Hike the Pinckney/Waterloo recreation areas
Distance from Detroit: 55 miles west; one-hour drive
Why it made our list: Ann Arbor is great, and there’s plenty of fall stuff to do there, but you already knew that. So why not Dexter? Jolly Pumpkin’s Dexter tap room offers beer, wine, and spirits from Jolly Pumpkin, North Peak, and others. You’ll also be going to Dexter Cider Mill, and for your outdoor fix, hike/bike the Potawatomi Trail, which starts in the Pinckney recreation area.
Pro tip: Watch out for… ugh, bikers on the Potawatomi Trail. Or, you know, join ‘em.