Hit the Road
Five one-tank road trips to satisfy your wanderlust.
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St. Louis, Missouri
Distance: 248 miles; 3 hours, 40 minutes
The historic town of Fulton is just 4 miles south of Interstate 70 on Highway 54 in Callaway County. Visit the National Churchill Museum, a $4 million masterpiece located on Westminster College’s campus, or explore Fulton’s Brick District, the town’s main retail hub that features 67 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. On Brick Street Saturdays, you’ll find local produce from the Fulton Farmers’ Market, local handicrafts, live music and sidewalk sales among the nearly 30 restaurants and shops.
Missouri botanical garden, St. Louis | Photo courtesy of missouri botanical gardenmissouri botanical garden
REASONS TO GO
Our sister city that anchors Missouri to the east might be a common road-trip destination, but St. Louis has more to offer than what meets the eye. Yes, we all know about the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo and the City Museum. This tour will take you on the road less traveled. Get ready to eat where the locals eat, play where the locals play — and even sleep where Frank Sinatra slept!
st. louis cathedral basilica | photos by m.l. olsen
Skip the Anheuser-Busch tour and explore local breweries like Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood or Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in the Grove. Each is in a lively entertainment district worth exploring once the tours have concluded. Deemed “one of the 10 great streets in America” by the American Planning Association, the Delmar Loop in University City is home to more than 120 businesses, including diverse restaurants, eclectic shops, a bowling alley, a movie theater and concert venues like The Pageant. And be sure to look below your feet; the St. Louis Walk of Fame honors greats like Maya Angelou, Scott Joplin, Yogi Berra and Tina Turner. Head to the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is known for its stunning displays of plants and flowers. Marvel at the Japanese Garden, one of the largest of its kind in North America, complete with waterfalls, an island, koi fish, flowering cherry trees and more. Take a self-guided tour of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which houses one of the largest mosaic collections the in the Western Hemisphere. Twenty different artists created the mosaics, which contain 41.5 million pieces of glass, took 76 years to complete and cover 83,000 square feet.
St. Louis Magazine named Olive + Oak, a chic eatery in the heart of Webster Groves, the Best New Restaurant of 2016. The menu has price points to suit any budget. Opt for the classic O+O Burger for $12 or splurge on the 32-ounce Prime Cowboy Rib-Eye for $68 (granted, this entree is intended for two). Other trendy spots include Nixta, which serves modern Mexican food in a vacation-like setting; Private Kitchen, which serves authentic Shanghai-style Chinese food by reservation only; and James Beard Award-winning chef Gerard Craft’s latest concept, Sardella, which spans old world Italy to 21st-century St. Louis cuisine. And you can’t go wrong with St. Louis classics like Crown Candy Kitchen, Broadway Oyster Bar, The Fountain on Locust, Gioia’s Deli (a James Beard Foundation American Classics Award winner); Carl’s Drive-In or Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas on “The Hill” (St. Louis’ Little Italy).
Moonrise Hotel, st. louis
The Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop is a one-of-a-kind destination. Its blend of modern design and quirky sophistication — think iridescent lobby walls, rare space memorabilia, evocative art and lighted staircases — makes for an unforgettable stay. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar underneath the spinning 3-D moon model, then check out a show at The Pageant music venue next door. Live like royalty at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in the Central West End. With its stunning 1930s Art Deco design, iconic Mediterranean-style pool with carved stone porticoes and tranquil fountains, iconic celebrity guests like the Rolling Stones, historic five-screen movie theater, three restaurants, and Aveda Salon and Spa, you may never want to leave the premises!
SAVE THE DATES
May 20: Enjoy samples from more than 50 local breweries at the sixth annual IndiHop. With your tasting glass in hand, hop on one of five shuttles and be transferred between The Grove and Cherokee Street for 25 samples in each neighborhood with 18 local bands providing entertainment.
July 2-4: Fair St. Louis, one of the city’s most cherished traditions, features live music from national acts, air shows, food, educational activities and spectacular fireworks in celebration of America’s birth. Best of all? The Independence Day weekend festivities at Forest Park are free.
Aug. 9-10: It’s the second half of the notorious I-70 series. Watch the Boys in Blue take on the hometown Redbirds in what’s sure to be an exciting Missouri faceoff at the beautiful Busch Stadium. Be sure to grab a post-game brew at Ballpark Village, Kansas City Power & Light’s distant cousin also designed by Cordish Companies.