Hidden throughout Missouri lie some of the most peaceful small towns in the Midwest. Rolling hills, canopy forests and wide open plains may just offer you the solitude you were looking for this weekend.
1. Arrow Rock
Lots of historic significance to this town, as it played a key role in the westward expansion with the Santa Fe Trail. In fact, the entire village is registered as a National Historic Landmark.
2. Ste. Genevieve
Take a step into a world of French-Canadian colonialism when you enter Ste. Genevieve. Considered Missouri's oldest town, this little oasis holds true to its French culture and boasts some of the best wineries and breweries in the state.
If St. Louis is too busy for you, head over to this beautiful suburb just a short drive away. To enjoy a beautiful sunset, walk through Sunset Park which sits right along the Missouri River.
Enter a town where the old Amish lifestyle still exists. Jamesport is a great destination for antique and art collectors alike.
Eminence sits right in the center of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway. In the summer, it becomes a hot-bed for tourists, but slows down during the fall.
As you walk through the residential and commercial areas of Blackwater, there's a good chance you'll come across multiple districts listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
One of the lesser known towns in the Ozarks, Greenville's total population only hit 511 in the 2010 census. Close enough to enjoy a hike in the beautiful forestry, but far enough from the big tourist resorts.
8. St. Patrick
A town dedicated to Irish ancestry, can that exist? Apparently in Missouri, it can. St. Patrick was founded by Irish immigrants in the early 1800s. If you're a practicing Catholic or just enjoy a bit of history, then head over to the Shrine of St. Patrick, the town's medieval-inspired Catholic Church.
9. Iron Mountain Lake
This quiet town in St. Franois county offers a small, serene lake for residents and visitors to enjoy a day of fishing, floating and swimming.
10. Macks Creek
The total population of this unincorporated town in 2010 was 244. With a size like that, you're sure to enjoy a pretty quiet day in town.
Where do you like to go when you’re looking for some peace and quiet? Let us know by commenting below.