I live in Mora, Mn., which is located in the East Central part of Minnesota, approximately 30 miles from the Wisconsin border. This central part of Minnesota is the home of hundreds of lakes and traced by the Mississippi River. The beauty of the fall foliage is at its peak from mid Sept. to early Oct. here in the heart of our great state.
Weather you decide to take a road trip north of Mora toward the Mille Lacs Lake area and up to Brainerd, or a little to the west towards the lovely river town of Little Falls, you’re won’t be disappointed in the unsurpassed beauty of our fall colors on your tour.
Mille Lacs Lake has 86 miles of shoreline, is 20 miles long and 14 miles wide, just to give you an idea of how huge this lake really is that is located to the east of Brainerd. This scenic area is loaded with resorts for the fisherman in your life, golf courses which include The Brainerd Golf Trail known for its 17 golf courses, and the famous Grand Casino Mille Lacs, with its Las Vegas style gaming.
For the young ones, Paul Bunyan amusement park is just east of Brainerd. Indoor water parks at several lodges in the adjacent town of Baxter are another attraction for families. Several small towns like Nisswa, Crosslake, and Pine River have an array of fun shops and restaurants.
Lodging is abundant is this area weather you’re a camper or prefer a room with a view. Father Hennepin State Park is right on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake and has a great beach area. This area is also ideal for the hiker with it’s awesome fall foliage beauty.
Little Falls, the boyhood home of aviator Charles Lindbergh, is known for its historic downtown area and riverside parks. The Pine Grove Zoo, tours of Lindbergh’s boyhood home, and a museum with a lot of the areas past, are all sites worth visiting in this area of Minnesota with a lot of history. An ideal lunch break would be a picnic in one of Little Falls beautiful parks. The area also boasts a lot of “MA & PA” type eating establishments with their home style cooking.
Camp Ripley, a National Guard and Army Reserve training center is located near Little Falls, also. A Military Museum located at the facility has memorabilia dating back to the 1800’s related to Minnesota’s military service. This museum is well worth a visit if you enjoy history. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit of this facility when we toured this area during the fall foliage season, a few years ago.
If you want more information on this Central Minnesota area and all the beauty it has to offer during the autumn season, or any other time of the year, check out the website exploreminnesota.com. This is where I obtained a lot of my information and they have much, much more on exploring the area and anything else that may be of interest to you on Minnesota tourism.