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Tourism association maps fall color-tour routes

October 14, 2015
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Fall is here with all of its vibrant colors, and you don’t have to go far to enjoy them.

The West Michigan Tourist Association, or WMTA, recently published a list of color tours in the state, including 26 West Michigan road routes people can review online.

“From 40 miles to 140 miles, there’s a day trip perfect for everyone,” WMTA said.

WMTA reminded autumn enthusiasts they can also enjoy the red, orange and yellow hues by train, boat, bicycle, kayak, foot and hot air balloon rides.

People can go on self-directed adventures or plug into annual fall events in the region.

For instance, the 11th-annual Depot to Depot: Muskegon County Fall Color Tour is taking place on Oct. 17.

The event provides family friendly activities along a self-guided color tour route, between the downtown Muskegon train depot and the White Lake depot.

People can also enjoy the array of colors without stepping into the woods.

WMTA also highlighted Holland’s 8th Street, which is lined with vibrantly colored trees that can be enjoyed while shopping and dining.

Water and aerial views

Businesses often get in on the action as well by combining their services with the fall colors.

For instance, GR Paddling offers fall foliage adventures through Oct. 31.

Jeff Neumann, owner of GR Paddling, said fall paddling trips run between two to three hours and conclude with snacks and hot beverages like hot chocolate, tea and coffee.

“The colors are spectacular right now,” Neumann said.

He encouraged people to brave the cooler weather and get on the water.

The tours cost about $120 per group.

Sky High Hot Air Balloons of Middleville also offers fall color tours.

Doug Mills, co-owner of Sky High Hot Air Balloons, said the weather-dependent fall tours typically run through the beginning of November.

The tours cost $250 a person and up to six people can be in a basket.

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