Visitors Guide to
Seasonal Activities and Attractions in the
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
and Farmers Markets The abundance of local
orchards, pick your own operations, roadside stands, and local
farmers' markets of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway
region provide fruits and vegetables have traveled less than 50
miles or might have been grown on the spot. The first fruits make
their appearance in mid June. Apples and pumpkins are available into
Colors Beginning in late
September and lasting until early November the region comes alive
with spectacular fall colors. A variety of ways to view nature's
beauty awaits visitors that traverse the Great River Road that
travels over the bluffs and through the river towns.
The regions abundance of parks and natural areas offer breathtaking vistas from scenic overlooks
and hiking trails. 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.
From the middle of December to the middle of March the Middle Mississippi
River Valley hosts the second largest overwintering Bald
Eagle population in the continental United States. Peak numbers of eagles
occur in January and February. A number of organizations and
communities host entertaining and educational programs that allow
visitors to get up close and personal with our national symbol as
well as see them in their natural habitat.
Beginning in late March the first wildflowers of the season start to
bloom. April and May is the season for the area's flowering trees.
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