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Fall Color Tour 2020, hit the open road

Posted at 5:12 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 05:25:14-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The fall color tour is back in Kent County, giving Michiganders the chance to explore parts of the Mitten State they’ve likely never seen before.

The Kent County Road Commission is releasing their updated tour as autumn colors are expected to peak throughout the area on October 12. Each week KCRC will unveil a new route on their webpage and social media outlets. These routes can be driven individually for shorter trips or connected for longer outings. Click here for the first map release, stretching throughout East Kent County. Steve Warren, managing director with KCRC says Michiganders can use the maps to guide them along some of the prettiest geography Michigan has to offer.

“We’ve picked new routes, something that we look at each year to highlight some of the best roads in the county,” Warren said.

KCRC has been offering this scenic tour since the 1950s. This year’s routes interweave 175 miles of road improvements with stops at local hot spots like Seidman Park and Fallasburg Park. Tourists are encouraged to take pictures and post them online with the tag #lovefallroads. You can also tag KCRC @mikcrc on social media.

Warren warns the public to keep an eye out for possible construction and give our road crews a ‘brake’. "I want to emphasize that as people are out traveling our roads, give those construction workers a break. Make sure that they're traveling safely through our work sites."

Warren says the tour is a great way to release pent-up cabin fever stemming from the pandemic and a safe way to enjoy the fall foliage from your own vehicle.

In 2019, the color tour encompassed over 240 miles divided into nine routes, showcasing some of the county's most colorful roadways. So buckle up, take pictures, and have fun.