St Louis Off the Beaten Path

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Things to Do Off the Beaten Path

What we mean by "Off the Beaten Path" is that you aren't going to drive by them as you drive around St. Louis. To get to these wonderful places it might take more of an effort, but it will be worth it. Many of them are less than an hour away from Downtown St. Louis and others are within a few hours. You might call them "Day Trips" because you are going want to take a day to enjoy them!

May we suggest some of these "Off the Beaten Path" places!

Arcadia Valley

Arcadia Valley - Arcadia Valley is made up of the three Missouri towns of Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob. Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and Fort Davidson State Historic Site are located with in Arcadia Valley. - More Info - Tags: 63621, about, attractions, civil-war, day-trips, featured, historic, locations, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd - Public Tags:

Cape Girardeau Missouri

Cape Girardeau Missouri - Cape Girardeau Missouri is located along the Mississippi River and is rich in history as well as being home to the Southeast Missouri State University since 1873. - More Info - Tags: 63701, about, day-trips, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd - Public Tags:

Carlyle Lake

Carlyle Lake - Carlyle Lake is about a one hour drive from downtown St Louis and is located near the city of Carlyle in Clinton County Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62231, about, boating, carlyle, clinton, day-trips, hunting, illinois, recreation, sailing, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62231,Recreation

Courtois Creek Float

Courtois Creek Float - Information on floating the Courtois Creek which is located near Steelville Missouri. - More Info - Tags: boating, day-trips, floating, missouri, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Recreation

Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary - Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is located in Ste. Genevieve Missouri, less than an hour and a half from downtown St. Louis. - More Info - Tags: 63670, animals, attractions, day-trips, family, featured, kids, missouri, sainte-genevieve, science, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, stegenevieve, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 63670,Sainte Genevieve Missouri

Cuivre River Float

Cuivre River Float - Information on floating the Cuivre River which is located in Lincoln County and passes Cuivre River State Park - More Info - Tags: boating, day-trips, floating, lincoln, lincoln-county-information, lincoln-county-missouri-recreation, missouri, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Recreation

Elephant Rocks State Park

Elephant Rocks State Park - Elephant Rocks State Park with its unusual "Missouri Red" granite "Elephant" boulders, is located in the Arcadia Valley in Iron County near Graniteville Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63624, about, attractions, family, featured, iron, kids, missouri, parks, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, state, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags:

Evansville Illinois

Evansville Illinois - Evansville Illinois is located on the Kaskaskia River in Randolph County. - More Info - Tags: 62242, about, day-trips, evansville, featured, illinois, randolph, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62242,Evansville Illinois

Fort de Chartres

Fort de Chartres - Fort de Chartres is located in Prairie du Rocher Illinois. The stone fort was built by the French to govern the Illinois Country in 1760. Today a portion of the fort is reconstructed. - More Info - Tags: 62277, attractions, creole, day-trips, featured, french, historic, history, illinois, locations, prairie-du-rocher, randolph, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62277,Prairie du Rocher Illinois

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site - Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is located near Ellis Grove Illinois. The earthworks are all that remains of the fort that was built by the French in 1703 to protect the town of Kaskaskia. - More Info - Tags: 62241, attractions, creole, ellis-grove, featured, french, historic, history, illinois, lewis-and-clark, locations, randolph, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62241,Ellis Grove Illinois

George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument - The George Washington Carver National Monument is located near Diamond Missouri and honors George Washington Carver, his life and his many accomplishments. - More Info - Tags: 64840, about, african-american, attractions, day-trips, featured, historic, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd - Public Tags:

Hannibal Missouri

Hannibal Missouri - Hannibal Missouri is the historic boyhood city of the famous author, Mark Twain and located in Marion County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63401, about, attractions, day-trips, family, featured, hannibal, historic, history, kids, marion, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, westward-expansion, ziphome - Public Tags: 63401,Hannibal Missouri

Historic Cahokia Courthouse

Historic Cahokia Courthouse - The Historic Cahokia Courthouse was built in 1740 and is an example of French Creole architecture, one of the few examples left in the United States. It is located in St Clair County in Cahokia Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62206, about, attractions, buildings, cahokia, creole, featured, french, historic, history, illinois, landmark, lewis-and-clark, museums, st-clair-county-info, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, stclair, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62206,Cahokia Illinois,Museums

Historic Clarksville Missouri

Historic Clarksville Missouri - Historic Clarksville Missouri is located on the Great River Road that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada along the Mississippi River. It is about an hour and a half drive from downtown St Louis in Pike County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63336, about, attractions, clarksville, day-trips, featured, historic, missouri, pike, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, westward-expansion, ziphome - Public Tags: 63336,Clarksville Missouri

Historic Cuba Missouri

Historic Cuba Missouri - Historic Cuba Missouri is located about one and a half hours from Downtown St Louis in Crawford County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 65453, about, attractions, crawford, cuba, day-trips, featured, historic, historic-route-66, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 65453,Cuba

Historic Elsah Illinois

Historic Elsah Illinois - Elsah, Illinois was founded in 1853 by General James Semple who came from Kentucky and is located off of the Great River Road, through the opening in the bluffs between Mt. Radiance and Mt. Pisgua. - More Info - Tags: 62028, about, attractions, day-trips, elsah, featured, historic, illinois, jersey, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62028,Elsah Illinois

Historic Hermann Missouri vineyard

Historic Hermann Missouri - Hermann, Missouri, located 90 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, was established in 1837 as a German Society Settlement. Beautiful country, wineries, and more await you. - More Info - Tags: 65041, about, attractions, day-trips, fall-season, featured, gasconade, german, hermann, historic, history, missouri, missouri-wine-trail, st-louis-fall-things-to-do, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 65041,Hermann Missouri

Historic Kimmswick

Historic Kimmswick - The city of Historic Kimmswick is the home of the famous Blue Owl Restaurant and many fun boutiques and is located in Jefferson County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63052, 63053, about, attractions, day-trips, fall-season, featured, historic, history, jefferson, jefferson-county-info, missouri, st-louis-fall-things-to-do, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 63053,63052,Kimmswick Missouri

Historic Louisiana Missouri

Historic Louisiana Missouri - Historic Louisiana Missouri has been described as having the most intact Victorian Streetscape in Missouri with many restored Victorian and Italianate buildings. Louisiana Missouri is located along the Mississippi River in Pike County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63353, about, attractions, day-trips, featured, historic, louisiana, missouri, pike, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, westward-expansion, ziphome - Public Tags: 63353,Louisiana Missouri

Maeystown Illinois

Historic Maeystown Illinois - Maeystown Illinois is located in Southern Illinois in Monroe County. Maeystown, founded in 1852 by German immigrants, holds several annual events such as Oktoberfest, Fruehlingsfest and Fastnacht. - More Info - Tags: 62256, about, attractions, day-trips, featured, german, historic, illinois, landmark, maeystown, monroe, monroe-county-info, national-register, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62256,Maeystown Illinois

Historic Washington Missouri

Historic Washington Missouri - Historic Washington Missouri has a rich history with many historical homes, buildings and districts. It is located along the Missouri River and on the Missouri Wine Trail. - More Info - Tags: 63090, about, attractions, day-trips, featured, franklin, franklin-county-info, german, historic, history, missouri, missouri-wine-trail, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, washington, ziphome - Public Tags: 63090,Washington Missouri

Huzzah Creek Float

Huzzah Creek Float - Information on floating the Huzzah Creek which is located near Steelville Missouri. - More Info - Tags: boating, day-trips, floating, missouri, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Recreation

Missouri State Capitol

Jefferson City Missouri - Jefferson City, Missouri is the state capital of Missouri. Interestingly, it was created for that specific purpose and was laid out by Daniel Boone's son, Daniel Morgan Boone. - More Info - Tags: 65101, about, attractions, day-trips, featured, government, historic, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, westward-expansion, ziphome - Public Tags: 65101,Jefferson City

Jesse James Wax Museum

Jesse James Wax Museum - Jesse James Wax Museum features a large collection of Jesse James and his gang's belongings and fire arms. - More Info - Tags: 63079, about, attractions, featured, franklin, franklin-county-info, historic, kids, missouri, museums, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, stanton, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Museums

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Lake of the Ozarks State Park - Lake of the Ozarks State Park is located on the lake and features boating, swimming, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, the Ozark Caverns and more. - More Info - Tags: 65047, about, caves, featured, horseback, horseback-riding, missouri, parks, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, state, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags:

Meramec Caverns

Meramec Caverns - Beautiful Meramec Caverns is one of the many caves and caverns found in Missouri. It is located near Stanton Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63079, about, attractions, family, featured, franklin, franklin-county-info, historic, historic-route-66, kids, metro, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Attractions

Meramec River Float

Meramec River Float - Information on floating the Meramec River primarily near Steelville Missouri and the surrounding areas. - More Info - Tags: boating, day-trips, floating, missouri, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Recreation

New Madrid Missouri

New Madrid Missouri - The historic city of New Madrid Missouri is located on a bend in the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri and is the County Seat of New Madrid County. - More Info - Tags: 63869, about, attractions, civil-war, day-trips, featured, historic, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd - Public Tags: 63869,New Madrid

Onondaga Cave State Park

Onondaga Cave State Park - Onondaga Cave State Park is located in Leasburg Missouri along the Meramec River and features the National Natural Landmark, Onondaga Cave. - More Info - Tags: about, attractions, cave, family, featured, kids, missouri, parks, recreation, science, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, state, ttd - Public Tags: Attractions

Pierre Menard Home Historic Site

Pierre Menard Home Historic Site - The Pierre Menard Home Historic Site is located in Ellis Grove Illinois. The home was built around 1815 by Pierre Menard, the first Lieutenant Governor of the then new State of Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62241, attractions, buildings, creole, ellis-grove-illinois, featured, french, historic, history, illinois, landmark, randolph, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome, national - Public Tags: 62241,Ellis Grove Illinois

Prairie du Rocher

Prairie du Rocher - Prairie du Rocher is located in Randolph County Illinois and was settled as a French farming community in 1722. - More Info - Tags: 62277, attractions, creole, day-trips, featured, french, historic, history, illinois, prairie-du-rocher, randolph, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62277,Prairie du Rocher Illinois

Rend Lake

Rend Lake - Rend Lake is located near Benton Illinois and offers visitors opportunities for boating, fishing, camping and more. - More Info - Tags: 62812, about, benton, day-trips, equestrian, featured, horseback, horseback-riding, illinois, parks, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62812,Benton

Sainte Genevieve

Sainte Genevieve - The city of Sainte Genevieve is a historic French colonial village and is situated along the Mighty Mississippi River. It is located one hour south of the city of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63670, about, attractions, creole, day-trips, featured, french, historic, history, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, stegenevieve, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 63670,Sainte Genevieve Missouri

Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve - The Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden was began in 1925 because of the environmental problems the Garden was facing due to the extreme pollution problem that the city of St. Louis was experiencing because of coal burning. - More Info - Tags: 63039, 63089, about, attractions, day-trips, featured, franklin, franklin-county-info, gray-summit, kids, missouri, science, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 63039,63089,Gray Summit Missouri

Springfield Illinois - Springfield, Illinois has served as its state capital since 1837 when Abraham Lincoln and eight other legislators pushed to have it moved to Springfield from Vandalia. - More Info - Tags: about, attractions, day-trips, featured, government, historic, illinois, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Springfield Illinois

The Great River Road

The Great River Road - The section of The Great River Road that stretches between Alton Illinois and Pere Marquette State Park is called the "Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route" and is designated as a National Scenic Byway. - More Info - Tags: 10-things, about, attractions, day-trips, fall-season, featured, illinois, st-louis-fall-things-to-do, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Illinois


More St Louis Off the Beaten Path


Big River Float - Information on floating the Big River which is located south of St Louis in Washington, St Francois, and Jefferson Counties - More Info - Tags: boating, day-trips, floating, jefferson, jefferson-county-info, missouri, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Recreation

Bourbeuse River Float - Information on floating the Bourbeuse River which is located southwest of St Louis in Franklin County - More Info - Tags: boating, day-trips, floating, franklin, franklin-county-info, franklin-county-missouri-recreation, missouri, recreation, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Recreation

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