And, you can explore the Show Me state on a tank of gas.
When you sit up high off the road in comfortable seats with lots of windows to look out of, you are assured you can see a lot. That’s what a pickup truck promises for a road trip, and why we saw so much on our recent trip to Missouri. The state boasts rolling hills, mountains, lush forests, historic towns, big cities, and everything in between. Cruising down one of these scenic drives in Missouri and made me understand why it’s called the Show-Me State.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab was the perfect truck for our cruise through these byways and backroads.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab gets great gas mileage, has a roomy interior, soft leather seats, and plenty of USB ports for the kids’ devices for when they get bored of looking at the natural beauty outside the window. Here’s what we saw that we think is worth a visit.
Six Leisurely Drives with a great view of Missouri
1. Ruth and Paul Henning Scenic Overlook
Overlooking the 1,534-acre Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, this drive has stunning views of the Ozark Mountains. Be sure to stop at the overlook where visitors can take a hike in the wooded forest, and climb up the 40-foot overlook to enjoy the views of downtown Branson and the surrounding mountains.
2. Wilson Creek National Battlefield
Home to the 2nd major American Civil War battle where more than 2,500 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing in five hours of intense fighting. This 5-mile road takes visitors through the historical site where you can see canons, a historic house & cabin, rail fences, sinkholes, and the battlefield. If you want to stretch your legs, the battlefield is laced with walking trails where you’ll find more unique history hidden in the hills.
3. Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway
This 23-mile scenic byway is perfect for a slow weekend drive. This two-lane byway was built in the 1930s and takes travelers 500-ft above the surrounding countryside, overlooking limestone glades and multiple woodlands. There are picnic areas and scenic viewpoints scattered along the drive.
4. Historic Route 66 Byway
With almost 300 miles of Route 66 going through Missouri, motorists can hop on any part of the byway from St. Louis to Joplin. Along the route, you can view The Gateway Arch, take a photo by one of the many murals scattered along the byway, visit a Route 66 museum, catch a movie at a drive-in theatre, or grab a bite to eat at a classic hamburger joint along the way.
5. Missouri Highway 21
Travel along a few of Missouri’s wondrous natural resources. This highway takes you along the Mark Twain National Forest, Rocky Creek Conservation Area, and Current River Conservation Area. Pack a picnic and a camera to explore a day the countryside that inspired so many classic American stories.
6. Missouri Great River Road
Open up the sunroof and let your hair blow in the wind as you wind your way along the mighty Mississippi. This scenic drive will have you driving through quaint river towns, amazing views from the top of river bluffs and down to the tree-lined river bottom.
We loved touring Missouri. It was such fun letting the Show-Me State show off! No matter where your road trips are, I’m confident you will have a ball if you can do it in a 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab.
Disclosure: Nissan provided the Frontier for my road trip. All opinions and impressions are my own.