Vibrant red- and yellow-leaved trees towers over an asphalt road during fall in Iowa.

Home to two state-designated scenic byways, the northern portion of the Iowa Great River Road and hundreds of miles of rolling highways, the Driftless Area of northeast Iowa is a perfect fall road trip destination. Take in the view along the Mississippi River, be charmed by small towns like Guttenberg, Elkader and Decorah, and enjoy the outdoors at some of Iowa’s most popular state parks.

Fall color typically peaks in this area during the first two weeks of October, but these road trip suggestions can be done all season long. Be sure to check the Iowa DNR Fall Color Report to catch the colors at their brightest. And download the Iowa Scenic Byway Passport to keep exploring.