So fuel up the car and the load up the camera -- for one of the best times of year to visit the Iowa countryside.
Peak times for fall foliage viewing are usually anywhere from early-to-mid-October. That's when the season puts on its best show with the reds of maples and elms, or the vivid yellows and purples of native ash trees, resulting in in a riot of color throughout the state.
Peak Times : October
Fall Foliage Hotline : 515-233-4110 (Forestry Bureau)
Autumn Leaves & Fall Color - Check out this expert report from Iowa's Department of
Natural Resources on the role that planet chemistry & weather play in peak
fall foliage times, plus a leaf identificaiton guide, related resources.
Iowa Fall Color Report - Here's the official state travel site with information on tons to do during peak season, including updates and reports, driving tours, and related events.
Byways - Beautifully done with photos, maps, directions and what to see
along the way cruising the Great River Road, Loess Hills Scenic Byway, Iowa Valley
and Grant Wood Scenic Byways, more.