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Iowa's Historic Hills Scenic Byway

On the 110-mile Historic Hills Scenic Byway, brilliant color fills valleys and rings farm fields along gravel and asphalt roads connecting the Villages of Van Buren County.
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    Bonaparte, Iowa.
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    Bentonsport Presbyterian Church, Bentonsport, Iowa.
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    The Bonaparte Inn, Bonaparte, Iowa.

Autumn color paints the valleys and family farms between the Villages of Van Buren County, seven historic burgs punctuating this quiet 110-mile drive along the Des Moines River in southeast Iowa. During the Scenic Drive Festival in October, craft vendors and friendly pancake feeds add to the small-town appeal.

Creative class In Bentonsport, the husband-wife team of Bill and Betty Printy (aka Iron and Lace) draw scores of art-lovers with her Queen Anne’s lace pottery and his hand-forged metal pieces. Watch them work during the fest.

For maps and trip planning

Historic Hills Scenic Byway

Villages of Van Buren

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