Fall is in the Air
Waking up here in the Northland has been a bit different recently. The humidity is lower, there is a bit of a chill in the air, and it is a bit darker for a 7:30 AM commute. The signs are all pointing to one thing; fall! Fall is one of the BEST times of the year to experience the North Shore (but really, is there a bad time?). The cool temperatures allow you to hike further more comfortably, and the sunsets/sunrises are absolutely stunning.
A Duluth Bike Path on an early September day. Photo Credits: Woods Creek Productions
One of the main reasons outdoor enthusiasts travel from far and wide to visit our neck of the woods, however, is the AMAZING leaf colors! The North Shore is famous for its autumn colors, with stunning reds and vivacious oranges that would make any photographer cry tears of joy. The typical prime times to visit the incredible leaves are coming soon! You don’t have to go far to see these colors, as some of the best lookouts in the area are right here in Duluth. These areas include Enger Park, Rock Knob at Hartley Park, Bagley Nature Center Lookout, and Hawk’s Ridge Observatory. Each one of these areas is located within Duluth city limits and can be gorgeous during September and October.
Fall colors starting to show in Duluth, MN. Photo Credits: Woods Creek Productions
If you are feeling more adventurous and want to head further north. There are PLENTY of areas that are home to historically beautiful autumn leaves. Lutsen ski area is one of these places. With stunning bluffs and spectacular views of the lake, Lutsen is the Mecca of fall colors! Grand Marais is also a wonderful place to get your orange, red, and yellow fill. While you’re there, check out the World’s Best Donut Shop in downtown Grand Marais. You won’t be disappointed! All the way up near Canada is the 270 Degree Overlook at the northern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trail. There you will get a 270-degree view of some of the most diverse and vibrant landscapes in all of Minnesota! It is a bit of a drive and a hike to get out there, but it is totally worth it!
A leaf in the process of changing colors. Photo Credits: Woods Creek Productions
While this time of year is beautiful, it can be a bit crowded at the popular sightseeing destinations. In order to get the best experience possible, we have compiled a list of our best tips to view the fall colors hassle-free!
- Try to avoid weekends
- Visit early in the morning (at or around sunrise)
- Take some backroads
- Make reservations for a restaurant beforehand
- Buy a Minnesota State Parks Pass
- Bring a daypack with everything you need for the day (don’t plan on coming back to your car)
- Make sure to always tell someone back home where you are going and when you plan to be back
- Charge your camera!
A leaf-filled trail near Duluth, Minnesota. Photo Credits: Woods Creek Productions
As always, make sure to stop by Frost River to pick up your last-minute essentials to make your trip as awesome as it can be. Our spacious, durable daypacks are perfect for any fall colors excursion! We also rent gear through our new rental center, so if you are just up for a day or are planning a whole weekend getaway, we can get you the pack you need! Have fun and stay safe out there!