Common colors observed during autumn in Michigan include varying shades of crimson, gold and orange with some remaining touches of green. The best viewing opportunities of the season begin in late September and last through October, with the heights of color coming at different times depending on the location.
A few northern areas of Michigan's Southern Peninsula and several areas of the Northern Peninsula are the first to experience peak autumn colors, usually in mid-September to early October. The shorelines along the Great Lakes are often the last, with the most vibrant colors visible in mid-to-late October. Among the most colorful trees in Michigan during the fall season are the maple, black walnut and aspen trees.