Take a peek at peak fall colors in Iowa

October is the prime time for fall color. Here, Marquette’s Schoolhouse Antique Mall tempts travelers with three floors of finds. Photo: Mary Willie

The Iowa DNR has released its first fall color report of 2023, which chronicles the season change in each region in Iowa. Along with estimated calculations of peak color, the report offers a breakdown of what color each tree species will turn. Elms in northern Iowa, for example, are already reaching their brightest yellow, while hard maples and red oaks in southern Iowa will burn brilliant red later this month.

Right now, explore stunning fall forests throughout Effigy Mounds National Monument in Harpers Ferry or Pikes Peak State Park in McGregor. Or if you prefer nature at a distance, meet in the middle for some small-town delights in Marquette. It’s a great spot for antiquing, relaxing with a glass of wine and dining on the riverboat casino.

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