5 Roads In Missouri That Are Pure Bliss In The Fall
Autumn’s the perfect time for a leisurely drive. The crisp air makes it just right for rolling down the windows as the golden sunshine isn’t quite as hot as it was just weeks ago. These five roads in Missouri are pure bliss in the fall, offering picture-perfect opportunities for leaf peeping. Pack a picnic, too, for your autumn adventure, and find a spot to pull over for a relaxing meal.
1. Blue Buck Knob Forest Scenic BywayGo on a relaxing drive along the 24-mile Blue Buck Knob Forest Scenic Byway, which winds through Mark Twain National Forest. The byway features several overlooks, so you won’t have difficulty find places to stop and to admire the changing colors of fall. Learn more on the official website of Mark Twain National Forest .
2. Old Trails Road BywayDrive long the 15-mile Old Trails Road Byway, which boasts winding roads and journeys from Napoleon to Lexington. The byway hugs the Missouri River, offering sensational views along each mile. Lexington’s also the perfect fall day trip destination, if you have time to stop and to explore. Find more on the official website of Lexington, Missouri .
3. Historic Route 66Historic Route 66 meanders 293 miles from Joplin to St. Louis and offers a ton of scenic beauty along the way. You can drive the entire route or just a portion. Make sure you stop at Meramec State Park, where you’ll find Overlook Pavilion. It overlooks gorgeous forested area. Read more about Historic Route 66 .
4. Glade Top TrailAbsolutely stunning views await along the 23-mile Glade Top Trail. The two-lane scenic road journeys through Mark Twain National Forest and boasts several scenic overlooks. Don’t forget your camera to snap photos of the sweeping forested area and open fields. Stop by the official website of Glade Trop Trail for more information.
5. Sugar Camp Scenic BywayJourney along the 28-mile Sugar Camp Scenic Byway for jaw-dropping leaf peeping. Eight miles of the byway is a well-maintained gravel road. In addition to several scenic overlooks, the byway features two picnic areas, so don’t forget to bring lunch along. Find more on the official website of Sugar Camp Scenic Byway .
What are you favorite roads in Missouri during the fall? Let us know in the comments! Ready for some leaf peeping adventures? Here are the best times and places to view the fall foliage in Missouri .
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