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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 Upper Peninsula
Abbr. UP
The northern part of Michigan between Lakes Superior and Michigan. It is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac.

Noun 1.
 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 porcupine, in zoology
porcupine, member of either of two rodent families, characterized by having some of its hairs modified as bristles, spines, or quills.
 Mountain State Park, with slightly less coverage on the aspens, birches and maples at Copper Harbor. At Tahquamenon Falls This article is about Tahquamenon Falls. For Tahquamenon Falls State Park, see Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River.
 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 Crystal Falls can refer to:
  • Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • Crystal Falls, Ontario
  • Crystal Falls, Quebec
  • Crystal Falls, Wyoming
, Cedar River, Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie Sault Sainte Marie — pronounced "Soo Saint Marie" (IPA /su seɪnt məˈɹi/) — is the name of two cities on the Saint Marys River, which forms part of the boundary between the United States and Canada. . 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 or call (888) 78-GREAT (784-7328). Information is updated weekly by AAA Michigan at 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:

  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:

  For more deals and packages visit:

                        Autumn Festival Highlights
                         September 17 - 24, 2003

  Open year around
  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:;12&p=G4976

  Shipwreck Tours

Glass bottom boat narrated tours of Lake Superior shipwrecks and Lake Superior shipwreck shipwreck, complete or partial destruction of a vessel as a result of collision, fire, grounding, storm, explosion, or other mishap. In the ancient world sea travel was hazardous, but in modern times the number of shipwrecks due to nonhostile causes has steadily  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:

  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 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is the agency of the state of Michigan charged with maintaining natural resources such as state parks, state forests, and recreation areas.  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 The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a 46,179-acre (186.9 km²) state park in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the second largest of Michigan's state parks. Bordering on Lake Superior, most of the park is located within Chippewa County, with the western section of the 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:

  Open year around
  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 ver·dant  
1. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.

2. Green.

3. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive.
 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:

  For more events visit:

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

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