When to Go to Minnesota
Peak Season: June to October
Summertime lake fun and autumnal leaf-peeping are hugely popular and hotels book up fast, so advance planning is crucial. For fewer crowds and a wider selection of lodging options, not to mention reduced rates, weekdays are better bets.
Off Season: December to February
This is the state’s low season, with average temperatures hovering between zero to low 30s. But enthusiasm for arts and culture doesn’t dwindle and theaters like the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis run a full calendar. The best hotel deals can be found this time of year.
Shoulder Season: November; March to April
During Minnesota’s shoulder season, cold, wintry weather is not an issue, nor are summertime crowds. Hotel and other deals run hot and cold depending on festivals and other popular events. Temperatures tend to average in the 40s and 50s.