For Minnesotans, the stretch of Lake Superior they call the North Shore is hallowed ground. The cobblestone beaches, the dramatic river gorges and the panoramic views of a vast inland sea all make their hearts beat a little faster, especially in fall.
When to go: Right now through the last week of September in inland maple forest (pictured).
What to do: Hike the trails. Ride the Gitchi-Gami Trail. Have a picnic on Palisade Head. Skip rocks or hunt for agates on the beaches.
Events to catch: Sept. 25-Oct. 4, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour.
Details: See Colors of the North Shore and North Shore by the mile.