As the heat and humidity gradually wane, we’ll continue to anticipate winter’s inevitable arrival, but not before relishing Minnesota’s fall foliage. While we undoubtedly cherish the warm weather and sunshine characterized by the summer months, there is something to be said about autumn’s brief window. Every year, visitors from all over the Upper Midwest make the voyage to Northern Minnesota to glimpse some of the most beautiful displays of amber, gold, and crimson on the continent. Whether by foot, car, or boat, the scenic landscape exemplified by our neck of the woods allows for an immersive experience that every nature enthusiast should undergo. In the heart of Minnesota’s “Vacationland,” Big Sandy Lodge & Resort offers an impressive selection of luxury accommodations ideal for any fall getaway. 

Popular Ways to Enjoy the Minnesota Fall Foliage in 2020

While it wouldn’t be overly challenging to hop in your car and go on a little road trip, there are so many ideal places near McGregor, MN to see Minnesota’s fall foliage. Although this picturesque region of the state would surely make a memorable day trip to nowhere, we’d like to offer some guidance to help maximize your fall getaway. Before we get started, we encourage you to peruse the Minnesota fall color map for more details on when to expect the most vibrant scenery

Fall Getaways in Northern Minnesota

One of the most notable aspects of going on a fall getaway in Northern Minnesota is how landmarks and attractions seemingly take on a new personality when the colors shift from emerald to gold. One excellent way to enjoy Minnesota’s fall foliage is to take a hike on the Continental Divide Trail found in Savanna Portage State Park. With over 15,800 acres of rolling meadows, sparkling lakes, and unique wetlands, you’ll gain a new perspective on “leaf-peeping” at Savanna Portage. Before or after your hike, you can make a stop at The Roasting House for a delectable coffee beverage or smoothie and browse their tantalizing assortment of baked goods to take back to the lodge.

Other Things to Do on Your Minnesota Vacation

With so many outdoor activities in our part of Northern Minnesota, it may be easier for you if we present a list to help you devise a plan. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Take advantage of the recreational rental options available by renting a fishing boat, paddle boat, kayak, canoe, or pontoon, and enjoy the autumn colors from the water.
  • Hit the links at Minnesota National Golf Course for a late-season round or two before Old Man Winter shows up.
  • Take County Highway 14 north (Lake Avenue) along the Prairie and West Savanna Rivers.
  • If you’re seeking a brief retreat to a more urban setting, make a day trip to Duluth, MN, on Lake Superior’s shores, where you’ll find a multitude of chic clothing stores, eclectic eateries, inviting breweries, and of course, Canal Park. The vantage points overlooking the world’s largest lake are spectacular.

The Best Minnesota Resort in the North Country

Whether it’s a stroll through the park, a quintessential autumn cruise, or something in between, there are many ways to enjoy Minnesota’s fall foliage this season. With a bevy of on-site amenities, including a noteworthy selection of dining options and lodge activities, there’s fun for everyone at Big Sandy. For more information or to make reservations, please contact us online or call 218-426-5040.