U.S. News and Report has listed southeastern Minnesota as a Top 20 Places to see fall foliage in the United States.
The article reports that colorful wooded bluffs, steep hillsides and quaint river towns are highlights of the Mississippi River Valley region in southern Minnesota, best enjoyed on a leisurely drive.
The 88-mile route from the town of Red Wing to La Crescent also features scenic overlooks, including two must-see locations at Great River Bluffs and Frontenac state parks. This drive along the Mississippi River, part of the 3,000-mile-long Great River Road (which begins in Minnesota and runs south through 10 states to conclude in Louisiana), celebrates peak fall colors about mid-October.
The ranking also highlights the National Eagle Center and Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast and Brewery in Wabasha as well as the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.