Autumn is right around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time for a fall road trip. Missouri has many great routes for those who want to appreciate the natural beauty this state has to offer. You can take a tour of wine country, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air as you drive.
The Lake of the Ozarks Loop is one of the best scenic drives in the fall, according to Missouri Howell. Covering 130 miles, you will go past the hills of the Osage River Valley and the scenic Lake of the Ozarks. There are several state parks and conservation areas along the way, including smaller roads off the beaten path for those who want to go on an adventure.
Next, take a tour of wine country. While Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the best-known spots in the US for wine, Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of vino buono—“the good wine.” You can take a 125-mile tour of places just outside St. Louis and as far as Hermann. There are several wineries in the area, but be sure to take a designated driver along if you plan on drinking. If you prefer beer, check out the Hermann Oktoberfest.
The St. Francois Loop is perfect for those who want a romantic getaway. Covering 70 miles of mountainous scenery and striking colors, the beautiful regions includes Johnson’s Shut-Ins and the Mark Twain National Forest.
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