West Michigan Tourist Association Offers These Unique Fall Color Adventures

The West Michigan Tourist Association offers these unique ways for visitors to view fall colors.

Grand Rapids, MI, September 10, 2008 --(PR.com)-- How many ways can visitors see fall color? Sure, driving through one of West Michigan’s scenic historic highways is what comes to mind, but did you know there are many other ways to see the colors?

At The Gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park located in Grand Rapids presents the return of ColorFall, September 13 – October 31. ColorFall is a celebration devoted to the season of colorful changes. The exhibit will feature fun and educational activities for the entire family, including color tours, giant pumpkins, large Chrysanthemum displays and more. (888-957-1580, www.meijergardens.org)

On a Mountain. Take a scenic chairlift ride up the mountain for a bird’s eye view of the fall foliage. Ski Resorts, such as Crystal Mountain (800-968-7686, www.crystalmountain.com) offer this eye-in-the-sky experience during the fall season. Crystal Mountain operates their Scenic Chairlift rides Saturdays in September from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays in October from 4-6 p.m. Also, on Crystal Mountain enjoying seeing the fall colors flash by when you take a ride on the New Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide. The Crystal Coaster will be open every Saturday and Sunday in September and October from 12-5 p.m.

Motorcycle: Prepare for your fall color motorcycle tour with a visit to Hot Rod Harley Davidson in Muskegon (231-722-0000, www.hotrodhd.com). Don’t own a HOG®? Hot Rod Harley Davidson has rentals. Rentals are through October (weather permitting) and included in the Rental Fee are Unlimited Mileage, a Helmet that meets DOT specifications, Bike locks, Rain gear and 24 Hour Roadside Assistance.

Bike. The 2nd Annual Lakeshore Harvest Country Road Rally will take place on October 11 in South Haven. Participants will follow clues to visit farms and other notable locations in Lakeshore Harvest Country (269-639-1970, www.lakeshoreharvestcountry.org).

In a Glass. Michigan tourists are seeing red. And pink. And even some gold. From a brilliant red cabernet franc, to a gorgeous pink pinot noir rosé, to the golden hue of a late harvest Riesling, Michigan wines match the stunning colors of the season. With more than 50 wineries scattered across the Great Lakes State, fall color tourists will discover that some of the best places to view autumn colors are also great places to find award-winning wines. Visit Fenn Valley Vineyards in September and October to experience their Vineyard Tour – a 1 ½ tour & tasting through the vineyard! (800-432-6265, www.fennvalley.com) Sample a variety of Michigan wines at the Food, Wine and All That Jazz, Oct. 26, at The Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Visit www.michiganwines.com for a complete list of Michigan wine-related events throughout the state or to order your complimentary Wine Country Magazine.

Horseback. Rainbow Ranch located in New Era offers beautiful woodland scenery, river trails, over 70 horses and an abundance of wildlife & color viewing opportunities. Guided Horseback trail rides are offered on weekends during September and October.

Paddleboat. Cruise the Kalamazoo River & Lake Michigan on an authentic stern wheel paddleboat during a 1 ½ hour cruise with the Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises. Afternoon and sunset cruises are available and run through the end of October, weather permitting. (269-857-4261,. www.saugatuckboatcruises.com)

Drive. On October 18, experience the Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour. Travel between the White Lake Area Chamber and the Muskegon County Convention & Visitor's Bureau on one of Michigan's most scenic drives and experience vibrant colors of the woods, dunes, and water (800-250-WAVE, www.visitmuskegon.org). Color seekers can find 26 scenic driving tours across West Michigan from 40 to 140 miles online at www.wmta.org, courtesy of the West Michigan Tourist Association. http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

Jeep. The fall brings a whole new color to a Jeep Adventure Tour. Sandy Korners (231-873-5048, www.sandykorners.com) in Mears, offers tours that feature the autumn scented two-track trails through the beautiful Pere Marquette State Forest and the Huron Manistee National Forest.

Canoe. Paddle one of West Michigan’s rivers, lakes and streams to see the fall colors scattered through dense hardwoods of the forest – you may even spot a deer bedding down for the winter season or a school of salmon running upstream. Many canoe liveries are open through mid-October, including Wisner Canoes on the Muskegon River (231-652-6743, www.wisnercanoes.com) and Riverside Canoe Trips in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (231-325-5622, www.canoemichigan.com

To accompany all your fall adventure tours, be sure to have the West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide handy. Order your free copy at www.wmta.org or by calling 800-442-2084.

Founded in 1917, WMTA is the oldest continually operated regional tourist association in the nation. Representing 41 counties from the Michigan-Indiana state line to Mackinac Island and covering the entire west half of the Lower Peninsula, WMTA is dedicated to proving that “We Know West Michigan!”

West Michigan Tourist Association
Sarah Hayes
616-245-2217 x 105