autumnal awesomeness-shallow draft, custom-built boats-are unique, as is the tour guide ‘Johnny Panther' himself. 


Aboard Beauty

Appledore Tall Ship Fall Color Sail 


The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to Bay Sail, and the Appledore IV a.k.a. the majestic tall ship vessel and magnificent scenic route to Fall colors in Pure Michigan. Water-kissed viewing pleasure, epic surroundings, hot cider, chili, cornbread-it doesn't get better than this, folks!


Wonder Found in Waterways

Kayaking The Shiawassee Flats 


Ike's Mobile Kayak Rentals is the spot for on-your-own or guided kayak tours-and the scenic route of choice to maneuver your way through gorgeous during Fall Color Paddle Tours.


And if paddling doesn't sound like your kind of serenity, boarding Bay City Boat Lines' Princess Wenonah and/or Islander will bring the scenery to you with nary a finger lifted. Cruise through their Calendar of Events for times, dates and prices of Fall Color Boat Rides, and prepare to ride off into the sunset.

 

On A Bicycle Built For 'You' 

Biking The Pere Marquette Rail Trail 


If you live in the Great Lakes Bay Region ... no, wait. If you're visiting, no wait. Even if you're from halfway across the globe, surely the place to bike for Fall beauty is the Great Lakes Bay Regional Rail Trail.


Saginaw Valley Rail Trail Fall Bridge


A note before riding: The Great Lakes Bay Regional Rail Trail is magical in its own right and it was forged to connect these not-to-be-missed opportunities for beauty:


All Kinds of Fall Fun

Chippewa Nature Center Fall Scenery 


With 1,200 acres and over 15 miles of trails, Chippewa Nature Center is both massive in size and opportunity to take the scenic route(s) and experience spectacular displays of the season. 


4-Wheel-Wowing

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Fall Color 


Roll down your window during this car ride, honey. You're in for quite a show while meandering along, driving through Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge-yes, driving! 

The newly-constructed, 6.5-mile Wildlife Drive (Auto Tour Route) has paved the way to a whole new joyride, and the creatures to be spotted and wondrous scenery await. This fall, this spot: oh yes!


Fall Color On The Water 


Here's to enjoying every leaf crunch underfoot and crimson color by boat, bike, or from the passenger seat! Savor the #scenicroute when you #gogreatlakesbay, and enjoy every moment of Pure Michigan in all her Fall glory!