What to do in Mount Vernon if you only have 24 hours Feature Image

There’s nothing better than a fall road trip! Hop in your car to spend the day in beautiful Mount Vernon, where you’ll enjoy a variety of activities, including a coffee shop visit, hiking, shopping, wood fired pizza and more!

8:00 AM

Grab a coffee or your espresso drink of choice and a fresh baked-from-scratch pastry at Fuel, a locally owned coffee and art shop. You’ll enjoy the eclectic decor, including art and antiques from around the world.

Fuel Mt Vernon

103 1st Street, Mount Vernon, Iowa


9:00 AM

Time to hit the trails! Head to Palisades-Kepler State Park, where you’ll have the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. There are six miles of trails and many beautiful views of the Cedar River, river bluffs, deep ravines and more.

Palisades-Kepler State Park
700 Kepler Dr, Mount Vernon, Iowa


12:00 PM

Ready for lunch after your morning hike? Make your way back to First Street, where you’ll be eating at Palisades Cafe. The cafe is self described as “specializing in creative food with a local flair.” They source many of their ingredients locally for the freshest taste.

Palisades Cafe

Palisades Cafe
117 1st St, Mount Vernon, Iowa


1:00 PM

After lunch, stroll along First Street where you’ll find a variety of fun shops. Stop at Silver Spider, The Green Door, and Mount Vernon Confections for some yummy treats, and fun clothing and gift items.

Silver Spider Mount Vernon

Silver Spider
117 1/2 1st St, Mount Vernon, Iowa

The Green Door
221 First St, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Mount Vernon Confections
118 1st St, Mount Vernon, Iowa


3:00 PM

Time to enjoy some more fresh air outside! Head to Kroul Farms for some fun fall activities, farm animals, produce and more. Challenge yourself on the 3-acre corn maze or check out the pigs, goats, cows and other animals.

Kroul Farms

Kroul Farms
245 Highway 1 S, Mount Vernon, Iowa


5:00 PM 

Hope you’re hungry for some pizza! Make your way back to First Street where you’ll be enjoying wine or craft beer from around the world, and wood fired pizza at Lincoln Winebar.

Lincoln Winebar

Lincoln Winebar
125 1st St NW, Mount Vernon, Iowa


6:30 PM

Don’t get too stuffed full of pizza and drinks! Time for your final stop at the Bijou Movie Theatre. You’ll be seeing Blade Runner 2049, a movie starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Relax in their luxury theatre seating and enjoy some Iowa grown popcorn!

Bijou Movie Theatre

Bijou Movie Theater
123 2nd St SW, Mount Vernon, IA

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