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GRAFTON, MO (KTVI) - Recent wet weather means it`s been a greener fall, later in the season.    But, at both the Grafton Harbor and Alton Marina there are more boat trips scheduled with many of the haunted cruises and fall color cruises selling out. Tourism is up for the region which includes Northern Madison, Jersey and Calhoun Counties. They`ve seen a huge increase they believe due to the weather and folks finding out about just how great the great river road really is.

"We expect the peak to be in about two weeks," says Stephanie Tate, a marketing manager with the Alton Convention & Visitors Bureau.  "You`ll see probably about 50% by about next week and then it`ll keep going.  We probably have another four weeks of leaves in our region." Tate says red colors are at about 30% right now.

At the Grafton Harbor and Alton Marina they`re seeing more boats passing through on fall sightseeing trips.  The 33-mile stretch of the Great River Road is considered to be one of America`s best kept secrets when it comes to scenic drives.

If you`re going on that autumn road trip there is an app for that at www.VisitAlton.com/AutumnRoadtrips.