An RV Drive through Iowa’s Autumn Beauty

Bridge in Madison County, Iowa, Autumn

Holliwell Bridge, Madison County, Iowa, and was taken on October 16, 2001, by Lance Larsen. This bridge crosses the North River about 40 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa.

An RV trip through Iowa is a marvelous way to experience the beauty of autumn in the Midwest. The yellow and red leaves lend a very pleasant atmosphere to your trip and the changing colors of the landscape make picture-taking a great pastime during your journey. Northeast Iowa is the best choice currently to experience some color changes, particularly with the walnut trees, sumac, Virginia creeper and others. Peak colors will occur around October 10th.

The ideal RV route this time of year is the Driftless Area Scenic Byway through Allamakee County, Iowa. This is a zigzag route that starts in Postville and ends far in the northwest corner of the county. Follow the map for the easiest path and through the most scenic regions. This is one hundred miles of gorgeous forests, valleys and hills in the Mississippi River country.

When you reach Harper’s Ferry you will be in one of the oldest settlements in the county and discover a charming town to wander and shop for gifts for family and friends. Outdoor recreation is abundant here too! It is the perfect time of year – not too hot and not too cold. The Mississippi River invites you to cast a line and see what sort of fish you can reel in. Boating is also great on this mighty river.

Take a side trip now to the Yellow River State Forest. It is only three miles to the west and offers a lot for outdoor lovers. Miles and miles of trout streams give you more of a chance to snag a trophy catch. You will discover exceptional hiking too, with plenty of trails that lead to overlooks and panoramic views.  This is your opportunity to get away from it all and get back to nature.

Stop in the old river town of Lansing which is not far from two other state borders. You can explore further if you wish and head into Minnesota or Wisconsin. The world is at your fingertips! Drive through town, but be aware that Main Street dead-ends at the Mississippi. This is where the steamships would pick up travelers. Drive across the historic Lansing Bridge and complete your visit to this town by getting into conversation with any of the friendly residents.

While in Lansing, be sure to make your way to Mt. Hosmer Park  where you can get a lovely view of the Mississippi Valley and the entire tri-state area. On a clear day you can see forever – well, at least fifty miles! Lansing is also a notable stop on the Great River Road. You may want to continue your journey and head south as far as Dubuque on this wonderful byway. If so, be sure to visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium while in Dubuque.

If you liked this autumn adventure, stay tuned for more. This fall’s beauty is just getting started!

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