Paul Vachon

Michigan Fall Colors: Four Days on the Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula offers one of the nation’s best yearly displays of fall colors. Collectively, the area’s assortment of flaming maples, oaks, and various other hardwoods reveal a truly stunning palette of reds, ambers, and yellows—balanced with a fair amount of aquamarine from the high number of evergreens. During the weeks prior to your trip, monitor the fall color reports via the media and be prepared to change your plans as necessary.

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Seeing the Soo Locks

Nearly every visitor to the Soo makes a pilgrimage to the locks, right in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The area has a lovely park, a walkway, interpretive plaques explaining areas of historic interest, and it’s easy to while away an hour or two watching the ships as they crawl through the locks with seemingly just inches to spare. But there’s plenty more to do too—like your own “lock through” on a boat tour.

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Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula in Four Days

To the uninitiated, the Upper Peninsula’s deceptively large size can come as a shock. Visiting the U.P. with too little time can be a real disappointment. The solution is a well-planned four-day getaway. If you have only a few days and are arriving from the Lower Peninsula, follow this plan to take in the highlights of the eastern U.P. Make sure to have your passport on hand, and don’t look at the odometer!

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.