Step back in time or discover the beautiful present with a road trip along the Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway. This 36-mile loop offers the opportunity for a short but exciting journey through the heart of Iowa's farm country and its rolling hills and limestone bluffs as well as its community's historic attractions and outdoor recreation.
Where to Go
1. Amish Cultural Hubs
Known as the DCSB Corridor, this expanding market features the clusters of Amish businesses that allow byway visitors to fully interact with Amish community members. Gain a better understanding of this community near Lake Delhi by visiting an Amish general store, bakery, bulk foods store and greenhouse.
2. Manchester Fish Hatchery
Positioned in a beautiful natural setting adjacent to a cold-water trout stream, this Manchester attraction allows visitors to see and feed trout in raceways and ponds. The kids can view giant trouts up close and avid anglers can trout fish with artificial lures in the stream.
3. Backbone State Park
One of Iowa's most celebrated and unique scenic destinations, Backbone State Park in Dundee encompasses over 2,000 acres of forested bluffs and spectacular views. Hike the Devil's Backbone to enjoy one of the most popular hikes in the state. Otherwise, visitors can fish, camp, bike and paddle on the lake.
Where to Eat
1. Buliceks' Landing
Stop by Buliceks' Landing in Delhi for a genuine midwestern home-cooked meal. Guests also enjoy their sports bar and frequent live music performances, though not as much as their large and fulfilling portions.
2. Franklin Street Brewing Co.
Located in Manchester's vibrant downtown, this tap house is located in the historic Masonic Lodge building and aims to provide a variety of handcrafted ales and lagers. With such a relaxing and comfortable environment, this is a must stop along the byway.
Where to Stay
Days Inn by Wyndham
Manchester's Days Inn hotel offers all visitors a comfortable overnight stay. With modern suites, a pool, free internet access and free breakfast, this hotel can accommodate the whole family's needs.