Finding Fall's Final Flourish Along Minnesota's Northern Shores
Nature's annual painted tree showcase is particularly spectacular along the Lake Superior coastline. Northeastern Minnesota is crisscrossed with many hiking trails and scenic drives that are even more rewarding from mid- to late-October. Three stops to plan as you drift through nature’s mosaic of fall colors: a cliff-top photo op at Split Rock Lighthouse, a lakeshore agate gathering expedition on one of the beaches, and a pitstop for a slice of home-cooked pie at the local institution, Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides forecasts for the ideal times to experience the autumn show, don’t wait too long though. Minnesota’s inevitable frost is anxiously waiting in the wings.