If you live in Minnesota or even the Midwest, chances are you’ve heard about the region’s famous fall colors, or perhaps you’ve even experienced them for yourself. On the North Shore, thick forests of trees abound with vibrant shades of yellow, red, orange and green each autumn. For a few short months, visitors get to experience the natural beauty of the changing seasons and the magic of Lake Superior. Learn more about leaf peeping and how to experience it best at Odyssey Resorts!
What Is Leaf Peeping?
Leaf peeping is the fall activity of visiting areas with foliage to see the changing colors. Forests and wooded areas with many trees tend to offer the best viewing opportunities, making Odyssey Resorts a very popular destination! Leaf peepers will venture to these areas to enjoy this magical, yet fleeting, period of time each fall and capture these moments by taking photographs.
While the peak time of year for the brightest colors can vary based on weather and other seasonal factors, the typical timeframe falls between mid-September and early October. Even after those weeks have passed, guests can stay at Odyssey Resorts and take a day trip to the Canadian border to see the leaves, often for an additional week.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, “Colors are best when high-quality foliage – a product of a warm, moist summer – is exposed to sunny, cool fall days. The slightest changes in weather in September – too warm, too cold, too wet, too dry – can slow color change or cause trees to drop leaves before they change color.”
What Are the Best Ways to Experience Leaf Peeping?
Anyone can participate in and enjoy leaf peeping, whether you prefer to adventure outdoors or relax and soak up the view from the comfort of your lakeside room at Odyssey Resorts. Taking a road trip to and from Odyssey Resorts is one of the best parts of the journey, meaning your fall colors getaway can begin the moment you get in your car!
Once you arrive at your destination along the North Shore, you’ll find countless opportunities to explore among the leaves. Choose to get on the water in a canoe or kayak, venture down trails by bike, or hike at nearby state parks. Afterwards, settle in and relax by the bonfire or over a delicious meal while watching the sun go down behind the trees.
Where Should You Stay to See Fall Colors?
With eight great Odyssey Resorts locations between Duluth and Grand Marais along the North Shore, you have a range of options for leaf peeping! Venture to Grand Marais to discover abundant natural beauty and explore the charming town, Two Harbors for flexible accommodations for your whole group, or Duluth for unique city attractions along with stunning shorelines and foliage.
Leaf peeping season is one of the most popular times of year at Odyssey Resorts, so don’t wait to make your reservation! Book today to choose from lodging options perfect for you and the fall colors getaway you’ve been looking for.
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