The scenic drives in Missouri and the United States are filled with beautiful sights and roadside scenic views.
Photos by: J. M. Beckermann
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
& Photos by: S. Trent
Natural Discovery Trails
The Great River Road
Great River Bluffs and Valley of the Mississippi River, established in 1939. It is the nations oldest and longest scenic road, and travels for 3,000 miles. It begins in Canada, then follows the Mississippi River to the Gulf of New Mexico. The Great River Road preserves, promotes and enhances scenic, historic, reacreational and econimic resources. Along the Great River Road are scenic overlooks, roadside parks, national forests and historic sites on both sides of the river. The ten U.S. states are: AR, IL, IO, KY, LS, MN, MI, MO, TN, WS and Ontario Canada.
Lewis and Clark Trail
The route of the Corps of Discovery from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. It is a 8,000 mile journey. It took Lewis and Clark and the corp 2 years, 4 months and 9 days to make this journey. This feat offered geographers new materials, maps and brought science knowledge of previously unknown plant and animal life. The trail today still holds much of its pristine beauty. The route consists of rivers, including the Missouri River, empoundments, trail segments and marked highways that follow the Lewis and Clark trail and can be explored on foot, car or boat. Visits to ancient Indian grounds can be mystical, it is a living of history along the route of adventure. States included in the journey: ID, IL, IO, KS, MO, MT, ND, NB, OR, SD, WA
Trail of Tears
The Trail of Tears is commemorative of the forced removal of five Indian tribal nations, over 12,000 people, from the east to Oklahoma, in the winter of 1838-1839. The Cherokee Indians were forced, as prisoners, to march west to Oklahoma and crossed the Mississippi River in two locations. Today, The Trail of Tears State Park and Moccassin Springs are these two locations. This historic trail was established in 1987. States as part of this historic trail are: AL, AR, FL, IL, JY, MO, NC, OK, TN.
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Route 66This is the driving route from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA, through the Heartland of Missouri.
U.S. 67, an ancient trail with interesting side trips from St. Louis to Arkansas.
Sante Fe Trail
This wagon trail first opened in 1822 and travels from Missouri to New Mexico. Mexico had just become independent from Spain and they were eager to trade with the Americans. Americans traded factory made goods and purchased mules, donkeys and brought back silver. These states are: CO, KS, MO, NM, OK
Nez Perce Trail
Forced to abandon hopes for a peaceful move to the Lapwai reservation,the Nez Perce chiefs saught to relocate in Canada. The non-treaty Nez Perce travels began in 1877. Pursued by the Army, they intended to seek safety with their Crow allies on the plains to the east. As they tried to escape the pursuing white forces on their desperate route is what we now call the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. This trail was used in its entirety only once. The component trails and roads that made up the route bore generations of use before and after 1877. The Nez Perce Nation befriended Lewis and Clark in their journey to the Pacific, and this relationship, in part, helped the Corps to survive. The trail through the states of: ID, OR, WY, MT.
In the late 1840s when gold was discovered in California, thousands of americans went west. This wagon trail was used by people to settle in Oregon for prosperity and the prospectors headed to California, they traveled through the Rocky Mountains. This travel west included the states of: CA, CO, ID, IO, KS, MO, NB, NV, OR, UT, WY.
In late 1830 a steady flow of people migrated west on the trail over 2,000 miles. The Americans went to Oregon to settle in these lands and they travelled over plains, across rivers and through the mountains. States travelled are: ID, KS, MO, NB, OR, WA.
The Sioux Trail
A scenic byway, from the Valley of the Minnesota from New Ulm to Laq Qui Parle, 120-mile trail. Fort Ridgely, a frontier outpost that withstood two Indian attacks in the Dakota Conflict of 1862, and the restored Harkin general store, Chippewa Pioneer Village.
Waterfowl can be seen along the Minnesota River. Herons, geese, white pelicans.
SD, ND, WY, MT
Lone Elk Park~Scenic Drive
A wildlife area with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. World Bird Sanctuary. Chubb Trail and the White Bison Trail. Picnic sites and shelters. St. Louis County, Missouri
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