Top 5 routes to witness colorful fall across Minnesota

Stephanie Moua

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Minnesota has plenty to offer, from the beautiful fall colors to the beautiful autumn nights. There's something for everyone in this beautiful state. Check the following top five routes to enjoy the state's fascinating colors.

1. NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR

The first route is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. This route is known for its stunning fall color and lake views. The scarlet maples and yellow aspen along the road make it a favorite with leaf peepers. All the beauty can be witnessed from Highway 61, Duluth to Grand Portage.

2. IRON RANGE LOOP

There's a lot to see in Virginia, including the beautiful mix of color on the circle drive. There are also plenty of other highlights, such as hiking the Iron Range Off-Highway vehicle Rec Area and the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame. All those are scattered across Highway 169 from Virginia to Tower, Highway 135 through Biwabik back to Virginia.

3. MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS

Itasca State Park, which is the source of the Mississippi River, is also on this route. There are also paved bike trails in both Itasca and Bemidji State Park. Go to Highway 71 between Park Rapids and Bemidji to see the stunning colors of Itasca State Park.

4. TWIN CITIES TOURING

Few cities can offer such beautiful drives in the fall. However, the Twin Cities provides a beautiful view of Circle Lake of the Isles, Harriet and Nokomis Lakes, and Minnehaha Falls. Take a drive along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, which features numerous lakes and falls.

5. MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY

Drive along the Mississippi River in beautiful fall colors. The route is on Highway 61 between Red Wing and La Crescent. From beautiful river towns to scenic overlooks, this route is a must-see.

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