10 Country Roads In Minnesota That Are Pure Bliss In The Fall

Fall is a great time to explore scenic places in Minnesota. The summer humidity is gone, but the winter chill hasn’t quite worked its way in yet. Trips to the lake are replaced with cozy evenings indoors and, if you can’t get enough of autumn, an annual trip to see the leaves. After all, there’s nothing more magical than fall foliage in Minnesota, and a leisurely car ride makes for the perfect viewing adventure. There are hundreds more country roads, but here are the ten best scenic drives in Minnesota to appreciate during fall.

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Those are just ten of the most magical Minnesota country roads to drive in the fall. Which ones have you driven? Do you know of any of the best scenic drives in Minnesota that didn’t make the list? We’re always eager to hear about your favorite things to do in Minnesota, so let us know what you think by leaving a Facebook comment.

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Best Scenic Drives In Minnesota

September 09, 2021

When can I see peak fall foliage in Minnesota?

While every year is slightly different, Minnesotans can typically expect to enjoy peak fall colors beginning near the end of September and continuing through mid-October. Of course, this might vary based on which region of the state you’re in and how immersed you plan to be in the falling leaves. Check out this handy fall color finder from the Department of Natural Resources for more information about how to schedule your scenic drive. 

Which hiking trails in Minnesota are best during the fall?

Luckily for folks who call Minnesota home (and those who visit), the state offers an impressive collection of outdoor adventures during the autumn months. There’s nothing quite like taking a break from your scenic drive to enjoy a fall hike in Minnesota, whether you’re a beginner or more of a serious nature enthusiast. Favorite options include Twin Lake Trail in McGregor and Ironwood Trail in Pelican Rapids, but you can check out a full listing of fall strolling spots here

What are the best fall day trips in Minnesota?

Embarking on a fall foliage road trip through Minnesota has plenty of perks, but you might want to extend your adventure and visit some of the state’s best autumn attractions. From pumpkin patches to annual harvest festivals, there are so many things to do here. We recommend reading our previous article for the top fall day trips in Minnesota.