Fall in Greater Lansing is a sight to behold, with vibrant colors and stunning sunrises and sunsets. To help you capture the essence of this magical season, we have put together a guide to the most Instagrammable spots in the area. Whether you're a professional photographer or just looking to snap a few pics for your feed, these locations are sure to provide the perfect backdrop for your fall photos. So grab your camera and get ready to explore the best of Greater Lansing's fall foliage!

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State Capitol Building

If you're looking for the perfect spot for a fall photo, look no further than the State Capitol Building. With its stunning architecture and beautifully manicured landscaping, this monument is a true sight to behold. But don't just admire it from the outside—step inside and take a tour to truly appreciate the building's rich history and architectural beauty. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour. To book your tour, simply call (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.

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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 CenterHarris Nature Center and Woldumar Nature Center.

Lansing River Trail

This 20+ 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.

Family Farms

Fall wouldn't be complete without a trip to one of our local family farms! Our favorite place for all things fall is at Uncle John's Cider Mill. Uncle John's has become a beloved destination for families looking to experience all the joys of autumn. From apple picking to hayrides, there's something for everyone at this picturesque farm. Take a stroll through the orchard and breathe in the crisp autumn air while picking your own apples, or hop on a hayride and enjoy the stunning fall foliage.

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.

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 (header image) and our #lovelansing community—a special thanks for their awesome imagery and social media posts.