West Michigan's abundant forests helped fuel Grand Rapids' rise as "furniture capital of the world" in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. While many hardwoods were sacrificed to sawmills in those years, Grand Rapids remains a tree-lover's paradise.
Here, the mighty Grand River creates a lush growing environment for maples, oaks, birches, aspens, sumacs and more. They grow tall and proud, exploding every fall in a dazzling mix of reds, yellows, golds and oranges. These colors stand out in sharp relief against a background of evergreen forest. The result is one of the best fall color shows in the nation!
Of course, autumn in Grand Rapids delights more than just the eye. It's also a perfect time to treat your taste buds to a crisp, juicy apple from our 12,000 acres of apple trees. Travel our scenic country roads through these bountiful orchards, and stop at an authentic cider mill for a refreshing drink and a delicious donut straight out of the oven. Get back in your vehicle for a ride across charming covered bridges a tour of the many antique shops throughout the area.
Here's just one of many great ways to spend a fall day in and around Grand Rapids: