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5 fall color spots around the Twin Cities to visit ASAP

The colors are about to peak in the Twin Cities.

If this weekend's snow messed with your plans to admire fall colors, don't worry. The Twin Cities area hasn't reached peak color yet, so you still have a week or two to seek out orange, red and yellow leaves. 

Because we understand how disappointing it is to set out in search of color only to discover the leaves have faded and fallen, here's a list of five colorful spots you should visit ASAP. 

Fort Snelling State Park

After being closed for the summer due to flooding, Minnesota's second most visited state park is opened in time for people to enjoy peak color season. 

The park has 18 miles of hiking trails, some of which may still be pretty wet so bring appropriate footwear. Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' updates on the park's fall colors here

Summit Avenue in St. Paul

If strolling or driving through gorgeous neighborhoods is more your style, take a mini trip down Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

This 4.5-mile stretch is the longest stretch of Victorian-era homes in the United States, according to Visit Saint Paul. This time of year, colorful trees and vines frame the 373 historic homes on Summit, including the James J. Hill House and F. Scott Fitzgerald House. 

Taylors Falls

If you're seeking a small town escape, take a day trip to Taylors Falls. It's about a one hour scenic drive northeast of Minneapolis. 

When you arrive, you can admire fall colors lining the St. Croix River or venture into Interstate State Park to hike the cliffs and explore this park's unique glacial potholes. If you finish hiking the Minnesota side, you can cross the St. Croix River into St. Croix Falls to explore the Wisconsin side of Interstate State Park. 

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

Located in Chaska, the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit year-round. With over 1,200 acres of land and 12.5 miles of hiking trails, you can easily spend a day exploring the serene habitat. 

If you're on a serious mission to see the colors, the arboretum posts weekly updates of when colors change on different parts of the campus. According to the most recent update, the trees have started turning and some are about to reach their peak.

Unless you're a member, however, visits will cost you $15 for anyone 16 and older. 

Minnehaha Regional Park

Of course, this list would not be complete without Minneapolis' favorite waterfall. As peak season passes through the Twin Cities, don't miss the opportunity to see a 53-foot waterfall and limestone bluffs outlined in magnificent shades of orange and yellow. 

For the latest information on fall colors in Minnesota, check out the DNR's Fall Color Finder

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