Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the Rotary Riverfront Trail in Washington, then get on Missouri Route 100 and head west approximately 30 miles to Hermann for Oktoberfest held on weekends in October, or tour Hermann Farm. Visit visithermann.com for information on Oktoberfest and washmo.org for information about Washington and the riverfront trail.
Weldon Spring to Augusta along state Route 94
From U.S. 40 in St. Charles County, head west on Route 94 to Augusta; every corner and curve of this winding 20-mile stretch of highway offers a new and breathtaking view. Stop by Centennial Farms and Orchard (199 Jackson St., Augusta, MO, 636-228-4338) for pumpkin picking, or take a hike at scenic Klondike Park (4600 Hwy. 94 S., Augusta, MO, 636-949-7535) .
Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Illinois, to Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford, Illinois, along Route 100
Start your day with Sunday brunch, which will be offered at the historic Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center (13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton, IL, 618-786-2331, ext. 502), Sundays in October. Then follow Illinois Route 100 along the Meeting of the Great Rivers scenic byway and visit the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower (435 Confluence Tower Dr., Hartford, IL, 618-251-9101), stopping at the many historical spots along the approximately 30-mile drive. For information about the Meeting of the Great Rivers scenic byway, visit visitalton.com.
St. Peters to Clarksville along Route 79:
Enjoy the beauty created by Mother Nature along this 45-mile stretch of Missouri Route 79, another Great River Road, then enjoy the beauty created by local artists upon arrival in Clarksville, which is home to potters, glass blowers and jewelry designers. From I-70 in St. Peters, take MO-79 north to Clarksville.
Chesterfield to Eureka along Hwy. 109:
Few stretches of highway in St. Louis offer more scenery and recreation than this 15-mile stretch in St. Louis County. Travelers can do a little hiking at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park (800 Guy Park Dr., Wildwood, MO, 636-458-3813) or Rockwoods Reservation (2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO, 636-441-4554), ride the Wabash Frisco and Pacific 12-inch gauge steam railroad (101 Grand Ave., Glencoe, MO, 63038, 636-587-3538), or enjoy a few flips and dips at Six Flags St. Louis (4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka, MO, 636-938-5300), all along this scenic, tree-lined stretch of highway. Note: Due to a bridge replacement project, access to Rockwoods Reservation from Hwy. 109 may be re-routed.
Ride the Rails:
Amtrak is a fun, affordable way to travel without spending a bundle on gas. Board the train in Kirkwood and travel to Hermann, or jump on the train in St. Louis and make a trip to Alton; both trips are approximately an hour one way and provide plenty of scenery.
2017 Fall Color Report
It's difficult to predict when the colors will peak and how vibrant they will be, but travelers can keep up-to-date with tips and resources from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Prefer to explore fall color by foot? Plan a trip to these scenic destinations.
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