Fall in Decorah

In the bluffs of northeast Iowa, this college town is lively.

From Decorah's Phelps Park, trails follow the bluffs above the Upper Iowa River.

In the bluffs of northeast Iowa, Decorah has a lot going for it: a spectacular location, a scenic bicycle trail, fine restaurants and craft breweries and a rich cultural scene rarely found in a town of only 8,000.

What to do: Bicycle the 11-mile Trout Run Trail loop. Hike the blufftop trail in Phelps Park (pictured). Canoe on the Upper Iowa River.

Details: For more, see A pocket of Norway.