Pikes Peak Route
One of the highlights of this route is Pike’s Peak State Park. The park is named for Zebulon Pike who explored the area and also went on to explore Pike’s Peak in Colorado. The Pike’s Peak route traces the Mississippi River from Guttenberg to McGregor, Iowa, but the majority of the route is located in the hills and valleys west of the river. The road along the river provides great views but is more heavily traveled. Away from the river the roads become smaller and less traveled. These roads also provide most of the fun as well as access to the towns and villages along the way. While Pike’s Peak State Park, which boasts amazing river views and Bridal Veil falls is the most obvious attraction along this route, don’t miss Beulah Falls, the World’s Largest Strawberry, and the other parks and museums waiting to be discovered along the way.
Pike’s Peak Route (pictured above): ~230 miles; 5.75 riding hours.
Pike’s Peak Lite Route (not pictured): ~180 miles; 4.5 riding hours.
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McGregor: Pike’s Peak State Park (Bridal Veil Falls), Spook Cave, Beulah Falls, Froelich Museum
Gutteberg: Guttenberg Fish Hatchery, Lockmasters House Heritage Museum
Elkader: Motor Mill Historic Site, Keystone Bridge, Carter House Museum, Table Rock Site of 7/4/1838, Elkader Whitewater Park
Strawberry Point: Worlds Largest Strawberry, Wilder Memorial Museum
West Union: Fayette County Historical Society, Fayette County Courthouse, Goeken County Park, Dutton Cave County Park