How to catch the best view of Iowa’s fall colors (conference preview)

Posted September 7, 2016

The Labor Day cookouts are done, and we’ve just had our last 90 degree day (we hope!) As you make plans for fall, be sure to include a trip to some of the best scenic overlooks of the Mississippi, in Burlington’s Crapo park. It’s on the docket for a mobile tour during the APA Iowa conference, which just so happens to be scheduled perfectly to catch fall colors at their peak in late October (19th-21st).

Burlington’s Parks Superintendent and Recreation Manager will take you on a tour of Burlington’s two foremost parks – Crapo Park and Dankwardt Park – and their beautiful views of the Mississippi River. Crapo Park hosts an arboretum, a lake, scenic overlooks, and historic sites, including a memorial to the reputed site of the first raising of the American flag in Iowa, by Lt Zebulon Pike in 1805. One of Iowa’s two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road, goes right through the heart of this picturesque park. Next door, Dankwardt Park is a center for the city’s recreation, with a dog park, pool, disc golf, ball fields and more. While you enjoy the views, you’ll discuss important issues such as the role of parks in the community and the challenges of park maintenance, with your expert tour guides.

Register online for the APA Iowa 2016 Conference and reserve your hotel room NOW (room block reserved only until September 26):


Want more intel on where and when to see the fall colors? The Iowa DNR has a handy map that shows when they will peak in various parts of the state, and a “fall color report”:

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway, which travels directly through Crapo Park, would make a great route to or from the conference:

How to catch the best view of Iowa’s fall colors (conference preview)

Dankwardt Park, Burlington