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Travel Michigan: Michigan Fall Color Update; Fall Colors Scarce.

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The last days of summer are slowly slipping away, and soon, Michigan's abundant foliage will don coats of breathtaking fall hues. This week, leaf peepers willing to traverse the Upper Peninsula in search of an early-season bounty can enjoy some hints of the coming change.

The best color viewing this week is in the Upper Peninsula around the Ontonagon and Copper Harbor areas. Up to 30 percent of aspens are bathed in yellow and red at Porcupine Mountain State Park, with slightly less coverage on the aspens, birches and maples at Copper Harbor. At Tahquamenon Falls and St. Ignace, dashes of yellow, orange and red are being spotted on maples and other varieties of trees. Two to five percent of the leaves have changed color around Crystal Falls, Cedar River, Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie. Leaf transformations are rated poor or fair in those areas, with no change whatsoever noticed in Newberry. Peak is expected throughout the Upper Peninsula in two weeks.

Lower Peninsula color is several weeks off.

For additional information on Michigan fall color conditions, travelers may visit michigan.org or call (888) 78-GREAT (784-7328). Information is updated weekly by AAA Michigan at http://www.aaamich.com/ during the fall color season. Travel Michigan is a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
 Michigan Fall Color
 Getaway Packages

 Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn - Curtis




Discover natural wonders on the waters of Lake Superior during your breathtaking 2-1/2 to 3 hour cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore where the Crystal clear blue-green waters of Lake Superior have created masterpieces of colors and rock formations found nowhere else in the world!

Package pricing based on double occupancy for two adults starting from just $154.00 + taxes and includes:
 -- One night's lodging,
 -- Two adult tour passes, and
 -- A $25 voucher good for either lunch or dinner at The Brownstone Inn or
 Sydney's Family Restaurant.



Tour vouchers valid now thru October 14, 2003, for either a 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. tour. Package based on availability; some restrictions may apply.
 Contact: (800) 292-0440 or (906) 586-6000 or visit:
 http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?p=G7488


 Best Western Country Inn - Ishpeming




Colors are just beginning to bloom in Ishpeming, and this overnight package provides the perfect opportunity to get away and get a glimpse of fall's first foliage changes. For the price of $90 for double occupancy, including tax, the package includes:
 -- One night's lodging (standard room) at the Best Western Country Inn
 -- Breakfast for two at the Country Kitchen Restaurant
 -- Five dollars worth ($5) of free gas from the adjacent Mobil gas station
 Contact: (906) 485-6345 or visit:
 http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?p=G7064


 For more deals and packages visit: michigan.org


 Autumn Festival Highlights
 September 17 - 24, 2003

 Open year around
 PARADISE
 Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station



Take a trip back in time on a guided tour of the fully restored 1861 lightkeepers quarters of the oldest active light on Lake Superior or explore the haunting world of shipwrecks in the museum gallery. Artifacts from 13 local shipwrecks, the tribute to the Fitzgerald and the men lost with that vessel. The theater shows a 15-minute video that tells the mysterious story of the sinking.
 Contact: (906) 492 4737 (888) 492 3747 or visit:
 http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?m=2;12&p=G4976

 09/17/03-10/08/03
 MUNISING
 Shipwreck Tours



Glass bottom boat narrated tours of Lake Superior shipwrecks and Lake Superior shipwreck diving. Discover shipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve through the clear waters of Lake Superior. Two hour narrated tours describe the history of turn of the century wrecks.
 Contact: (906) 387 4477 or visit:
 http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?m=2&p=g20026

 9/27/2003
 PARADISE
 Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Tahquamenon Walking Tour



Come discover one of Michigan's "gems," in the beauty of its fall colors. On September 27, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be sponsoring a walking tour of Tahquamenon Natural Area in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park Headquarters for a quick introduction and then caravan to the trailhead. The tour will last 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.
 Contact: (906) 492 3415 or visit:
 http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?m=3&p=G13076&tab=events

 Open year around
 GARDEN
 Fayette Historic State Park - Fayette Historic Townsite



Features a restored iron smelting company town (1867-1891). Once a bustling industrial community, Fayette offers visitors the unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan harbor, white cliffs and verdant forests. This well- preserved museum village recalls another time when it was a noisy, dirty company town with an immigrant population that shared daily hardships, joys and sorrows.
 Contact: (906) 644 2603 or visit:
 http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?m=2&p=G20098

 For more events visit: michigan.org



CONTACT: Kirsten Tava, +1-517-335-1871, or Kiki Kaplanidou, +1-517-335-1866, both of Travel Michigan

Web site: http://michigan.org/ http://www.aaamich.com/
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