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  • Artsy

    • Take a Fall Art Studio Tour
      Take a Fall Art Studio Tour

      Fall is the most popular time of year for art studio tours in Minnesota, when art lovers can roam from studio to studio, with opportunities to talk to the artists and see them at work, as well as purchase pieces to take home.

      Get Artsy
    • Minnesota's Most Memorable Murals
      Minnesota's Most Memorable Murals

      Minnesota's most iconic murals can be found in big cities and small towns all across the state. Some are decades old, while others are new additions.

      See Them All
    • Find Your True North
      Find Your True North

      It's the way a painting stops you in your tracks. It's the first notes of your favorite song reverberating through the venue. It's your True North, and it's only in Minnesota.

      Go Find It
    • Hidden Gem Museums
      Hidden Gem Museums

      Minnesota is full of hidden gem museums; you just need to know where to look.

      Seek Them Out
  • Culinary

    • Where to Pick (And Eat) Minnesota Apples
      Where to Pick (And Eat) Minnesota Apples

      Dozens of open-to-the-public orchards dot the landscape around the state, and Minnesotans and visitors alike will have no shortage of good picking come early September through late October.

      Take a bite
    • 10 LGBTQ-Owned Restaurants in MN
      10 LGBTQ-Owned Restaurants in MN

      Show your rainbow pride by digging in at these awesome spots in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Duluth and beyond.

      Dig In
    • Minnesota's Most Iconic Meal
      Minnesota's Most Iconic Meal

      Take a cheeseburger, but instead of putting the cheese on top, stuff it inside the patty. The result is called a Juicy Lucy, and it's one food you have to try during your Minnesota vacation.

      Take a bite
    • Fall Treats Beyond Pumpkin Spice
      Fall Treats Beyond Pumpkin Spice

      The feel of fall food and drink isn't just one note: It's smoky, it's spicy, it's apple sweet, it's soothing and it's warm.

      Try Something New
  • Family

    • Kid-Friendly Fall Road Trips
      Kid-Friendly Fall Road Trips

      Fall is the best time of year for a family road trip. The memories made on these kid-friendly drives will stay with your kids—and you—forever.

      Hit the road
    • Fall Colors on the North Shore
      Fall Colors on the North Shore

      It’s always worth visiting the North Shore, but in September and October, the region transforms into a truly magical destination that practically insists on becoming your annual vacation spot.

      Hit the Shore
    • Unique Minnesota Pumpkin Patches
      Unique Minnesota Pumpkin Patches

      Whether you prefer pumpkin pies, corn mazes or hay rides, here’s one thing we can all agree on: Your family will love exploring these 11 unique Minnesota pumpkin patches.

      Get Pumped
    • Halloween Fun
      Halloween Fun

      From kid-friendly to frightening, Halloween celebrations of all types can be found in Minnesota.

      Halloween Fun for All Ages
  • Outdoorsy

    • The Perfect Fall Bike Ride
      The Perfect Fall Bike Ride

      Biking the 40-mile loop around Lake Minnetonka is everything good about fall in Minnesota wrapped up in a tidy, close-to-home bow.

      Go For a Ride
    • Hike Minnesota
      Hike Minnesota

      From Zippel Bay State Park up on the state's northern border to Pipestone National Monument in the southwestern prairie, you will find excellent hiking and a rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota.

      Get Your Boots Dirty
    • Paddle Your Way Through Autumn
      Paddle Your Way Through Autumn

      Craving the perfect fall day? Grab a paddle and your watercraft of choice to soak up the last of the warm weather and admire autumn’s brilliant colors mirrored across the surface of regional rivers.

      Start Paddling
    • Fall for Fall Golf
      Fall for Fall Golf

      From city and suburban courses to rugged north woods terrain and sweeping Mississippi River Valley vistas, Minnesota golf is second to none.

      Tee up your trip
  • Events

    • 48 Must-Attend Minnesota Events
      48 Must-Attend Minnesota Events

      Whether you're into art, animals or marathons, you're sure to find an event worth traveling to this fall in Minnesota.

      Read more
    • Oktoberfests in Minnesota
      Oktoberfests in Minnesota

      This 200-year-old Bavarian tradition has grown far beyond its origins in Munich, with multiple celebrations held right here in Minnesota.

      Raise Your Bier
    • Get Thee to the Renaissance Festival
      Get Thee to the Renaissance Festival

      Lords, ladies, knights, fairies and everyone else (dogs, too!) are implored to journey back in time to the annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Leave your inhibitions at home; this is a place where the best way to fit in is to be yourself.

      Read More
    • 10 Fun Fall Activities
      10 Fun Fall Activities

      This special season is short and sweet, so make the most of it by checking at least a few of these awesome autumn activities off your list.

      Read more

More Reasons to

  • Drive the Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway

    Driving around the state’s second-largest inland lake has long been a popular activity for Minnesota travelers, but its designation as the Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway cements its reputation as one of Minnesota’s top fall color drives.

    Read More
  • Get the Fall Color Report

    When it comes to fall color, timing is everything. Sign up for free weekly fall color reports so you always know where to find the best fall foliage in Minnesota.

    Yes, Sign Me Up
  • 18 Free Things to Do

    Going on vacation doesn't have to mean spending a lot of money. In Minnesota, there are plenty of attractions and activities that are completely free to visitors.

    Visit Them All
  • 10 Fun Fall Activities

    This special season is short and sweet, so make the most of it by checking at least a few of these awesome autumn activities off your list.

    Check Them Off
  • 10 Fall Color Drives

    Hit the road for an unforgettable drive through a rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota this autumn. The list includes some well-known favorites, and some lesser-known gems where you don't have to share the view with a crowd.

    Take The Long Way
  • Find Real Frights at Haunted Sites

    From eerie fog to aggressive spirits, paranormal activities at several historic sites may trigger deeper chills than fear creeping up your spine. Here’s a look at a few of Minnesota’s most haunted haunts.

    Get Spooky
  • 4 Great Towns for a Girls Getaway

    Whether it’s for a gathering of moms giddy at being off-duty or empty-nesters and retirees with the freedom to feel like a kid again, here are four destinations ideal for some footloose fun.

    Plan Your Getaway
  • Apple Orchards, Breweries & Festivals

    Fall is peak time to get out in the country and explore Minnesota’s back roads, see the splendor of fall foliage, savor homegrown products at harvest time, and celebrate at seasonal festivals.

    Find Fall Fun
  • Tour the Twin Cities on the Green Line

    When you visit the Twin Cities, riding the Green Line light rail is the best way to experience the many cultures, cuisines and attractions that make up Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Read more
  • Explore Minnesota by Train

    If you love to adventure in comfort, visiting Minnesota by train might be for you.

    All Aboard

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