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  The fall foliage in the Middle Mississippi River Valley can be absolutely breathtaking if Mother Nature cooperates. The many varieties of trees such as maples, oaks, ash, sumac, and sassafras provide a diverse palette of brilliant hues for the eye to soak in. And there’s no shortage of places and ways to view this natural beauty. In the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area Pere Marquette State Park offers breathtaking vistas from its scenic overlooks and hiking trails, the Great River Road and the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail travel under tree covered bluffs. Or take a tour utilizing the four area ferries to view the scenery from the river. Back road trips offer the same beauty as well as local orchards offering their final bounties of the season as well as other area attractions.

Leaf peepers to Missouri's Lincoln Hills region will find an impressive display of fall colors along the Little Dixie Highway, a section of the Great River Road that travels over the bluffs and through the river towns of Clarksville and Louisiana. South and east of St. Louis visitors can get their share of color and rural scenes by traveling the winery routes near Ste. Genevieve and Augusta. Ste. Genevieve's tree-lined streets, shops, and eateries make for a pleasant autumn afternoon.

When the leaves turn, the region has its busiest season of the year. So, if you are planning on an extended stay of leaf peeping, you should make your Bed and Breakfast or hotel and motel accommodations early, as most rooms are booked in advance. Unfortunately peak foliage time is also peak traffic time, but you can beat the traffic by visiting on weekdays. The fall season is also the busiest season in the area for festivals and other activities. There are harvest festivals, reenactments, scarecrow contests, guided nature hikes, and more. Check out the following Calendar Pages for more details:

For updates on fall colors in Illinois visit www.enjoyillinois.com  and for Missouri visit www.mdc.mo.gov

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