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 Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site are located with in Arcadia Valley. - More Info 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:
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, Recreation, Boating
Courtois Creek Float
Courtois Creek Float - Information on floating the Courtois Creek which is located near Steelville, Missouri. - More Info Tags: Boating, Recreation, Floating
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary - Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is located in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and is 55 acres of beautiful countryside for the purpose of rescuing and providing a permanent home for abused and neglected big cats. - More Info 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: Recreation, Boating, Floating
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 Pilot Knob, Missouri. - More Info Tags:
Evansville Illinois
Evansville Illinois - Evansville Illinois is located on the Kaskaskia River in Randolph County. - More Info 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 has been reconstructed. - More Info 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, 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:
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, 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, 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 to Clarksville, Missouri. - More Info 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, 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, 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, Hermann Missouri
Historic Kimmswick
Historic Kimmswick - Historic Kimmswick is the home of the famous Blue Owl Restaurant and many quaint boutiques. It is located in Jefferson County Missouri and hosts the popular Apple Butter Festival each year in the Fall. - More Info 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. The City of Louisiana is located along the Mississippi River in Pike County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63353, Louisiana Missouri
Maeystown Illinois
Historic Maeystown Illinois - Maeystown, Illinois is located in Southern Illinois in Monroe County. Maeystown was founded in 1852 by German immigrants. This quaint town holds several annual events such as Oktoberfest, Fruehlingsfest and Fastnacht. - More Info 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, Washington Missouri
Huzzah Creek Float
Huzzah Creek Float - Information on floating the Huzzah Creek which is located near Steelville, Missouri. - More Info Tags: Recreation, Boating, Floating
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City Missouri - Jefferson City, Missouri is the state capital of Missouri. It was laid out by Daniel Boone's son, Daniel Morgan Boone, and created for that specific purpose. - More Info 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: 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:
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: Attractions
Meramec River Float
Meramec River Float - Information on floating the Meramec River primarily near Steelville Missouri and the surrounding areas. - More Info 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. Major earthquakes and Civil War battles are all part of New Madrid's history! - More Info 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: 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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: 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: 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: Recreation, Boating

Bourbeuse River Float - Information on floating the Bourbeuse River which is located southwest of St Louis in Franklin County - More Info - Tags: Recreation

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