River Road National Forest Scenic Byway
When we ran our first list of top fall foliage destinations, readers wondered, “where’s Michigan?” And after doing a little more research, we admit that “Pure Michigan” gives New England a run for its money when it comes to stunning autumn colors. Topping our list is the River Road National Scenic Byway, a 23.4-mile stretch that runs from the shores of Oscoda, along Lake Huron, to the Huron-Manistee National Forest, a swath that meanders across the first few fingers of the “mitten” and winds along with the Au Sable River. A must-see along the route is Foote Pond Overlook (sometimes called Eagles Nest Overlook, because eagle sightings are common), which provides views of the river and Foote Pond, created by the Foote Dam. It’s a true feast for color seekers, combining blue sky and water with the vibrant red of sugar maple and gold of Aspen. Plan your visit here. Peak Viewing Times: 1st to 3rd Week of October.