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Fall Color in Minnesota: Minnesota Fall Color

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Minnesota is known for its beautiful fall, with mild days, clear skies and sunshine, and some of the most gorgeous and vibrant fall color in the nation.

Minnesota is nationally recognized as a place where the trees are respected and cared for - the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are both designated a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation. And they are not alone. 96 other cities around Minnesota, including many in the Metro Area, are also recognized as a Tree City USA too.

Whether you are a local, or visiting the state of Minnesota in the fall, here's resources on when to expect the best fall color in Minnesota, and where to go to enjoy fall color in Minnesota.

When is the best time of the year for fall color in Minnesota?

The exact time for fall color depends on the weather, and on where you are in Minnesota.

In the Twin Cities, the leaves usually begin to change color in mid- to late-September. The peak of the fall color is usually around first and second week in October. The colors last another week or two past that, and then the leaves start to fall and we can expect winter days soon.

In Northern Minnesota, such as Duluth, Ely, the North Shore and Grand Marais, the fall color season begins earlier, perhaps as soon as Labor Day. The peak of fall color is usually the very end of September and first week of October. By mid-October, the leaves will be falling and winter will start to set in.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has an excellent fall color status map, covering the whole of the state, plus the most recent photographs from Minnesota's state parks.

Where are the best places to go to see Fall Color in Minnesota?

With many cities in the Metro Area designated Tree Cities USA, it's easy to appreciate fall color in your own back yard and all around the Twin Cities. Here's some great places to see fall color in the Twin Cities.

But, this is a perfect time of year to get out of the cities and take a drive in the countryside. There are many places to visit, especially in the St. Croix Valley, and Bluff Country, with gorgeous river views and lots of fall color to appreciate. Fall Color day trips from the Twin Cities

Or, another day trip idea is to go Apple Picking, or visit a Pumpkin Patch. There are many within an hour's drive of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

And for a longer weekend, heading north is the classic fall color destination. The North Shore is gorgeous, but usually busy, and Ely, Grand Marais, and other northern Minnesota destinations are great choices too. Fall Color in Northern Minnesota - Weekend trips from the Twin Cities.

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