St. Louis August 26, 2017
The 7 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take Around St. Louis
If you only have a day to get away then these trips are a perfect fit. You can take a walking tour of historic buildings constructed in the 1700s, spend the day floating down a lazy river, explore a cave, or walk across one of the oldest wooden bridges in Missouri. And all are beautiful short drives in the late summer of Missouri. Check out this list to plan your trip before summer ends.
1. Steelville, Missouri
Called by some "The Floating Capital of Missouri," Steelville is known for its great springs and rivers. The Huzzah, Courtois, Yadkin, Whittenburg, and the Meramec River are all accessible in Steelville for floating, swimming, and boating. But it is the great float trips that bring people here. And there are still plenty of warm days to get in one more float trip before summer ends.
2. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site, Missouri
Built in 1872 and still standing today, this red bridge was one of six built to give passage to St. Louis from Jefferson County. This is a perfect place to plan a romantic day getaway or spend the day viewing history first hand. You can find more information on the official website:
Missouri State Parks
3. Purina Farms, Gray Summit, Missouri
On a visit to Purina Farms you will see cows, horses, pigs, and many more traditional farm animals. But it is the dog shows that set Purina Farms apart from other interactive farm adventures. Held in a huge arena, the event is a must see for dog lovers everywhere. They also feature a petting zoo, hay rides, cow milking demonstrations, and much more. You can find more information about a visit here:
4. Alton, Illinois
Alton, Illinois has so many attractions to see on a day trip it is hard to highlight only a few. The Great River Road is beautiful this time of year and a perfect sightseeing trip. But Alton has something else that can only be seen there, it is the Piasa Bird drawn on the bluff side. Created by the Native American people who once lived in the area, it has been fully restored to its original greatness. Find more information about the Piasa Bird and visiting Alton here:
5. Hannibal, Missouri
You can learn all you ever wanted to know about Mark Twain on a visit to Hannibal, Missouri. There is a museum dedicated to Mark Twain's early life and tours of his boyhood home. Hannibal also offers a haunted house, ghost tours, steamboat rides, and trolley sightseeing trips. You can also view Steve McQueen's motorcycle at the Karlock's Kars & Pop Culture Museum.
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6. Fort de Chartres, Illinois
Built in 1753, this fort was one of the last forts built by the French in the area. Completely restored and preserved by the Illinois Department of Resources, this old relic will take you back to colonial times. You can view artillery of the day, take walking tours of the grounds, and outside the fort area there is a picnic shelter and barbecue grill. More information about a visit to Fort de Chartres can be found at the official website:
Fort de Chartres
7. Meramec State Park
A short drive down Highway 44 will take you to the amazing Meramec State Park. Beautiful and peaceful, this park is worth the drive just for the river views. But this nataural oasis has so much more to offer! You can tour a cave, go canoeing, camp over night, or hike along the 13 miles of trails in the park. Visit
Missouri State Parks
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This a perfect time of year for a day trip in Missouri. Have you visited these sites? Share your experience and photos with us in the comments below.
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