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Fall foliage Provides Colorful Backdrop to Autumn Activities

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Jessica O’Riley, Iowa Tourism Office

Iowa Economic Development Authority



Fall foliage provides colorful backdrop to autumn activities in Iowa


September 27, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) – Iowa’s fall foliage provides a colorful backdrop to autumn activities statewide. Travelers can find weekly foliage updates on, as well as listings of autumn events and information on scenic byways across the state. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides information for the updates, which are specific to seven general regions of Iowa.


This year, the DNR estimates that the northern half of the state will experience peak colors beginning around October 8. The southern half of the state will be most colorful a week or so later.


“A quarter of our travelers visit between September and November,” said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode. “Those people are enjoying great fall festivals, u-pick pumpkin patches, apple orchards and, of course, beautiful and colorful scenery along the way.”


This year offers new opportunities to explore the fall colors:

-          Living Loess Tour, near Missouri Valley. On October 15 nine artisans in the scenic Loess Hills, including a lavender farm, aronia berry farm and woodworker, will offer special programs and discounts.

-          High Trestle Trail, Ankeny to Woodward. The centerpiece of the 25-mile trail is a dedicated 2,300-ft. long bridge crossing the Des Moines River, the fifth largest trail bridge in the world.

-          Sky Tours, Dubuque. Soar through dense treetops and over tree-lined ridges in historic Union Park.


Tourism is a $6.1 billion industry in Iowa, employing more than 63,000 people statewide and generating more than $312 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


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