Stunning Minnesota autumn scenery entices thousands to enjoy fall color tours all across the state. Enjoy our autumn photos and get out to see Minnesota transform into an autumn paradise. Bring your camera!
Minnesota Autumn Scenery at Oberg Mountain
Your fall color viewing opportunities begin in Northern Minnesota and progress south from September through October. The North Shore of Lake Superior, from Duluth to the Canadian border, is your destination for the earliest, and some of the best, leaf looking.
There is no better time of year for fall color road trips. Minnesota road trips, including a fall color tour along the Great River Road, will reward you with some of the best of what Minnesota offers.
The Lake Superior Circle tour is another wonderful way to see this beautiful season. Start with a day or two in Duluth.
Hotels in Duluth fill up as people make it their "home base" for exploring the North Shore's autumn paradise.
Don't leave Duluth too quickly...you will get some wonderfully colorful views from Skyline Drive above the city and by driving some of the back roads that lead out of town.
You might also take a narrated ride out of Duluth on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Short tours leave several times each day.
When you are ready to head farther north, take Highway 61 along the North Shore. If your fall color tour includes hiking, the Superior Hiking Trail stretches for 205 miles along the north shore. Your hike will take you through some of the most beautiful autumn scenery anywhere.
For shorter hikes, visit any one of the many state parks along the shore. At Gooseberry Falls State Park you can enjoy the falls highlighted by the lovely fall color. Two hiking trails will take you along the river and down to Lake Superior.
On a day trip from Duluth, you may want to go at least as far as Lutsen where you can take a tram ride up Lutsen Mountain to view our Minnesota autumn scenery from above. Fill your photo album with autumn pictures!
If you have more than one day to travel the shore, take in some of the charms of Two Harbors, and Grand Marais as well.
Autumn splendor is not by any means limited to the North Shore area. A fall camping trip to one of Northwestern Minnesota's state parks like Itasca will give you yet another unique fall color display.
If your opportunity for leaf looking comes later in the fall, you will want to explore Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities areas.
South of the Twin Cities, all the way to the Iowa border, will be the latest of the season's opportunities to view Minnesota autumn scenery. Depending on the effects of the year's weather, you should be able to see good fall color well into October in the southern part of the state.
Lanesboro, called "Minnesota's lovliest small town" is always one of our top picks for a fall getaway. You can bike the Root River Trail or drive the back roads taking in this autumn paradise.
Blue Mounds State Park is another favorite autumn destination. As you explore this area of the state, stop at an apple orchard or pumpkin patch.
All across the state you will find fun fall festivals and events set in lovely Minnesota autumn scenery.