Fall Road Tripping Ideas Close to Home

(StatePoint) Fall brings with it changing leaf colors, cooler weather and shorter days — and it’s a great season for a road trip close to home.  Road-tripping on scenic nearby routes is a wonderful way to pursue passions, explore fun attractions and events, or just to relax.  Here are some destinations for Missourians to consider this season: Rev Your Engine or Mount Up in Fulton & Callaway County Fall is the best time to road trip in Missouri. Whether your mount is twowheeled or four-legged, Fulton and Callaway County are a road tripper’s dream. Bring your bike or mount your horse for a ride on one of only two equestrian sections on Missouri’s Katy Trail. Hang out with Willys Jeep enthusiasts during their September reunion at Auto World Museum or enjoy live music with VW campers during Volks in the Valley at Serenity Valley Winery. If you have a need for speed, get your motor running on one of the local Missouri River backroads or the local dirt track races. If you want to eat hyper-local, take a scenic drive to one of the fall events on the Callaway County Mutton Trail. Learn more at www.visitfulton.com/blog.

Enjoy the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of the Saxon Fall Festival
October is the best time for many Missourians because it’s Fall Festival time, and no one celebrates it better than the folks in Frohna, in Perry County. Experience the 41st Saxon Fall Festival on October 8th with demonstrations of skills and crafts from days gone by, and some that are still practiced by descendants who settled this land in 1831. Partake in the singing of the Schnitzelbank Skit and enjoy sounds of local musicians. Stroll among the village of original, fully furnished 1800s hand-hewn log homes. Take your turn at stirring apple butter over an open fire and experience the delicious tastes of homemade coffee cakes, jams, jellies and, of course, pretzels baked right on the grounds. It’s a great seasonal celebration. Learn more at visitperrycounty.com.

Discover the Beauty of the Road in Pulaski County
Your sense of wanderlust doesn’t rest after the summer months. You may find yourself yearning to explore the open road amidst a colorful autumn backdrop not far from home. For moments like these, Pulaski County, MO is a must-visit destination. Explore more than 33 miles of Route 66 midway between St. Louis and Joplin, catching a glimpse of a bygone era as this historic highway twists and turns through Ozark hillsides awash in fall colors. Beyond the natural beauty of the countryside, the many historical sites, eateries, and shops that line The Mother Road provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the thousands of travelers who make their way across the country. With so much to do and see, you’ll want to make this trip an overnighter!

Fall Activities Abound in Clarksville
The rivers, streams and trails in Clarksville, Tennessee serve up spectacular fall views, along with plenty of recreational opportunities to unplug and reconnect. Located four hours east of St. Louis on I-24, Clarksville is a favorable fall road trip destination. Bring the pets to explore riverside walks and creekside hikes at Rotary Park, Dunbar Cave, the Cumberland Riverwalk and 9-mile Greenway. Rock climbing, mountain biking, golf and kayaking opportunities are plentiful and scenic as well. Grab dinner or brunch at the city’s trendiest downtown restaurant, The Mailroom, featuring foods from around the world, along with luscious desserts. Enjoy a live performance at the Roxy Theatre, stroll through shops and galleries and wander around the Customs House Museum with a new interactive area dedicated to kids.

Find Fall Festivals in Benton County
Benton County, MO is full of fall colors and unique festivals. Breathtaking views of two lakes, mixed with exciting festivals, make for perfect road trips. September wraps with Cole Camp Oktoberfest on the 24th, a German festival, with traditional food, beer, contests, and live music.  October 15 and 16 bring Warsaw Heritage Days and Kaysinger Pioneer Heritage Days — Warsaw`s biggest and best craft and heritage festival.  At Kaysinger Bluff, at the Harry S Truman Visitor Center, find 1800s demonstrations with Drake Harbor and downtown Warsaw filled with hundreds of craft vendors. The Cole Camp Pumpkinfest runs October 28 to 29, with spirit stroll, scavenger hunts for adults and families, pumpkin carving, haunted house, food trucks and contests. Fun for all ages! For more information, visit www.visitbentoncomo.com, #visitmo.