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A Guide to Fall in Dubuque

Fall is best accompanied by changing colors, crisp weather, orchards, and pumpkin patches. Looking to get away this season? Look no further than #WhereIowaStarted.

Fall in Dubuque

Take a look through some of this season’s road trip, passport, places to explore…and more!

9 Places to Experience Fall in Dubuque

Dubuque is blessed to have limestone bluffs that go on for miles and in the fall, these vistas turn every vibrant shade of autumn imaginable. Peak color usually takes place the weekend closest to October 10. Stroll through Iowa’s longest-running Farmers’ Market, go pumpkin pickin’ at local farms, sip on a pumpkin spice latte, brew, or glass of wine.

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Places to experience the changing colors.

While there are many places to take in fall colors, these are a few you won’t want to miss.


More to explore.

Want to discover even more ways to experience the Dubuque area? Check out these articles for inspiration.


What's happening.

Check out these events coming up in September & October.

Sep 19, 2021
St. Charles Fall Festival
in 17 hours
Oct 16, 2021
Music On The Mountain | Fall Edition
in about 4 weeks
Oct 29, 2021
Haunted History Walk
in one month

Your questions answered.

When is peak color for fall?

Fall peak color is typically the weekend closest to October 10.

Which colors are created by which trees?

Great question! The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has compiled a list of tree colors here.

Where are some places to view fall color?

This article has a list of various places to visit throughout the fall season.


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Every hotel guest that stays at Holiday Inn Dubuque receives half-priced appetizers from Bennigan’s on the Fly, located on-site. Available through 12.31.21. (For full details, inquire when booking your stay.)

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