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.
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.
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.
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.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).