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Make the most of road trips to enjoy fall foliage


By Alex Doty



Jaunts to view fall colors are popular excursions come autumn. The vivid color on display in forests and parks is simply too much for many motorists to resist.


There are many areas people can go in the West Michigan area, from along Lakeshore Drive from Grand Haven to Holland, up near Muskegon in the Whitehall area.


Whether in Ottawa County or elsewhere, there are plenty of places to pack the family into the car and head out onto the road for an adventure.


One popular road trip is to take Robbins Road east to Mercury Drive to Riverside Park. Then head south on 104th Avenue, east on Osborn Street, south on 68th Avenue, and east on to M-45.


From there, drivers can go south onto 48th Avenue and east on Fillmore Street. In Jenison, take a left on Baldwin and a left on Chicago Drive. In Grandville, take a left on Wilson to M-11/28th Street, and a left onto M-11 northbound. Then take a left on Fennesey Street, a left on Leonard Road through Spring Lake and go back to Grand Haven.


When planning a road trip to see fall foliage, pay attention to weather and foliage reports. Remember, road trips are quite popular this time of year, and municipal parks may be quite crowded on the weekends.


If you can spare time off during the week, it may work to your advantage to cruise around when traffic is less congested. Bring along maps or a GPS system so that you can travel to multiple areas.


Autumn leaves can be enjoyed from a car, but they are equally enjoyable when experienced on a hiking trip. Pack a bagged lunch and picnic in a quiet spot, and you’re bound to spot squirrels and other wildlife gathering up food reserves in preparation for the winter weather.


Weather, light and water supply will influence the shades of colors as well, and rainy weather makes them more vivid.


The best days to see leaves are those days that are cool and dry. Leaves that fall on roadways and are dampened by rain can be very slippery, so it is important to exercise caution while driving.COLOR 1 CMYK