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Best Fall Rides in Missouri: Hit the Backroads to See Stunning Fall Colors

Posted By: Chad Faerber
Post Date: 10/15/2020

There's nothing better than fall in Missouri. The air cools, the humidity eases, and all the colors come out. If you're longing to hit those backroads and see all the shades of red, orange, and yellow our state has on display, keep reading. We've got a list of the best roads for viewing fall leaves in Missouri. 

From the Mississippi to the Ozarks, Missouri is a Playground for Riders

We may be biased, but we think Missouri has it all. We love the great expanses of farmland, bordered by rolling hills, and the bluffs that tower above the Missouri River. While you can get from Kansas City to St. Louis in about 4 hours by taking I-70, why would you want to limit yourself? The backroads in this state offer so much more. Plus, all of our favorite runs feature fun little curves and stretches of gorgeous countryside.  

Our Top 5 Picks for an Unforgettable Fall Ride

1. Take Highway 21 for a Ride to Missouri's Best Parks

From Tesson Ferry Road in South County, you can begin your journey on this 188-mile scenic route. The fall colors make their brilliant appearance just south of the Meramec River, as the winding highway takes you past the Mark Twain National Forest and some of our best state parks, including Elephant Rocks, Taum Sauk Mountain, and Johnson's Shut-Ins.

2. Hug the Missouri River Along Highway 179

This route carries you through some of the towns west of Columbia. Many riders start in Jefferson City and ride north, meeting up with Interstate 70. If you want to extend your ride, you can turn off at Highway 87 and drive toward Boonville. Along the way, you'll hug the Missouri River and get some great views of the changing leaves. Don't miss Peach Tree Farms, near Overton!

3. If Wine is Your Destination, Take Missouri Route 94

If you're a wine-lover, you can't miss Missouri Route 94. This winding road takes you from historic St. Charles to Augusta and the Hermann Wine Trail. You'll discover our region's German heritage along with some of the most scenic valleys in the state. This road gives you an easy-going ride with a few fun twists and turns. Be sure to stop at the Stone Hill Winery! (Just don't drink and drive.)

4. Experience Hannibal and the Mississippi on Highway 79

For the real Mark Twain experience, take Highway 79 north from St. Louis to Hannibal. This route gives you plenty of tight little turns to enjoy. Along the way, you can take in the fall colors and the expansive river views. Part of the Great River Road, this short ride is perfect for history buffs and nature-lovers alike.

5. Explore the Lake of the Ozarks Along Highways 54 and 52

Fall is the perfect time to hit the hills and twisty roads that surround the Lake of the Ozarks. If you start in Versailles on Highway 5, you can do a complete loop around the lake and see all the dramatic fall colors that decorate the shoreline. There are plenty of restaurants along the way. If you have time, take a detour to Ha Ha Tonka State Park!

What's Your Favorite Stretch of Road in the State?

Those are our top 5. What are yours? We love to hear about your favorite road trips and adventures. The next time you stop into our showroom, be sure to tell us what we missed!

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