Autumn is a special time of year in Minnesota. The landscape is splashed with color as trees, shrubs and even prairie grasses take on golden, ruby and tangerine hues. Cooler temperatures make it the perfect time for outdoor fun – hiking, biking, paddling and golfing. Changing lake temperatures get the fish biting.
Fall colors provide a colorful backdrop to these activities, and for many, are reason alone to plan a road trip to enjoy the bright hues. Fall color drives can be a short day trip or a long weekend; there are lots of great places to view a brilliant array of foliage throughout the state.
The fall color show in Minnesota begins along the northern border in early September, and the color spreads southward over the next several weeks. Each year, the fall color progression varies based on the weather, so check the latest fall color reports.
Weekly reports by Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Department of Natural Resources track this color display and give details on fall flowers and bird migrations. Reports are available by phone, online and by e-mail.