We’re probably biased, but we think there is no more beautiful place than the Driftless. And its great beauty is unexpected. When people think of the Midwest, dramatic scenic vistas may not be the first thing that pops into mind. But having an ancient landscape that has been carved by millions of years of streams working their way patiently through a half-billion years of sedimentary rock has a way of creating stunning views.


Even for those of us who have grown up or spent considerable time living in the Driftless, the region continues to surprise and inspire us. Places like the dramatic, lushly vegetated waterfalls of the Decorah, Iowa area are one such delight. The expansive scenic vistas from the top of high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River are another. And then there are the deep, dark caves, some of which are filled with ancient petroglyphs. It’s an amazing and beautiful landscape.

There are a number of wonderful places to see and photograph scenery in the Driftless Region. An excellent starting point is the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River. Another scenic byway is Highway 60 in southwest Wisconsin, which winds its way through the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Apple Blossom Drive north of La Crescent, Minnesota will blow you away. State parks, like Wyalusing in Wisconsin, Pikes Peak in Iowa, and Great River Bluffs in Minnesota, along with Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa and Grandad Bluff Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin, provide unparalleled scenic vistas. What are you waiting for?

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

Whether you’re a photographer or not, we hope you will get out and explore the scenic beauty of the Driftless. There are hundreds of miles of trails and windy roads to take you on an adventure of discovery.

I think you get the picture. 😉