Trip Ideas: Take a Ride on Route 61 - North
Everyone knows they can get their kicks on Route 66; they may not know about the fun on Route 61. From North to South, this scenic route - also known as the Avenue of the Saints - has family fun and adventure aplenty.
Morning
Start your journey on Route 61 with a trip back in time to this circa 1800s village. It has a pioneer post office, hardware store, general store, and dry goods store. The toy museum includes more than 20,000 toys.
1948l Highway B, Canton MO 63435, 573-288-3995
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., and other times by appointment
Features more than 600 slot machines and plenty of reel slots, video poker and table games. Take a break from the action at Bistro 104, serving everything from buttermilk pancakes to the famous prime rib dinner.
104 Pierce St., La Grange MO 63448, 573-655-4770
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 a.m.
Take a short detour off Route 61 and enjoy the view from above, during a relaxing ride on a restored, vintage plane. Several aircraft are available, an individual can choose a personal tour and invite up to six additional people. At Hannibal Regional Airport
6079 CR 425, Hannibal MO 63401, 573-221-3230
Hours: Tours are by appointment only
Evening
Explore more than 38 miles of hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails as they wind through this 6,393-acre park. Camping, equestrian camping, a lake for fishing and swimming, picnicking, an organized group camp and a visitor center are features.
678 State Route 147, Troy MO 63379, 636-528-7247
Hours: Open daily: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; beach closes at 8 p.m.
Cap your day with some shopping "West of ordinary." Anchor stores include Bed, Bath and Beyond, Old Navy, and Missouri's only Von Maur Department Store.
Hwy. 40 & Lake Saint Louis Blvd., Lake St. Louis MO 63367, 636-695-2626
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Afternoon
Whether you're passing through the area for the first time or know it like the back of your hand, you're sure to find helpful information at this Official Missouri Welcome Center. Pick up maps, brochures and tips from knowledgeable staff members.
1700 Route 61 South, Hannibal MO 63401, 573-248-2420
Hours: April 1-Oct. 31: Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 1-March 31: Open Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take a break and satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Bankhead Chocolates. They've been producing hand-dipped candies since 1919. The candies are prepared in large copper kettles, poured onto a marble table and cut to perfection.
810 Business Highway 61, Bowling Green MO 63334, 573-324-2312
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.