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Duluth in late October/November

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Duluth in late October/November

Will we be disappointed if we go this time of year? Is early October a better choice? We're driving from Kansas. Just want to get away for a week or so.

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1. Re: Duluth in late October/November

Depends on what you are looking for. If Fall colors then early Oct would be much better. If past-peak around Duluth then for sure you will drive though the "peak zone" somewhere on the way up. For best chances at this head east to Mississippi river (and eastern forest zone) and follow the river up.

Temps will be better in early Oct. too. By late in the month the first snows could be happening except right along the lakeshore.

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The better weather will definitely be in early October. It might get a little iffy by the end of October/early November. Not saying it won't snow by early October either because that has definitely happened before. If you come in early October you might be able to head down to Bayfield Wisconsin for their apple festival too. We have gone there a number of times and the kids have enjoyed picking apples in the many orchards around Bayfield.

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I agree early October would be better for weather; by later in the month you may see snow and it will be colder! However, you may have more hotel availability later in the month-tourists still tend to flock to Duluth in early October.

Have a grest trip!

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4. Re: Duluth in late October/November

I go the first weekend in November -

it's low season on the North Shore and the rates are slashed.

I do a 5 day trip - state parks - hiking trails, etc. all along the North Shore.

Some years it's been shorts & tee shirt weather, one year I saw actual snow flakes at some of the higher points of the hiking trails.

If you're with a fun group of people, staying at a fun place, with lots of amenities, and go out for some fun meals, it won't matter that much if it's a bit grey & chilly outside, if that happens while you're there.

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I agree with the previous post: whatever you do, bring plenty of layers, as late October can be anything from upper 70s to lower 20s. (It always seems to rain or sleet on Halloween, though...)

Early October is definitely better for fall colors. However, we've had a drought up here, so the prediction is for an early color-changing. By October, the leaves may already be gone.


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Duluth is fun any time of year. The lake is always beautiful and magical regardless of weather. That said; I agree with others that the earlier in October you go the better your chances of having good weather and possibly seeing fall colors is.

Bayfield's applefest is fun! When I lived in Duluth I would try to go every year. It takes this year Oct. 5-7. It is definetely doable as a day trip from Duluth.

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This year (as with the past 3 years) we have been experiencing drought conditions. Here on the Iron Range, we have many trees already showing Fall colors. August nights have been cool this year, and an early Fall is predicted so early October would be best, I think, if you want to see trees with leaves on them. Later October is usually cooler and more days of rain...if we are lucky to get rain this year !! There haven't been many Halloween's that have been warm and dry here on the Range either, one year (1991), we had 4 feet of snow, and Gilbert was snowed in for 3 days. Minnesota weather can vary from one extreme to the other, even in a days time. If you are interested in Wisconsin's Bayfield Apple Festival as well as Minnesota's fall colors, then early October is a really good choice.

Whenever you come, welcome to Minnesota !!!!

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One fun thing about November is that is traditionally when some of the biggest storms are out on the lake. It is cool to watch and listen to the big waves! But obviously, bring warm clothes.

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