ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sept. 15, 2020) – To celebrate the most colorful season, Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism office, and Minnesota State Parks and Trails will launch a weekly fall color report starting this Thursday, Sept. 17. From scenic drives to hiking, biking, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and more, Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails offer trip planning tips to encourage travelers to get out and enjoy the changing leaves.

 "With wide-open spaces and diverse terrain, Minnesota offers scenic and close-to-home trips for travelers to enjoy the fall color show. Our weekly reports on color progression can help travelers make the most of this short and sweet season," said Explore Minnesota tourism director John Edman. "Along the way, businesses across the state continue to make visitor safety and health protocols a priority for those looking to take a trip this fall," added Edman.

Minnesota State Parks and Trails staff check the status of trees, wildflowers and grasses in their area and update the online Fall Color Finder at mndnr.gov/fallcolor by every Thursday morning, just in time for the weekend. The popular web page includes a color-coded map that shows the approximate percentage of leaves that have changed color, and a slideshow of recent photos taken by staff and visitors. To subscribe for weekly email updates on where to find peak fall color, visit either mndnr.gov/fallcolor (888-MINNDNR) or exploreminnesota.com/fallcolor (888-VISITMN).