6 Missouri drives during fall to experience bright autumn colors

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MISSOURI – Along with cool fall weather comes bright autumn colors. Leaves changing from different shades of green to a variety of bright oranges and red is a beautiful site to see.

“Visit Missouri” highlights 6 places to drive through in Missouri to discover the colors of autumn across the state.

1. Hannibal to St. Louis: Highway 79

In Hannibal, mix Mark Twain lore with the shades of fall. Take in the sweeping vista from Lover’s Leap, a huge bluff just outside the city limits. In St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Forest Park and Gateway Arch National Park offer a kaleidoscope of colorful foliage.

2. Hermann to St. Charles: Highway 94

Celebrate the season and sample the wine, beer, spirits, and sausage in Hermann as you experience the region’s German heritage and the Hermann Wine Trail.

3. Caledonia to Van Buren: Highway 21

In the tiny village of Caledonia, visit the old-fashioned mercantile store and antique shops before driving south on Highway 21.

4. Cuba to Eminence: Highway 19

Check out the Route 66 attractions and outdoor murals in Cuba before setting out on Highway 19. Steelville, located near the Meramec, Huzzah, and Courtois rivers, is the self-proclaimed floating capital of Missouri.

5. Lake of the Ozarks loop: Highway 5, Highway 54, Highway 52

The hillsides surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks put on a colorful show when the weather begins to turn cool. Drive a loop around the lake by starting in Versailles and heading down Highway 5. Fall color is especially vivid along the shoreline.

6. Table Rock Lake loop: Highway 65, Highway 13, Highway 76

Deep in the Ozark mountains, travel a winding path around Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo to see southern Missouri bathed in fall’s warm colors.

To learn more about these experiences and where to find them go to visitmo.com.

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