Cascading leaves in Minnesota in the fall.

Ah, the magic of Minnesota in the fall! 🍂

As summer bids farewell and nature starts painting its canvas in warm hues, it’s the perfect time to embark on an autumn adventure. For active women travelers seeking stunning fall foliage, Minnesota unveils a tapestry of colors across its landscapes. 

We’re Canyon Calling, and we lead active, women-only tours around the world. Join us as we explore five must-visit fall foliage Minnesota hotspots that will leave you in awe. ✨

5 Fall Foliage Hotspots in Minnesota in the Fall

Minnesota Tour Fall Hotspot #1:  Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Picture yourself gliding through mirrored waters, surrounded by a mosaic of reds, oranges, and golds reflected in the pristine lakes. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area offers a unique perspective on Minnesota in the fall, where you can paddle among ancient forests and witness the beauty of the season from a tranquil canoe. As you navigate through the interconnected waterways, keep an eye out for moose and other wildlife against the backdrop of vibrant autumn colors. What a treat!

Minnesota Tour Fall Hotspot #2: Superior National Forest

Step into a world of towering pines and vibrant maples in the Superior National Forest. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a scenic trail surrounded by a symphony of autumn colors. The forest comes alive with hues of yellow, crimson, and amber, creating a breathtaking canopy overhead. 

As you traverse the rugged terrain, listen to the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and breathe in the crisp, invigorating air. Don’t forget your camera—every turn reveals a new postcard-worthy view, whether it’s a secluded waterfall or a panoramic vista overlooking the forested hills.

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”


Minnesota Tour Fall Hotspot #3: North Shore Scenic Drive

Embark on the iconic North Shore Scenic Drive along Lake Superior, where the shoreline transforms into a gallery of fall colors. Wind your way through charming towns like Grand Marais and Lutsen, stopping at scenic overlooks to capture the rugged coastline ablaze with autumn hues. 

There’s a lot to see on the North Shore Scenic Drive, and you won’t want to miss a second! Keep an eye out for the historic Split Rock Lighthouse, perched atop cliffs overlooking the vast expanse of Lake Superior—a true symbol of the region’s maritime heritage. Along the way, indulge in local delicacies like smoked fish and warm apple cider from roadside stands, savoring the flavors of Minnesota in the fall.

Minnesota Tour Fall Hotspot #4: Gunflint Trail

Venture into the wilderness along the Gunflint Trail, a rustic byway that meanders through the Superior National Forest. Here, you’ll witness a dramatic transformation as the birch, aspen, and tamarack trees don their fall finery. Take a leisurely drive along the winding road, stopping at scenic overlooks to soak in the panoramic views of shimmering lakes and rolling hillsides. 

For a truly immersive experience, consider staying at one of the cozy lodges or cabins along the trail, where you can curl up by the fireplace with a good book and watch the colors change with each passing day.

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.


Minnesota Tour Fall Hotspot #5: Gooseberry Falls

No fall foliage Minnesota tour is complete without a visit to Gooseberry Falls State Park—one of our favorites at Canyon Calling! Lace up your hiking shoes and follow trails that lead to stunning waterfalls framed by a kaleidoscope of autumn colors. As you hike alongside the rushing waters of the Gooseberry River, marvel at the vibrant hues of the surrounding maples and oaks. 

Explore the park’s rocky shoreline, where you can witness the power of Lake Superior up close and feel the cool spray of the waves against your skin. For a truly magical experience, visit during the peak of fall foliage season, when the park is ablaze with color and the air is filled with the sweet scent of fallen leaves.

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“The trip was absolutely amazing—as was our Trip Leader, Karen! The scenery was breathtaking, and there was such a variety of activities, delicious food, fun shops, and cute places to stay. I could go on and on! Thank you for offering such amazing adventures. The memories we made and the experiences we all shared together are priceless.


Ready to experience the beauty of Minnesota in the fall? 

Pack your bags and join us on a journey through these fall foliage hotspots—and more! The magic happens on our women-only Fall Foliage Minnesota Tour! You’ll capture breathtaking vistas, immerse yourself in nature, and create lasting memories—all in the company of fellow women travelers. Minnesota is calling—it’s time to answer the call of fall!

🍂 Book your spot on our women-only tour: Fall Foliage Minnesota Tour

“I had so much fun on this trip—I have seven new best friends now! The activities challenged me just enough and totally renewed my sense of adventure. Karen was great—she’s patient, fun, encouraging, and she really cared for each one of us and did everything to make sure the trip was a great one. Great job! I will absolutely recommend these trips to my friends!”



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