Ready. Set. Travel! Visit Cook County, MN This Fall

There are millions of colorful reasons to visit this fall. Cook County is the premier destination to view fall colors in Minnesota. Starting in early September, the air turns crisp and clear. Shortly after, the leaves begin to change, color painting the Superior National Forest with a palette of goldenrod, pumpkin orange and firetruck red. For a romantic getaway, escape during the midweek to avoid the fall color crowd – you’ll have the trails to yourselves.

In late fall, a different kind of show begins: the infamous gales of November. This is a chance to get cozy and watch Lake Superior unleash her wild side.


Fall Adventures in Cook County

There are so many things to see and do in Cook County, MN you’ll want to make the most of every minute. That’s why we created a list of 5 bucket list worthy adventures for your next fall adventure.

Fall Color

Whether you’re behind the wheel or on the trails, you can’t miss our fall color. Embrace your inner leaf-peeper and marvel at all of the color that nature offers.


Boundary Waters

Paddle the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Fall days are often sunny, mild and bug-free, with cool, clear nights perfect for hot chocolate around the campfire.


Northern Lights

Look for Northern Lights. Set your eyes to the skies in the evenings. You will see more stars than ever before and, if you are lucky, a glimpse of nature’s light show – aurora borealis.


Arts and Music

Up here, arts and music are at our core, and we’ve got festivals and events all fall to prove it.


Moose Viewing

Go on a “moosefari.” For your best chance of seeing one of the elusive moose, drive the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway early in the morning or around dusk. Even if you don’t spy a moose, you’ll see spectacular scenery.


Make the Most of Fall in Cook County

Book Now! Fall Lodging Is Filling Up Fast

Fall is a time of tumultuous beauty in Cook County. As the leaves change, the air becomes crisp and cozy season begins, you won’t want to miss it. Book your visit now so you can enjoy every moment.

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