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Fall into the Season in Minnesota

by Angelique Platas

Oct 3, 2019

Explore Minnesota


Get into the seasonal spirit with a color wheel of fun. Minnesota is about to hit its peak fall foliage season, which means it’s time for autumn-loving families to pack up the kids and hit the road.


Whether making the most of the peak season this year or planning early for next, here’s a colorful list of ways to take in the stunning natural beauty of the Gopher State.


First things first, check out Explore Minnesota’s tourism site for the weekly fall color reports — this is the best way to get updates and in-the-know information about the state’s vibrant changing colors, where to spot them and when to visit.

Scenic overlook in Great River Bluffs State Park near Winona. Photo: Explore Minnesota

Stick to the state’s northern border in the earlier fall months, like September, and travel south with the changing leaves through October. Check out the full 2019 forecast and predictions here, with more details online.


So now you have the timing plotted, you just need to plan how best to explore the fall foliage. For families who bike, hike and nature walk together, Minnesota is a minefield of activity.

Split Rock Lighthouse on a fall day. Photo: Explore Minnesota, Scott Syring

For Hikers

Beginning with the most obvious way to explore, head to Hike MN for 10 different state-specific trail suggestions, all designed to encourage everyone from novice hikers to expert climbers to get outside. The site breaks down trail by difficulty, duration and more to make the wild adventure accessible for all ages and skill levels. Explore the stunning trails and states parks while taking in the fleeting fall colors and mild temperatures.


Hit the Open Road

If hiking isn’t really your family’s thing or you just need a well-deserved break, Minnesota boasts plenty of stunning fall color drives. Cruise through a flame of colors and natural wonders lining the road, all from the comfort of your car or RV. You’ll pass many stunners from lakes and thick forests to cascading waterfalls and prairies. Check out a few state parks along the way or keep going south to your accommodations. Either way, your family is about to get an eye-full of fall foliage.

Fall scene along Mesabi bike trail. Photo: Explore Minnesota

For Festival Seekers

‘Tis the season for beer fests, apple picking and pumpkin everything, and Minnesota is no stranger to a fall festival. Head to any number of Oktoberfests and craft fairs with this list of seasonal fun. You’ll get your fall foliage and fun all in one place with pumpkin weighing competitions and good, old-fashioned activities for all ages with this list of events.


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