The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Missouri Like Never Before

While the Show Me State is nowhere near the coast, there are still plenty of great Missouri beaches where you can spend your summer. (Even better? You can visit all year around, even though you can only swim during the warmer months.) Take a trip up or down the east side of the state, and enjoy long sandy lakeside spots and quiet rocky river beaches. Just hit the road on this epic road trip that will take you to five of the best beaches in Missouri.

To access an interactive map of this road trip, click here.

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Best Beaches In Missouri

June 14, 2019

What are the prettiest beaches in Missouri?

Discover an assortment of pretty beaches in Missouri. Let your feet sink into the soft sand at Fugitive Beach in Rolla, for example, or soak up some rays at Creve Couer Beach in Creve Coeur. Or, if you want to feel as though you’re dipping your feet in the ocean, set off for such beautiful beaches as Moonshine Beach in Branson, the beach at Long Branch State Park in Macon, or Mark Twain State Park in Florida.

What are the best beach towns in Missouri?

Many people may be surprised to find out that Missouri is brimming with beautiful beaches. In fact, Branson – a popular tourist destination – features the breathtaking Moonshine Beach at Table Rock State Park. Kansas City also lays claim to some picture-perfect beaches, including Longview Lake Swim Beach and Blue Springs Lake Swim Beach. Longview Lake Swim Beach in Missouri, in fact, has earned recognition as the longest beach in the state at 43,560 square feet.

What beaches have the clearest water in Missouri?

Spend a leisurely day at one of the beaches in Missouri that have the clearest water. Wakonda Lake in La Grange, for example, boasts the largest natural sand beach – at 20,000 square feet – in Missouri. Sunbathe on the beach, play an impromptu game of beach volleyball, or swim in the crystal clear waters of Wakonda Lake.

Other Missouri beaches known for their clear water include Stockton Lake at Stockton State Park in Dadeville and Moonshine Beach’s Table Rock Lake in Branson.