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  • Artsy

    • Fall Music Festivals
      Fall Music Festivals

      Fall offers a calendar full of concerts and music festivals, with more events listed as the season draws near.

      See a show
    • From Farm to Yarn
      From Farm to Yarn

      From the farmers to the weavers, Minnesota’s fiber community is tightly knit by their shared passion.

      Start Spinning
    • Art Studio Tours
      Art Studio Tours

      From painters to potters, from workers in stone, steel and colorful fabrics, many Minnesota artists open their studios to visitors in the fall.

      Search studio tours
    • 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

    • Warm Up at a Local Coffee Shop
      Warm Up at a Local Coffee Shop

      In Minnesota, a local coffee shop is never far away, whether it's on a small town main street or in a big city neighborhood.

      Take a sip
    • Minnesota Food Culture has Diverse Origins
      Minnesota Food Culture has Diverse Origins

      For those who truly want to understand the diversity of Minnesota's communities, cultures and cuisines, you can’t beat a cooking class.

      Try Something New
    • 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
    • Drink & Eat
      Drink & Eat

      The Explore Minnesota drinking and eating guide lists and links to more than 1,000 restaurants throughout the state, as well as breweries and wineries.

      Dine on
  • Family

    • Fall Color Road Trips
      Fall Color Road Trips

      Minnesota's scenic byways meander through a wide variety of landscapes: the lake-splashed north woods, tumbling waterfalls, grand bluffs towering above winding rivers, ribbons of prairie and city parks.

      Hit the road
    • Corn Mazes Make Fall Fun
      Corn Mazes Make Fall Fun

      Each fall, intricate corn mazes crop up at Minnesota farms, wineries, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches, following the centuries-old European maze tradition.

      Get lost
    • 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

    • A Beginner's Boundary Waters Itinerary
      A Beginner's Boundary Waters Itinerary

      This four-day itinerary highlights some incredible Boundary Waters sights and camping spots, and ends with a hearty dose of small town Minnesota on the final day.

      Start paddling
    • 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
    • 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
    • Dog-Friendly Hikes & Breweries
      Dog-Friendly Hikes & Breweries

      Hike up a thirst on the trail and head to the nearest dog-friendly brewery patio for some food, fun and Minnesota craft beer!

      Get your paws dirty
  • Events

    • Family-Friendly Fall Festivals
      Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

      Load up the kids and head out for adventure at one of Minnesota's many exciting fall festivals and fairs.

      Search festivals
    • #OnlyinMN Monument
      #OnlyinMN Monument

      The #OnlyinMN Monument is a traveling, must-snap photo op. Find out where it is and where it's going next.

      Find the Monument
    • Halloween Fun
      Halloween Fun

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

      Halloween Fun for All Ages
    • 10 Fun Fall Activities
      10 Fun Fall Activities

      Apple picking, football and pumpkin-flavored everything can only mean one thing: Fall has arrived in Minnesota.

      Weigh your options

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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