Waking up here in the Northland has been a bit different recently. The humidity is lower, there is a bit of a chill in the air, and it is significantly darker for a 7:30 AM commute. These signs are all pointing to one thing; fall! Fall is one of the BEST times of the year to experience the North Shore (but really, is there a bad time?). The cool temperatures allow you to hike further more comfortably, and the sunsets and sunrises are absolutely stunning.
One of the main reasons outdoor enthusiasts travel from far and wide to visit our neck of the woods, however, is the AMAZING leaf colors! The North Shore is famous for its autumn colors, with stunning reds and vivacious oranges that would make any photographer cry tears of joy. The typical prime times to visit the incredible leaves are RIGHT NOW! You don’t have to go far to see these colors, as some of the best lookouts in the area are right here in Duluth. These areas include Enger Park, Rock Knob at Hartley Park, Bagley Nature Center Lookout, and Hawk’s Ridge Observatory. Each one of these areas is located within Duluth city limits and can be gorgeous during September and October.
Hartley Nature Center is the perfect place for a picnic with UllrTec!
If you are feeling more adventurous and want to head further north. There are PLENTY of areas that are home to historically beautiful autumn leaves. Lutsen ski area is one of these places. With stunning bluffs and spectacular views of the lake, Lutsen is the Mecca of fall colors! Grand Marais is also a wonderful place to get your orange, red, and yellow fill. While you’re there, check out the World’s Best Donut Shop in downtown Grand Marais. You won’t be disappointed! All the way up near Canada is the 270 Degree Overlook at the northern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trail. There you will get a 270-degree view of some of the most diverse and vibrant landscapes in all of Minnesota! It is a bit of a drive and a hike to get out there, but it is totally worth it!
UllrTec hats can help with the blinding beauty that is the North Shore!
While this time of year is beautiful, it can be a bit crowded at the popular sightseeing destinations. In order to get the best experience possible, we have compiled a list of our best tips to view the fall colors hassle-free!
- Try to avoid weekends
- Visit early in the morning (at or around sunrise)
- Take some backroads
- Make reservations for a restaurant beforehand
- Buy a Minnesota State Parks Pass
- Bring a daypack with everything you need for the day (don’t plan on coming back to your car)
- Make sure to always tell someone back home where you are going and when you plan to be back
- Charge your camera!
Picnics on rocky overlooks with friends can't be beat!
Make sure to pack up your favorite UllrTec Cooler for your next fall color sightseeing trip up the shore! The Insulated 24 Pack Can Cooler is perfect for you and your friends as you hike up to the overlook at Bean and Bear Lake! The Single Shoulder Growler Tote is ideal for you and someone special to share a brew and a romantic evening out at Lutsen. Castle Danger is a MUST STOP destination for any brewery enthusiast headed up the shore! Stop in and tell them Ullr sent you. Regardless of where you end up along the shore, Ullr will be there with you every step of the way!