According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Central Minnesota will experience peak fall colors this weekend, with the entire northern half of the state either at peak or past peak.

Looking for a little guidance for your weekend fall color drive? Anywhere in Central or west Central Minnesota would be a good bet. Buffalo, Annandale, Litchfield, Morris, and anywhere in Stearns County will likely give you a beautiful dose of fall foliage.

Minnesota DNR

For the most part, the southern third of Minnesota is still only at 50 to 75 percent of peak color..

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This fall's transition from green to brilliant has been ahead of the past years. As you can see below, 2018 and 2019 were not nearly as far along as we are here in 2020.

Minnesota DNR

You can use the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' 'Trip Planner' to plan a nice little weekend road trip or getaway HERE.

Amie & I missed them this year, but eastern Minnesota State Parks like Interstate, Banning, and Jay Cooke are not to be missed in the fall. It goes without saying that the North Shore parks are also epic. So are the southeastern Mississippi river bluff parks. Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in south Central Minnesota also never disappoints.

Even though the map says much of northern Minnesota is past peak, it's still beautiful and is my favorite time of the year. If you head out, take a lot of pics and share them with us using the 98.1 app!

Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.