Must Views in Northeast Minnesota


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Fall in Northeast Minnesota is filled with beauty and excitement—nature, national parks, charming towns and, of course, spectacular fall colors. If you listen, you can hear it calling to you every year about this time. Whether you’re looking for a wilderness adventure, an exciting new city or just a quiet place to sit and think for a while, the "must views" below make the perfect destinations for the ultimate Minnesota fall getaway. Choose your favorites and create your own autumn adventure.

Cook County

Storm Season on the North Shore. It is not typical to plan a trip around the hope of inclement weather. However, when a Nor'easter hits the northern shores of Lake Superior, there is no experience like it. The Gales of November are when the lake turns aggressive with swells that can reach up to 20 feet high before crashing into the shore. In Cook County, we celebrate this wild weather season by hosting the annual Lake Superior Storm Festival. Events include Lake Superior Facts sheet, shipwreck stories, the annual Lake Superior wave dash, and more.

Crane Lake

Abdiel Bridge Crane Lake
New Bridge Over the Vermilion River

Hop on your ATV and ride the trails in the Crane Lake area! Visit the new 185 ft bridge that spans the Vermillion River connecting a major trail system or visit the newly constructed Pelican River Overlook. Local business hours may be limited this time of year so please call ahead for lodging and dining options.

Grand Rapids

Come be entertained in Grand Rapids, Minnesota this October and November. In Grand Rapids you will find live music, art, and professional productions in relaxed venues that allows for an intimate experience. Experience Minnesota musicians at our local craft breweries and other nightlife establishments. Enjoy art at MacRostie Art Center, Reif Center and monthly First Friday Art Walk. Take in a professional show at The Reif Performance Center. Stay in one of our cozy lodging options that have views of Minnesota's nature.


Hawk Release Landscape
Releasing a hawk

Now is a wonderful time to Visit Duluth! There is so much to enjoy in Duluth during the autumn season. With a variety of lodging options, you can relax in comfort and rest up for your next day’s adventure. And the city’s thriving cuisine and brew scene will keep you going all day long. Come midweek and discover the same great, adventurous Duluth while enjoying deals around town and quieter trails and streets.


In Ely, the last of the leaves might be falling but it only marks our transition into another beautiful season in the Northland. With plenty of time for a final trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from one of the local entry points, a local Guide says that "with good preparation, cooler temp trips can be the most enjoyable". Cooler indeed, Ely's historic downtown will soon be filled with Wintergreen Northern Wear and Steger Mukluk clad enthusiasts. The only ones looking forward to Winter more than Elyites and our Visitors are the Sled Dogs! 

Mesabi Iron Range

Iron Man Statue
Iron Man Statue at Minnesota Discovery Center

Escape rooms, symphony performances, planetarium shows and craft fairs are just some of the fun activities happening on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range in November. When you head north, make sure to check their calendar for events the whole family will enjoy.

International Falls

In the International Falls area it's the time of year migrating birds are heading south, and as leaves drop, many are easier to spot. Miles of trails both within and outside of Voyageurs National Park provide excellent access. There are also upland birds and raptors that stay here all year. Trails outside the park are open to small game hunting with thousands of acres of prime habitat for ruffed grouse. Fall ends with the 25th Annual Christmas Parade in downtown International Falls, Friday, November 29th. After that, expect to see snowfall and access to snowmobile, ski and snowshoe trails opening up.


Magical Bentleyville. America’s Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display, Bentleyville invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 5 million lights in a 20-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Superior, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows!  And Proctor makes this magical experience incredibly easy. Picture the long line of cars going to Bentleyville. Now picture yourself in a private shuttle going right to the front of the line.

Proctor is a proud sponsor of Bentleyville, and will once again partner with Road Trip Limo to offer our hotel guests personal shuttle service on Friday and Saturday nights.  Call our hotels directly to book your room and shuttle service-space is limited.

Discover more of beautiful Northeast Minnesota and plan your fall getaway.