The Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association in Kingsford is projecting the peak of the fall color season to be upon us in many parts of the Upper Peninsula this week or next.
From blue skies over blazing hardwoods to peaceful ponds and gently flowing, salmon-filled rivers, the beautiful scenes of autumn are all around us to enjoy. We all need to do what we can to get out there to experience it.
Fall color touring brings travelers to the area from other parts of the Upper Midwest and elsewhere and the influx of visitors helps local economies flourish during the so-called "shoulder season" between summer and winter.
It's good for business. It's also great for body and soul to get out for a hike in the sights, sounds and smells of autumn.
This is also one of the best times of the year to get in the car and go for a day trip, enjoying the fall colors along the way.
The region is known for its spectacular fall color displays and the travel association has 10 trips detailed on its website, outlining places suited well to observe the beauty of the season across the U.P. (www.uptravel.com/fallcolor)
Fall color touring also provides another opportunity before the dreaded holiday rush and winter arrives to get out to see what the region has to offer in terms of local parks, historic sites, waterfalls and other attractions.
All of these features add to the experience of a fall color tour, along with local fall harvest foods, corn mazes and even experiencing the beauty of migrating geese, honking their way southward.
From the breathtaking scenery of Copper Harbor and the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, to the backroads and bluffs of Marquette County, the fall color season has a world of wonder to explore and enjoy here in the U.P. But you've got to get it while it lasts and that won't be long.
The time to get outdoors is now. If you don't, you'll be sorry you missed your chance.
And don't forget your camera.