Scenic Drives & Scenic Places


Most recent posts: Tall Ships Festival coming to Duluth,
Wisconsin Summer Events along Lake Superior,
Chicago RV & Camping Show, Part 2. Gulf Coast Scenic Drive,
Grayton Beach, Florida, Apalachicola, Florida

Effigy Mounds Park Fall Color Scene
There were some nice splashes of fall color in mid-October at Effigy Mounds National Park

Soon Fall Colors will begin to show in the Upper Midwest. One of the more popular color drives is along the Upper Mississippi River Road from Northern Minnesota & Wisconsin down to the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. In mid to late September some outstanding scenic views, great fall color, well- developed hiking and nature trails, and some decent restaurants and pubs can be found at St. Croix Interstate Park and Taylor Falls.

From late September to mid-October a good stretch of the River Road to catch is from Winona to Red Wing, Minnesota on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides. Good fall color, elevated scenic vistas of the river, and fall festivals.

galena, Illinois
Galena Illinois, a former Mississippi River Steamboat Capital, is full of historic buildings and interesting shops and parks.

Mid-October and later we like the area around Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin and McGregor, Iowa. Great overlooks of the river valley from the towering bluffs of either Pikes Peak or Wyalusing State Parks. Nearby Effigy Mounds National Park offers both outstanding bluff-top views of the river valley and several nice hiking trails through colorful mature hardwood forests. Also during this same time period, the stretch from Fulton, Illinois to Savannah to Galena can be particularly colorful.

 Some other travel posts on scenic fall color drives
We did a 9 day fall color tour of the Upper Peninsula one year and another fall did a fall color visit to Wisconsin’s Door County. We’ve outlined on our companion website ( a number of attractive scenic fall color drives along the Lake Superior Circle Route that might interest you.

Airstream Sport
Photos and article on the Chicago RV show, with features on Airstream and Retro Travel Trailers

Here are some other of our more popular Scenic Pathways travel articles you might enjoy:

Last winter we continued our exploration of the Florida Gulf Coast Scenic Drive from Pensacola Beach to historic Apalachicola, Florida. If you are in the Florida panhandle this fall, plan to catch the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola.

You can use the Search box to find information of interest or drill down through Categories of interest in the Menu at the top of the page. For example if you are interested in looking at what we have relating to Minnesota Travel along the Lake Superior Route, go to Scenic Drives > Lake Superior Circle Tour > and click on the subcategory Minnesota Travel.


August 2016

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10 thoughts on “Scenic Drives & Scenic Places”

  1. Food, that we enjoy cooking, that’s are most favorite pastime no problem saving money there. As for places to stay, we plan on staying the vast majority of time in remote, mostly free or cheap sites (we hate commercial camp grounds so they are just not what we are looking for.

  2. Thanks for the tip Ron. I’ll take a look at your site soon. Sorry for the delay in responding. Somehow missed that this came through.


  3. is a non commercial site written and maintained by Ron and Martha Hughes, a retired newspaperman and a school teacher. maybe you can consider adding it to your list of blogs.

  4. Thanks David for the compliment. The Trace is a neat ride isn’t it. We have 2005 QD which is now going into winter storage until we take our spring trip. If you ever do any traveling in the north central US you might also enjoy our website.

    Happy Traveling,


  5. What a wonderfull site. I have a 1999 FD Rialta and just returned from a great drive down The Natchez Trace.Plan to spend hours here before I plan my next trip. Thanks, David Evans

  6. I’m in Sault Ste. Marie bicycling clockwise Duluth to Duluth. Wonderful trip. Thanks for the help you gave me earlier when I emailed asking for advice.

  7. Hi Marianne,

    Good to hear from you again. I’ve added information on your new boondocking website to our RV Camping & Travel Resources page.

    In two days we are heading for Wisconsin’s scenic Door County hoping to catch some nice fall color and explore the many interesting things to see and do there.


  8. Hi Ross and Jo
    About a year ago you contacted me to request a link to your site. I put it off at that point (can’t remember why) but have just checked back to discover that your posts have continued to grow and…Wow! Your blog has become a great valuable resource for RVers.
    Good job!!!
    You’ll find the link here:
    Let me know if you’d like any changes.
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