- Missouri offers a portion of one National Scenic Byway, Crowley's Ridge Parkway, as well as a portion of the Great River Road, The Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road andCliff Drive.
Like an isolated island in the swampy land of southeast Missouri, Crowley's Ridge offered settlers a scenic and safe place to live while working. Today, it offers visitors a fantastic look at Missouri's history, culture, and beloved natural resources. The Great River Road weaves through the Show Me State, offering scenic and natural views of the mighty Mississippi River.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.