Maple Grove, Minnesota Color Drives


    Changing Leaves in Maple Grove

    A FREE activity with your family: Check out all the changing leaves in and around the Twin Cities.

    This Sunday, grab your keys and head out on the road. Leaves are changing and colors this time of year are out of this world. Plan a day, or even just an hour, to take a scenic drive through part of Minnesota. Whether you stay local in Maple Grove or head north, there are many great drives to take.


    Why not plan some activities along your drive? Especially if you have kids, this can make it more of an enjoyable adventure.

    • Plan to go out for lunch at local restaurant you’ve never been to before.
    • We are in the heart of bird migration season, take with binoculars and a birding book to see which ones are still around.
    • Stop and go for a hike at one of the many Minnesota State Parks.
    • Pick up leaves to press and save in a book or on a piece of paper for a keepsake.

    If you are looking for suggestions of drives to take, here are a few good resources:

    North Shore Fall Color Report

    An excerpt from the page: North Shore Fall Color Report is published numerous times a week starting September 1st. Sharp increase of wolf sightings along Hwy 61 in Cook County. Fall colors along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior are mainly; maple, poplar / aspen, birch, tamarack and some oak. Go to current report.


    Finding Fall Colors – Midwest Weekends

    An excerpt from the page: As anyone who’s ever planned a fall trip knows, peak leaf color can be elusive.

    Betting on a burst of spectacular color is like plugging nickels into a slot machine. To win, all of the figures have to line up: the right number of warm days and cool nights, the right levels of sugar produced, the right amounts of moisture. Read More


    Best Places to see Fall Colors in Minnesota – CBS Local

    An excerpt from the page: With the end of summer, some people get depressed thinking about the cold weather and the snow that will soon be around the corner when winter rolls around. But if you think like that, you will be missing out on perhaps the most colorful season in Minnesota — autumn. And you can get quite the view of amazing fall foliage in Minnesota. The state is known for its outdoor beauty and expansive lakes, so the fall colors seen across the land have a beautiful backdrop for leaf-changing lovers to observe. Read More


    5 Fantastic Fall Drives – Minnesota Monthly

    An excerpt from the page: Anytime is a great time for a road trip, but none is better in Minnesota and the Midwest than autumn, when the forests and woodlands are alive with color. Any of these five routes will keep you occupied for a weekend. Read More.


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