29. Charlevoix, MI
Why go: This lakeside town shrinks back down to a population of 3,000 from 30,000 in the summer months, but nowhere in northern Michigan are the fall colors more spectacular than in the Lake Charlevoix area. Lake Shore Drive between Harbor Springs and Cross Village is actually known as the “Tunnel of Trees” Scenic Heritage Route, and it’s the perfect spot to take in the changing leaves and views of Lake Michigan.
Where to stay: Hotel Earl is set to re-open this fall ahead of its 60th anniversary, and the renovations include the addition of a third story, 17 additional guest rooms (bringing the total to 56 rooms and suites), and a new swimming pool. You can also rent one of Charlevoix’s Mushroom Houses, constructed by the same Earl Young who originally designed Hotel Earl.
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