Happy October! The fall season is underway and we see bits of color peaking out from the hills of green. We are so fortunate to live and work in this area, where we can enjoy the beauty of the seasons! We’ve heard a few forecasts of a more dreary color palette for 2013, but we’re holding out hope for a bright and beautiful fall. Since we love this area, we love Autumn, and we love cars, what better way to celebrate than with a local road trip! Here’s how and where to get the most out of your drive.
Planning is key. Resources abound to help you determine when and where. You can find a forecast for the best fall color in our area from the Missouri Department of Conservation or The Weather Channel. These guides can help you determine when you might want to venture out on your trip. We would also suggest polling your friends at work; after all, many people in this area have a lengthy commute. Their daily drive may hold breathtaking views. Asking questions on social media sites can be very valuable as well.
If you need additional guidance, let us suggest a few places to start:
The Great River Road is nationally recognized as one of the best places to capture autumn’s colors and many other beautiful views. The St. Louis area is near the center of this 3,000 mile course that journeys through 10 states, with the area north of Alton being one of the most traveled for locals. Great stops along the way provide hiking opportunities and countless perfect picture stops. Consider the Grafton area and Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois or Ste. Genevieve in Missouri, for brief day trips you may have missed.
The Katy Trail, which winds through St. Charles and St. Louis counties and beyond, is another amazing place to get in touch with nature. A walking and bicycle trail is a treat for nature and fitness enthusiasts alike.
The Missouri Botanical Garden offers the beauty of the countryside tucked into city of St. Louis. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or tram ride for those who can’t go the distance on the highways and byways.
Speaking of highways and byways, you may just want to hit the road without a specific, formal destination. St. Louis and the surrounding areas are full of gorgeous hillsides. Driving west on I-44 or south on I-55 is a good start. Also, the Wildwood area abounds with scenic passes, as does Highway M in Jefferson County. You can order or download a map here and begin planning your route. Share with us about your favorite local spot to see the fall colors on our Facebook page. Happy Autumn travels to you!
Additional source: Midwest Living.
Thank you to acreagelife.com for the image.