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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!

Road Trip to Three States in One Day

Looking to explore the areas around Dubuque and #WhereIowaStarted? How about a jam-packed road trip with stops in three states in just one day? Do as much or as little of this itinerary as you can and snap photos along the way tagging @traveldubuque and #WhereIowaStarted.

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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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Fall in Love With Dubuque

Hi! My name is Kelli and we are a local Minnesota family adventuring around with littles. Let me help you plan your own family weekend and enjoy all the classic fall activities, including a local pumpkin patch, apple orchard, shopping at the farmers’ market, and catching colorful views of #WhereIowaStarted.


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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.


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.