Fall color is running a little later than usual this year, due in part to the drought, which has stressed out area trees. Yep, there's enough stress to go around. And many of us will make the time to hit the road and take in an eyeful of rust, lemon and orange - the best "free show" of the entire year here in the Northland.

But some of us don't have that luxury, due to caring for kids or parents or getting caught up in work, or possibly health reasons. There is always a Plan B: here are some of the best fall color websites that caught my eye:

Credit: Lutsen Mountains
Credit: Lutsen Mountains
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Lutsen Mountains Live 360-Degree Webcam

The most impressive webcam I cam across shows a live, panoramic view of the surrounding hills. In a previous post, our very own Nick Cooper described that this state-of-the-art, 66-megapixel fast scanning digital camera with Canon optics was installed by a Swiss Company called PanoAlpin. I've never seen anything like it.

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Credit: Vermilion Dam Lodge
Credit: Vermilion Dam Lodge
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Vermilion Dam Lodge

I subsist on a diet of caffeine and stress, but when I want to take a mental time-out I click over to the Vermilion Dam Lodge webcam which never fails to disappoint.

Credit: Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters
Credit: Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters
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Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters

Curious about the progression of color in the BWCA? The Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters webcam is a reliable source to check on flaming fall foliage. Updated every 15 minutes, it has a great view looking across Poplar Lake.

Credit: Seagull Canoe Outfitters
Credit: Seagull Canoe Outfitters
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Seagull Canoe Outfitters Webcam

For a second opinion on the progression of color in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area check out the webcam at Seagull Canoe Outfitters, with a very zen view of Seagull Lake.

Credit: Rainy Lake Cam
Credit: Rainy Lake Cam
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Rainy Lake Cam

If your journeys take you farther north, you may want to click on Rainy Lake Cam (during the daylight hours of course), courtesy of Earthcam, which has webcams from across the USA.

Where are colors peaking? Credit: MN DNR
Where are colors peaking? Credit: MN DNR
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Minnesota DNR Fall Color Page

The Minnesota DNR has a great web page that shows the progression of fall color, statewide. This one is bookmark-worthy.

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Travel Wisconsin Web Page

The hills are alive with color across Wisconsin, and Travel Wisconsin is your one-stop shop to see where you may have the best luck leef-peeping.

So many options, so little time. My wife and I are driving up to Grand Marais to check out the colors. Maybe there's a road trip in your future, too.

Good luck out there!

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