Surrounded by the beautiful Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole is a well-known winter paradise for skiers and snowboarders. However, many people fail to realize that Jackson Hole has just as many things to do during the fall months. If you’re contemplating a Minnesota road trip later this year, there are plenty of reasons why Jackson Hole should be on your itinerary.
If you’re a fan of football, Jackson is a great place to stay to avoid the hustle and bustle of Minneapolis during a Vikings game. It’s just under a three-hour drive to U.S. Bank Stadium with a gentle ride on I-90 and I-35. There are plenty of home games to plan for, including Oct. 1 against the Detroit Lions, Oct. 15 against the Green Bay Packers, and Nov. 19 against the Los Angeles Rams. Make sure you pack plenty of purple and gold so that you can cheer the home team on to a victory.
When people think of fall colors, their minds often drift to the New England states. However, Minnesota has visual displays that are just as spectacular. One of the closest state parks to Jackson is Kilen Woods, where you can see a variety of fall foliage in the coming months. You can go on a five-mile hike through hilly terrain to get the best views of changing leaves in an oak savanna.
About an hour away is Lake Shetek State Park, where you can take the Loon Island Trail to observe 250-year-old oak trees shedding their leaves in an array of hues. About an hour and 20 minutes away is Myre-Big Island State Park, which has myriad rolling, wooded trails for you to peruse.
Wherever you decide to go, aim to travel around mid-October, as this is when leaves reach their peak colors in this area. To avoid paying far too much for accommodation, make sure to book your hotels early. This will ensure you get the perfect location and all the amenities you crave for a price you can afford.
There are plenty of fun Halloween events happening all around the state. In fact, Minnesota Grown, an organization that supports farmers and farm markets, estimates that there will be nearly 150 pumpkin patches this year. You might also want to make a road trip to Anoka, which has given itself the title of Halloween Capital of the World.
Just an hour and 20 minutes north of Jackson is New Ulm, which is hosting an Oktoberfest event on the weekends of Oct. 6 and 7 and Oct. 13 and 14. The main celebration is free, but you’ll have to pay for your German beer and food. The annual Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is also having a Brew Review in Minneapolis on Sep. 16, which will allow you to sample unlimited beer from over 140 breweries.