First Day of Fall 2015: Fall colors to peak in Michiana in the coming weeks

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Get out your scarves and order a pumpkin spice latte — the first day of fall is finally here.

The autumn equinox — the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south — happened precisely at 4:22 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. 

Apple orchards are expanding hours for apple and pumpkin picking, stores are filling up with Halloween costumes and many Michiana residents are looking forward the changing colors of leaves.

Trees began turning from green to deep yellow, bright orange and fire red a few weeks ago, but the peak is still a few weeks off. Fall foliage will peak in southern Michigan and northern Indiana from Oct. 5 to Oct. 21, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

Get the most out of the autumn beauty by visiting an apple orchard, taking a trip to a Michigan winery or scheduling a fall color tour.

The Elkhart Truth’s 2014 color tour is sure to offer beautiful colors again in 2015. The tour begins in Bristol and winds through Michigan back roads to Three Rivers, Mich., before heading back to Bristol. There are plenty of parks, restaurants and even an apple orchard where you can stretch your legs along the way.

The state of Michigan also has set color tours that go through various areas of the state. You can also check out the beautiful fall foliage at various spots around the state of Indiana.