The arrival of fall brings bright colors, brisk air, cozy sweaters, and sweet aromas that will put a swing in your step. Dubuque, Iowa has brought guests from around the world to experience this magical season. With vibrant fall foliage of blazing orange, red, yellow and purple it makes for a sublime experience for all groups visiting. Now is the time to book your group's autumn escape for 2017! Here is a list of 5 things you must-do when touring Dubuque in the fall.
#1 - Fall Foliage River Boat Cruises
Step aboard the American Lady Yach t, Celebration BelleRiverboat Twilight, or the Spirit of Dubuque to experience the fall colors of our landscape on the Mississippi River.
Make your way to Iowa's oldest bar and restaurant, Breitbach's Country Dining, where you will have the opportunity to feast on some down home cooking and delicious homemade pie.
#3 - Betty Jane Candies Caramel Apples 
Take a bite into a hand-dipped caramel apple made by  Betty Jane Candies, a family-owned business since 1938. While eating these delicious fall treats you will learn about their history and how they were featured in the Academy Award gift bags. Available mid-September through October 31 each year.
#4 - The Tri-State's Largest Chili Cook-off
What is fall without a little chili? Next year, on October 7, 2017, Dubuque will host the Tri-State's Largest Chili Cook-off in the historic Cable Car Square. This event features music, fun and of course a lot of chili! With its location in Cable Car Square, your group will also have the opportunity to take a ride on the shortest, steepest railway in the world, Fenelon Place Elevator.
A culinary adventure awaits you- Discover Dubuque and its unparalleled natural beauty and history through one of our unique progressive tours. Through these guided tours groups will experience firsthand the properties and cuisine that define Dubuque and have made it the alluring city that it is today.
Get a virtual taste of fall
See the leaves changing in Dubuque this fall with our Leaf Watch.

Spend an evening indulging in delicious wood-fire pizza while enjoying one of the most spectacular views in the Tri-States at Eagle Point Park.
L.May Eatery will prepare handcrafted gourmet pizzas straight from their mobile wood-fired oven on site. After dinner, take a stroll through this scenic 164-acre park that is situated on the bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River and Lock & Dam #11.
Enhance  your Mississippi River experience by visiting the New Delta Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
This new exhibit holds three aquariums celebrating the life of the Mississippi River's delta, including a 204 square-foot, 2,250 gallon, stingray touch pool, upside-down jellyfish and mangrove habitat. 
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is a 14-acre campus located along the banks of the Mississippi River. Guests have the opportunity to learn and experience the Mississippi River along with America's other great rivers through interactive hands-on exhibits, displays, and more. 
Looking to plan a last minute holiday tour? Then Dubuque is the perfect location for your group!
With a picturesque setting and a whole lot of cheer, Dubuque offers a great variety of unique tours and attractions during the holiday season. Join us in Dubuque on December 8, 2016 for the Mistletones evening performance, Snowbiz. Enjoy great vocals, a cup of cheer, and a delicious meal at the Hotel Julien. Book your evening event today!
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