As we bear down on Labor Day, and what for many is the last official weekend of summer celebrations, we can somewhat reluctantly welcome the start of fall. The hillsides above Duluth are already showing hints of their colorful autumnal hues, which means now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to the North Shore. As the air begins to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. You won’t have to go far to see the finest fall foliage the Midwest has to offer, as Mother Nature unfolds her annual show of color starting in the north, and creeping further south throughout the season. We have a few great ideas to make this fall foliage season one you’ll never forget. But first, you need to book your room at our luxury Duluth Bed and Breakfast. Rooms will fill up fast during peak fall foliage season, so don’t wait!
Viewing the Best Fall Foliage in Duluth
Seeing peak fall foliage in Duluth can be a truly breathtaking experience. The peak season typically stretches from early September through mid-October, but can vary depending on the weather. The best way to get those panoramic fall views is to take a hike, but it’s certainly not your only option to enjoy the magic of fall. There are a full range of fall-themed activities to enjoy in Duluth, and we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites for you below.
- Ride a train with the North Shore Scenic Railroad, one of the most scenic rides up the North Shore.
- Ride up the chairlift at Spirit Mountain, and then explore the myriad of trails.
- Tour the beautiful gardens at the historic Glensheen Mansion.
- Drive the North Shore Scenic Byway, which is without a doubt one of the most popular scenic drives to take each fall in Minnesota.
- Hike the trails at Gooseberry Falls State Park or Tettegouche State Park, where you’ll find lumpy floes of ancient lava, beautiful waterfalls, and breathtaking views.
- Hike any portion of the Superior Hiking Trail, and enjoy the views from countless viewpoints. The Hike to Ely’s Peak is also a popular one. You can read our blog about it for more information.
- Spend a day biking or hiking the trails at Jay Cooke State Park.
- Go Birding at Hawk Ridge Observatory. The fall bird migration is spectacular, with an impressive 90,000+ birds migrating through the area each fall. The views from here are also quite scenic at this time of year.
Fall Events in Duluth
The gorgeous colors aren’t the only reason to visit us this fall in Duluth. There are plenty of great events coming up, too, and you’ll want to make sure you have reservations for these early!
- Chef in the Garden at Glensheen Mansion, their Wednesday Night special event for September. Whiskey Wednesdays will return in October!
- Duluth Rising Festival, an event filled with hot air balloons and plenty of live music.
- Northshore Inline Marathon, a fun event to watch even if you aren’t participating.
- Engwalls Corn Maze, a fantastic fall tradition in Duluth.
- 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour with the Duluth Preservation Alliance.
- Wild Duluth Races for ultra-runners and spectators.
We’ve already begun celebrating fall at the A.G. Thomson House, and there are delicious fall treats coming out of our kitchen as well. Beyond relishing the gorgeous hues of fall, there’s plenty to do in the Duluth area. Book your stay with us today, and start planning your fall getaway to Duluth.