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Muskegon, MI

Population: 37,861
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Why It’s an Amazing Fall Destination: The Muskegon Lakeshore Region is the epitome of #fallgoals. A local favorite is Pumpkinfest that is known for the main event — the Montague Pumpkin Roll, which is exactly what it sounds like. If carving pumpkins is more your speed, travel south for about an hour to Post Family Farm for hayrides, pumpkin picking and mazes galore. Looking for something more spooky? Haunted Hall is full of tricks. 

Where to Spot the Best Fall Colors: It can get chilly along the shores of Lake Michigan, but fortunately a drive along West Michigan Pike is the perfect way to enjoy the changing leaves. Passing through cozy beach towns like Muskegon and Norton Shores, fall foliage is front and center. Looking to become one with nature? Take a hike at the nearly 200-acre Lake Harbor Park in Norton Shores, which is nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan and Mona Lake. 

What to Eat and Drink: Pull up a seat at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co., a local favorite that serves up unique brews. Currently on tap? A salted caramel porter, known as the S.C.P., that is sure to put you in a festive spirit, literally. 

And While You’re There….: After visiting Muskegon’s adorable downtown, which includes several historical sites, an epic farmers market and some seriously cool public art installations, take in the Depot to Depot Muskegon County Color Tour. The tour is self-guided and includes several stops at historical sites, including the Historic Chamber Train Depot.