Fall in Greater Lansing is bursting with color and this particular time of year provides beautiful sunrises and sunsets. With that combination, you are sure to get some amazing photos! The guide below will lead you to the most Fall filled Instagrammable spots every traveler needs to visit when they’re in the Greater Lansing area.


State Capitol Building

Our State Capitol Building is a beautifully preserved monument on its own. With perfectly manicured landscaping and colorful trees this is a definite must for a Fall photo op. Make sure to get a view on the inside as well! In person Capitol tours are available Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on the hour, tours can be booked by calling (517) 373-2353.


Grand + Red Cedar Rivers

Exploring along the banks of the Grand River or Red Cedar River during the autumn season is a beautiful sight. Whether you're paddling down or in one of the many parks tucked alongside the rivers, you're sure to capture some great fall foliage. For paddling and bike rental, River Town Adventures is ready to help you spend a colorful day.

Michigan State University

As a Big Ten University, Michigan State University has a plethora of places to enjoy the Fall views. From exquisite gardens like the W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens to the awe-inspiring architecture of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, you are sure to experience some wonderful photo worthy moments on campus.


Nature Centers

Greater Lansing has not one, but three, amazing family-friendly nature centers. You'll be enveloped in Fall colors at Fenner Nature Center, Harris Nature Center and Woldumar Nature Center.


Lansing River Trail

This 17+ mile trail traces the banks of the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers and winds through artsy Old Town Lansing, passes through several parks, including the new Rotary Park, pierces straight through the heart of downtown Lansing and connects with the super-sized campus of Michigan State University. You may also come across the 3.5 mile ARTpath which adds more exciting visuals for walkers, runners, kayakers and bikers alike.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Those three smokestacks you can see on the horizon of Lansing's city limits are locally known as Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. And they provide a unique element to showcase in your autumn themed posts—see below! You can see these three in places like REO Town Lansing, Cooley Gardens and Scott Sunken Garden.


Cider Mills

Fall wouldn't be complete without a trip to one of our local cider mills! Uncle John's Cider Mill is an amazing place to showcase picturesque autumn backdrops.


Greater Lansing is in full color and ready for its close up! There are so many great spots to capture an autumn day, for even more inspiration see below!


Photography: Tom Genarra and our #lovelansing community—a special thanks for their awesome imagery and social media posts.