Top Fall Road Trips from St Clair

Top Fall Road Trips from St Clair

Written by St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM

What's not to love about fall? The weather gets crisper, apple pies are being baked, and football is on the television, which is a huge deal here in Michigan! One of the best things to do in the fall is to take a road trip to see the foliage. There are a few beautiful spots right outside your front door to travel to this fall, and in this article, we are going to go over a few of the best. Of course, before you set out on the long, seasonal excursion, you're going to want to make sure that your vehicle is in working order. We recommend taking your Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or RAM vehicle to St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and having our expert technicians work on your car.

M-22 and the Leelanau Peninsula

Lake Michigan's shore might be the most beautiful spot in all of Michigan. As you explore the edges of the Leelanau Peninsula, M-22 passes through a ton of beautiful fall colors, offering you a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan along the way. Route M-22 starts in Manistee, which is Michigan's prime fruit country. On the drive, you will experience trees that are heavy with ripe fruit and then stop by a roadside fruit stand before checking out the rolling hills and the sharp colors of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. When you get near Northport, M-22 gives you the twists and turns that are popular with bicyclists and motorcyclists before veering southward on the  Leelanau Peninsula's eastern shore to Traverse City.

US-31 to Petosky

Route US-31 nicely hugs the Lake Michigan shore as you head north from Traverse City. You may have difficulty keeping your eyes on the road due to the picturesque Lake Michigan to the west and the beautiful autumn foliage in the east. From here, you will see small resorts like Elk Rapids, which allow you to grab something to eat under the autumn sun. Having dinner at Strafford's Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix with a pint of Michigan craft beer is the best way to spend a fall evening. On the deck, you can view the city's drawbridge and a wide array of pleasure boats. Once you get into Petosky feel free to stop by one of the souvenir shops.

Blue Star Highway

Michigan's favorite summertime spot becomes a place of rigorous color in the fall. Continue along Lakeshore Avenue south from Grand Haven. Keep going past the summer cottages, and you enter a tunnel of colorful maples and poplars. Once you get into Holland, head up Blue Star Highway. The sharp curves of the route should appeal to Sunday drivers as well as the motorcycle crowd who love rural landscapes. While going on your leaf-peeping journey, have a hardy breakfast or a burger at the Fennville's What Not Inn.

Capital City Loop

Route M-99 takes a sharp curve south of Lansing. You will travel through small towns passing by cornfields and colorful maple trees. Albion's Whitehouse Nature Center allows you the opportunity to enjoy all of the foliage on foot. There are hiking trails that meander through the forest and past sparkling ponds which are frequented by birds. In Marshall, there is an extensive collection of historical inns that might entice you to stay the night before spending the following day driving down  Rte. 66 and US-43 and into Grand Ledge. Best of all, there are 300-million-year old rock formations in Fitzgerald Park, which is a perfect place for a fall picnic.

Get your vehicle services at St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM

Before you head out on your fall journey, be sure to stop by St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the fall and winter months. Do you need your oil changed or radiator flushed? Our highly skilled technicians will get your Jeep, Dodge, or RAM vehicle running like new in no time. We can also rotate your tires and take a look at your engine before you head out on that fall drive. You can stop by the dealership or schedule your service right on our website. We can't wait to work on your vehicle here at St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM!

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