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Fall Colors????

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I know this is the wrong forum, but wasn't sure which one to use. I'm hoping someone can help me out.

My parents leave back to Florida for the winter next week. Before they go I would like to take them out to see the fall colors. We plan to do a day trip (maybe 4 hours) this Friday starting out from the Chisago/Lindstrom area.

I'm looking for recommendations on the best route and/or destination to take heading north or into Wisconsin for the best colors (2hrs each way at most) this weekend.

Thanks for your help laugh

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Check some of the Twin Cities TV news Websites. Channel 11 I know has a map that shows the fall colors over the state and which areas are at peak colors and which ones are ealy/late. Pretty good info and should help you plan a nice trip for your parents. Enjoy. grin

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not really sure where chisago/Lindstrom is but to give you a little bit of an idea, I live in Detroit lakes MN and the trees here are just started to turn now. Most of the maples are turning but most of the oaks and popular are still green or just starting to turn.Seems like there not all changeing at the same time. I'm sure its farther than 2 hours away for you but my wife and I always make the trip over to Itasca State Park for a day of biking and picinicing. Its a little farther north of where I live so I would think the leaves would be changing nice there. Maybe Duluth???????? Good luck.

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Check out the MN DNR HSOforum. On their homepage is a link that says, "Find out where the best fall colors can be found". Right in the middle of the page.

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Check out the MN DNR HSOforum. On their homepage is a link that says, "Find out where the best fall colors can be found". Right in the middle of the page.

I agree, you can check out all of the fall color reports for every state park. My family and I were just at Itaska State Park last weekend and the colors were really starting to come through. By this weekend they will be bursting with color. Personally I think you need to head north to see colors, they turn color first the farther north you go. Itaska is near Park Rapids, just east of Detroit Lakes, MN.

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Go down 8 to Taylors Falls, cross the border to WI and go into St.Croix Falls. drive through St.Coix Falls and go north.

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I think I may run with the drive up Wisconsin 35 coming from Taylors falls up to Duluth, then come back home on I35.

As for stops - will probably hit Shell Lake, Siren, Pattison State Park, Duluth, and possibly Grand Casino for dinner.

If you have any other suggestions for stops, please let me know.

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Changed my mind and ended up going up Hwy 23 from Banning State park all the way to Duluth (50 miles). WOW was that a pretty drive. There is an incredible overlook south of Jay Cook State Park. This is considered a seanic byway - also known as Veteran's Evergreen Memorial Drive. Definitely recommend for seeing fall colors.

Did a bonus leg by driving the Skyline drive in Duluth - great views of Superior and Duluth harbor. But the road is in pretty poor condition.

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