Bellevue, IA, USA

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On the waterfront in Bellevue

A small town that’s big on personality, Bellevue occupies less than 2 square miles beside the Mississippi River. Home to quaint residential neighborhoods and a riverfront walking path, Bellevue also boasts a charming main street with mom-and-pop shops and local eateries, and even a brewery. You’ll find a number of parks throughout town, as well as plenty of riverfront picnicking areas. Bellevue hosts community celebrations all year round, including rodeos, art festivals, and holiday events. With a Bellevue vacation rental, you can live like a local without quitting your day job.

It's always chime for a vacation in Bellevue

Boating and fishing are popular pastimes during the summer months, and you can find plenty of agencies to rent you everything from kayaks and canoes to speedboats and jetskis. History buff? You can check out a number of historic farms, factories, and private homes in and around Bellevue, many of them dating as far back as the early days of the settlers in the 1850s. The area’s parks offer unique perspectives on the river, while blufftop hiking trails and campsites are easy to find throughout the area.

Bellevue – a great place to park

Occupying 473 blufftop acres above the Mississippi River, Bellevue State Park is home to walking trails, campsites, and even a butterfly garden. It also has a nature center, where nature lovers of all ages can learn about the local wildlife and ecosystems. Just 3 miles south of town, the Pleasant Creek Recreation Area features rustic scenery, as well as an island and a boat launch. A Bellevue vacation rental will put you a hop, skip, and a jump from the Mississippi River’s natural playgrounds.

Bellevue summers – born to be mild

Bellevue has a humid continental climate, which means summers are fairly mild, with highs in the 70s from June through September. The summer months are also the driest, though they do lean toward the muggy side, and you should pack your poncho as you could still get rained out by the occasional summer storm. Bellevue winters tend to be cold, wet, and snowy, and average highs are in the 30s between December and March. If you’re visiting in winter, consider a Bellevue vacation rental with a hot tub or a fireplace – anything to help beat the chilly plains winter.

Bellevue – not bluffing about its bluffs

A scant 607 feet above sea level, Bellevue is located amid the low-lying plains of the Midwest. Much of the area is flat meadowland, but just south of town, you can visit the bluffs along the Mississippi River for their dramatic cliffs and panoramic views. The river itself is one of the region’s most striking geographic features, and you can explore the thriving ecosystems along its banks – species in and around the river include walleye, bass, and catfish, as well as several types of migratory birds.