Best Affordable Fall Foliage Towns

Great fall colors can coexist with charming towns and affordable hotels. Here’s where to go.

Brainerd, MN

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The Coen brothers chose Brainerd as the setting for their film Fargo, and this town epitomizes much about the northern Midwest. The town fathers claim Paul Bunyan as their own, but for the average leaf peeper, it’s the surrounding lakes and forest that offer the best reason to come here in fall. The foliage tends to peak in late September and early October—the perfect time to take a slow ride around Gull and Round lakes or drive a longer loop on the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.

Fall Color Hotel: Whiteley Creek Homestead Bed and Breakfast offers two guest rooms and three cottages, all rustic, quirky, and charming, surrounded by organic gardens. Doubles from $95.

Best Affordable Fall Foliage Towns

Brainerd, MN

The Coen brothers chose Brainerd as the setting for their film Fargo, and this town epitomizes much about the northern Midwest. The town fathers claim Paul Bunyan as their own, but for the average leaf peeper, it’s the surrounding lakes and forest that offer the best reason to come here in fall. The foliage tends to peak in late September and early October—the perfect time to take a slow ride around Gull and Round lakes or drive a longer loop on the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.

Fall Color Hotel: Whiteley Creek Homestead Bed and Breakfast offers two guest rooms and three cottages, all rustic, quirky, and charming, surrounded by organic gardens. Doubles from $95.

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