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Nifty Highway 50

There’s plenty of things nifty along Highway 50 U.S. Highway 50 has been described as the “Backbone of America” as it runs from one coast to the other, passing through 11 states, including Missouri, and through some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes. Part of U.S. Highway 50 has been dubbed "The Loneliest Road in America,” but it’s not the piece that cuts through the Meramec Region. U.S. 50 goes right through the heart of some of the best kept secrets in the Region. Small towns along the route in Gasconade and Osage counties have flavors of their own, and you will surely be delighted to find wineries, antique stores, bakeries and even cheese-makers along the way, making it anything but "lonely!" In some cases, businesses are located close together, so be sure you zoom in on the map. In 1982, William Least Heat-Moon drove the nation's back roads in search of the nation's heart and said in Blue Highways, "For the unhurried, this little-known highway is the best national road across the middle of the United States." We think he found it! What a fantastic way to spend a day. Let's go…….

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On the Wild Side! – Highway 19 in Crawford & Dent

Scenery and Food and Shopping, Oh My! It's a well-known fact that Highway 19 through the Meramec Region is a scenic wonder. From its untamed meanderings through gorgeous deep hills to sparkling rivers and streams, it is a feast for the senses. And speaking of the feasts, outstanding food is absolutely on the Highway 19 menu! So, if you are in for a micro-adventure, Highway 19 through Dent and Crawford counties, and beyond, is the place to go. We have marked agriculture, culinary or tourism businesses five miles either side of Highway 19 for you. Take a look at the trail map and see what's waiting for you on the wild side!

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See the Forest AND The Trees – Highway 21, Washington County

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." – Henry David Thoreau.   Seems like Henry was on to something. It's no big secret that the forest can have a great effect on mind, body and soul. Washington County is well known for its beautiful oak-hickory forests that bring out the nature-lover in all of us. Although just a bit right of the Mark Twain National Forest, (east, for you map-readers) Highway 21 through the county is a forest-lover's dream. And, scattered all along this roadway are agriculture, culinary and tourism-based businesses that will also nourish your being. We've picked those that are within 5 miles of the roadway so you can just hop in your means of transport and check them out on your day-or weekend-trip. So, check out the map and plan your trip. Oh, and be sure to give Henry a nod as you drive through the forests AND the trees.

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