When to Go
Minnesota’s glorious summers, with long, lingering evenings and temperatures in the 80s, are the most popular with tourists, but visitors shouldn’t write off winter, when locals make the most of the snow with outdoor activities and even festivals.
Spring comes in like a lion and races through like a cheetah, lasting as little as a couple of weeks—if you can even be sure just when it begins. Few visitors come at this time, but a profusion of wildflowers and the cheapest lodging of the year are bonuses for those who do.
Fall—with mild, sunny, dry weather, beautiful foliage, and off-season discounts—is my pick for the best time to visit.
© Tim Bewer from Moon Minnesota, 3rd Edition