The Missouri River: It's A Real Rush

There are few river road trips with quite as much to offer as a drive along the Missouri River. As the longest river in the country, it’s no wonder. Here, we’re going to look at some of the best ways to use your time next to this winding waterway, some of the coolest places to check out, and the most fun activities to try.

Plenty of places to park
There are tons of national parks, trails, and scenic byways to enjoy alongside the Missouri River. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your RV locked and loaded. If there’s one worth seeing particular, check out the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, a route twisting and turning through hills, valleys, imposing cliffs and more. This route was used as a hideout by famous outlaws by Kid Wade, making it feel like a route ripe for adventure.
Have a taste of the finer things
You deserve a little reward after such a journey, too. What better than a glass of the finest red the Hermann Wine Trail has to offer? Stops like the OakGlenn Vineyards and Winery offer wine tastings for the adults, but there’s plenty of good food for the whole family. It’s nestled right over the Missouri River Valley, offering you one of the best views in the region. There’s plenty of live music, too, with live entertainment every weekend. The whole wine trail is just as ripe with delicious food, drink, and nightly fun.

Don’t be afraid to get wet
If you’re exploring a region most famous for its river, then it would be missing out if you didn’t dip a toe in the water, wouldn’t it? There are boat tours that offer you the chance to watch the scenery go by in relative peace and tranquillity, but if you want something a little more exciting, a river canoe trip might just be the thing for you. The river is relatively peaceful, so children as young as five can enjoy the tours, too. As big as the river is, you can get tours that last as long as five or six days.
Take a trip into the past
The Missouri River is one of the most storied landmarks in the whole of the Midwest. There are plenty of historical stops, including the sites of prehistoric Native American settlements. If you want a slice of good old Americana then the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park might just be the stop for you. Here you can find some lovingly preserved and restored 19th-century homes, as well as the fort itself, and even the On-A-Slant Indian Village, which recreates the scene of the Mandan Village first founded in the 16th century.
A family road trip along the Missouri River is one of the best ways to experience the diversity of natural beauty this region has to offer, as well as to truly glance the scale of it all. There are a lot of spots to stop by, so your biggest challenge is picking the ones you want to see the most.



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