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It’s time to get that box of scarves down from the attic, throw on your favorite jacket or cardigan and order an extra shot of espresso in your pumpkin-flavored latte. That’s right, fall is upon us, and few places in America do fall better than Iowa. From hayrides and corn mazes to big harvest moons and apple orchards, we have the sights and activities that make this season feel oh-too-short.
And of course, we have the fall colors, too.
Now’s the time to make your plans and chase those glorious fall colors. They peak in September or October and only last a few weeks, so if you want the full experience, try one of these four getaways. And don’t delay!
1. Float Indian Creek
A leisurely paddle down this river, in either a canoe or a kayak, makes for a great way to take in the fall colors. You can start out at the parking lot in Thomas Park in Marion and, depending on how long you want to stay out, end your trip at the 32nd Street Bridge, East Post Road or the Indian Creek Nature Center, which incidentally, is a great place to experience some fall beauty.
2. Walk the Sac and Fox Trail
This gem of a city park occupies a wide swath of land alongside the Cedar River. The 7.2-mile trail goes through open meadows and deep forests, giving visitors many views of fall colors. Along the way, it’s likely you’ll see deer, eagles and other wildlife.
3. Look out from a cliff
A short drive south of Cedar Rapids, Palisade Kepler State Park offers fantastic opportunities for nature lovers in a truly iconic setting for fall colors. With tall limestone cliffs rising alongside the banks of the river, you’ll find a number vistas and jaw-dropping sites to admire nature’s colorful beauty. Pack a picnic lunch, stay for the sunset, or even rent a campsite or a camper cabin.
4. Pick a bucket of apples
If there’s one thing prettier than the changing leaves, it’s a big juicy apple hanging down from those decorated branches. There are a number of great orchards in the area, like Allen’s Orchard, open 7 days a week – Just a short drive from Cedar Rapids, you can find 35 varieties of apples and all kinds of apple-related baked goods. Another favorite option is Wilson’s Orchard, located north of Iowa City. Wilson’s offers 120 types of apples along with pumpkins a store that has everything from homemade turnovers, apple cider and cider donuts, to t-shirts and apple butter. You don’t want to miss out on all the family fun! Open daily from August to October 31st.
For more insight into what Cedar Rapids has to offer, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the area and the neighborhoods that are perfect for your family.