Missouri August 07, 2017
The 10 Best Backroads In Missouri For A Long Scenic Drive
If you love to relax on a long scenic drive, then this list of great Missouri backroads is right up your alley! There are plenty of scenic drives with views of the Show Me State’s natural beauty and historic attractions. So, buckle-up and cruise down any of these 10 backroads in Missouri that are perfect for a long scenic drive.
1. Stars and Stripes Byway
The Stars and Stripes Byway is a 5.5 mile route that celebrates the history of Stoddard County. During your trip stop by the Civil War era cemetery, the Stars and Stripes Museum, and the Missouri Veterans’ cemetery.
2. Sugar Camp Scenic Byway
Sugar Camp Scenic Byway will treat you to the most picturesque Missouri farms and forests deep in Ozark country. This 28 mile trip starts and ends near Cassville and is perfect for a relaxing Sunday drive.
3. Sho-Me Santa Fe Trail
Follow in the footsteps of pioneer travelers on the Santa Fe Trail or walk the path of Civil War soldiers on their way to the Battle of Lexington. The trail runs for 20 miles and then connects to Old Trails Road Byway in Lexington. Stop by the many vineyards and fruit stands along this route!
4. Old Trails Road Byway
Old Trails Road Byway will take travelers along the old trade routes and pioneer trails of days gone by. Take in the beautiful sights along the Missouri River and stop along the trail to learn about Missouri's rich history. This 15 mile trip is well worth your time.
5. Missouri Highway 21
Highway 21 in Missouri takes you south past the Mark Twain National Forest, the Current River Conservation Area, and the Rocky Creek Conservation Area. This long highway drive is perfect for seeing all of Missouri's most amazing natural attractions.
6. Glade Top Trail
Glade Top Trail takes you on a 23 mile journey through the Hercules Glades Wilderness Area. This beautiful drive will travel along rolling hills through stunning rural Missouri. If you're taking this route make time to stop in the conservation area to truly experience some of Missouri's most breathtaking and unique natural areas.
7. Missouri Great River Road
Missouri's Great River Road travels along the mighty Mississippi and will show you some of the states most beautiful river towns. Learn about our state's rich history and how the Mississippi river helped create Missouri as we know it today. You will also love the gorgeous views from the top of the river bluffs and down into the lush river bottoms.
8. Historic Route 66 Byway
Historic Route 66 will take you across the state beginning north of St. Louis and ending near Joplin at the Kansas state line. Travel the Mother Road and stop at the amazing and historic roadside attractions along the way. Route 66 is the ultimate road trip and you don't want to miss our on the Show Me State's section!
9. Ozark Mountain Parkway
Take in the sights and sounds of Branson on the Ozark Mountain Parkway. This shorter scenic route will give you a glimpse into the beauty of the Ozarks and the hustle and bustle of Missouri's largest tourist destination.
10. Spirit of Kansas City Regional Scenic Byway
The Spirit of Kansas City Byway is the only urban scenic route in the state. Learn about the history of Kansas City along this route and continue your journey when this scenic byway connects to Cliff Drive Scenic Byway.
Have you taken any of these scenic byways or highways? Let us know about your trip in the comments below.
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