Every autumn, you’ll see them: cars that are traveling slowly and are seemingly headed nowhere in particular. The cars have a destination, but it’s not a place; it’s a season. This is the time of year when people enjoy moving a little more slowly. They are savoring the season. This is the time when the air is a little fresher and the trees are ablaze in colors of red, yellow and orange.
During this season, many people take leisurely drives on country roads to admire the trees, explore apple orchards and wineries and discover beautiful parks. The Mississippi River region is a popular fall driving destination. With numerous state parks, scenic overlooks and abundant wildlife, the region is a spectacular place to explore on an autumn day.
The trees turn colors at different times, depending on the state. In northern states, colors are the most brilliant in September; in southern states colors reach their peak in early November. Days along the Mississippi can be warm this time of year, but evenings can be cool–be sure to pack a sweater or light jacket. And don’t forget your camera. Your pictures will be amazing. Enjoy your trip chasing autumn down the Mississippi.
Here are some great scenic overlooks to enjoy spectacular autumn views of the Mississippi.
Great River Bluffs State Park – Winona, Minnesota
Barn Bluff – Red Wing, Minnesota
Wyalusing State Park – Bagley, Wisconsin
Grandad Bluff – La Crosse, Wisconsin
Pike’s Peak State Park – McGregor, Iowa
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge – Madison, Illinois
Sunset Park – Rock Island, Illinois
Old Mississippi River Bridge Scenic Overlook – Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Trail of Tears State Park – Jackson, Missouri
Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center – Tiptonville, Tennessee