30 Great Midwest Spots to See Fall Color
Iowa: Historic Hills Scenic Byway
Better-known fall-drive destinations carry nearly the deadline pressure of a day at work. Visitors must book lodgings months ahead, then wait for tables at trendy restaurants. But on southeast Iowa's 85-mile Historic Hills Scenic Byway, down where the Des Moines River makes its stretch run to the Mississippi, there's no place for urgency. Most weekends find the area fairly quiet, although the annual Scenic Drive Festival in October swells towns such as Bentonsport, Keosauqua and Bonaparte (each with populations of around 1,100 or fewer) with crafters, pancake feeds, pedal tractor races and old-time medicine shows.