The Perfect Northern Minnesota Road Trip

Photos courtesy of Visit Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a great fall road trip destination for stunning fall colors, fun craft brews, live music, apple orchards, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, live theater, public art and historic sites. Come to Grand Rapids, Minnesota this fall to reconnect with Minnesota nature with your friends and family.

Cozy accommodation

Visit Grand Rapids a 32 cozy residences which are open this fall to offer a wide variety of overnight accommodation options. Minnesota resorts located on beautiful lakes, city hotels and motels located near shopping, craft breweries and city trails, downtown Airbnbs located above a retail store and vacation rentals located on the pristine lakes of northern Minnesota. Because fall is such a short season, you’ll want to book your accommodations early.

The outdoor recreation mecca of the North

With over one million acres of publicly accessible forest around Grand Rapids, Minnesota, it is the great place for hiking, biking and mountain biking this fall. The Chippewa National Forest, George Washington State Forest, and UPM Blandin Forest are perfectly located 10-45 minutes from downtown and perfect for a scenic road trip that offers great fall colors. Mixed hardwood and pine forests provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures in the fall. Whatever your passion for outdoor recreation, there’s a new trail to explore.

family fun at the apple orchard |  Visit Grand Rapids

Pumpkin patch, apple orchards and fall events

In Grand Rapids, there are two apple orchards, a charming farmer’s market and a pumpkin patch which offers wagon rides and a corn maze. It’s fun for all ages and perfect for families with young children to learn about Minnesota growers and enjoy local fall harvest foods and produce.

There are many fall events worth heading up north to enjoy. The second annual Grand Rapids Riverfest headlines Wilco on the second Saturday in September. Local craft breweries and local bars host Minnesota musicians weekly, and the Reif Arts Center hosts more than 15 Broadway-style entertainment shows in its state-of-the-art performing arts center.

Public art, educational and historical attractions

Did you know that Judy Garland was born and first played in Grand Rapids, Minnesota? Single visit educational and historical museums like the Judy Garland/Children’s Discovery Museum to go back to a time when life was hard, but much simpler. Visit downtown public art and enjoy the free art gallery and exhibition centers like the MacRostie Art Center and the Reif Center. Be sure to stop by the creative space Giinawind which showcases Indigenous art and projects.

gazebo in fall colors |  Visit Grand Rapids

Fall Colors Tour

Whether you’re looking to feel the wind in your hair on two wheels, or looking to take that vintage hot rod out for one last ride of the year to see some great fall colors, these fall color tours were created for you. Many of the tours pass through and surround the Chippewa National Forest and the George Washington State Forest. You don’t need a state forest park sticker to join one of these fall color tours. Along each of these routes you will find places to stay, shops, places to eat and drink, places to get gas and snacks, and several places to stretch your legs and walk on the designated recreational hiking trails.

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