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Best time to visit Grand Marais

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Best time to visit Grand Marais

We're looking to take a little anniversary trip in mid-October, and wondering if this is a good time to visit Grand Marais?

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1. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

On the up side you'd be missing the summer crowds. But on the downside you would be missing fall colors (for the most part as it peaks in Sept) and it's possibly it's windier that late in the season. Which might sound like no biggie but it is on the lake and the wind can whip up at times.

But to me, any time is a good time. It's a town for all seasons and it's great to visit even if it's not fall color season

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Ah, that's a good point. I think we'd want to see the fall colors!

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3. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

just remember -- with the good comes the bad. You would see fall colors but also crowds. Very popular time for the north shore.

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How much does the town close down come fall?

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5. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

It shouldn't be closed at all since there are lots of people. Fall color times vary but we usually go up around October 6 or 7 and hit peak somewhere along the shore, often in the Mt. Oberg and Sugarbush Trail System.

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6. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

We stay in Tofte for 6 nights each Halloween weekend.

Great hiking

Not to hot/cold.

Leaves have mostly changed but the trails are very empty.

Great to relax and get away.

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7. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

We love to go up during the fall. There are people around during the fall colors in mid to late September, but it's still far fewer people than in the summer. After fall color season, it gets quieter but that's when the hiking is outstanding, there are no bugs, and the lake is always fun to watch.

Right now is good too....just got back an hour ago and can't wait to head back up next month. bugs are a little thick right now :-)

Edited: 28 June 2014, 23:02
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If we goto see colors on the North Shore, we usually go either the last weekend Sept or the 1st weekend Oct. If you travel in off-time, crowds won't be too bad - say drive up Thursday day instead of Friday mid-day? Or stay Sat-Mon? It's very quiet Sunday evenings-Mondays. Fall is a big season for them so nothing will be closed. I would make it a 3-5 day trip, as that's where some of the best MN state parks are located.

The colors usually peak in the cities mid- to late-October. Be sure to stop in Jay Cooke State Park - they have the reds & oranges you're seeking. I think they've recovered from the 2012 flood, the webpage doesn't speak to it though.

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9. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

How about the artsy stuff?

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10. Re: Best time to visit Grand Marais

Lots of artsy stuff... you'll find quaint shops and galleries galore, I enjoy shopping on the way and in GM.

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