MN Fall Colors Final Push to Peak this weekend

FOMO is the fear of missing out, and the fear is real in Minnesota as this season’s fall colors hang on for their last days of peak color from the annual fall display.

This year’s drought is blamed for less than usual spectacular fall color in our state, although some maple trees have blown me away with vibrant color this fall.

The drought was also predicted to result in a shorter than normal fall color display season, expecting the time between colors and bare trees to pass quicker than normal.

Minnesota MNR

Minnesota MNR

With most of Minnesota in “peak” or “after peak” fall colors, forecasters suggest weekend rains could accelerate leaf loss from trees in southern Minnesota.

Here is my good news; even when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says fall colors are “above peak” for an area, my experience indicates that we should still get out to experience what will still be an amazing and beautiful time spent outdoors.

Discover Minnesota’s Ten Closest State Parks to Explore Fall Colors here.

Minnesota MNR

Minnesota MNR

Last October Amie and I spent five days near Grand Marais, exploring the fall colors of the North Shore, Gunflint Trail and the state parks of northeast Minnesota – and it did not disappoint. .

By the way, we stayed at an Airbnb on Lake Superior that might just be the most amazing rental property in the land of 10,000 lakes. You can find your place in this magical space here. Simone and Andrew were the perfect hosts.

Here’s where we left off in a story titled, ‘Is this the prettiest Airbnb cabin rental in Minnesota?‘ (If you don’t have time to read the review, the answer is YES!)

If you’re heading this direction, we recommend the fall-colored gondola ride in the Lutsen Mountains, Betty’s Pies, Scenic Cafe, Angry Trout Cafe, Hungry Hippe Tacos, and My Sister’s Place in the Grand Marais. The Gunflint Tavern also offers amazing one-of-a-kind cocktails.

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