Three Missouri Train Routes Every Naturalist Needs To Experience

The Midwest is one of the most beautiful regions in the country when it comes to colorful scenery. With the plains in Nebraska, the rivers in Illinois, the rolling hills in Ohio and more, the middle of America is ripe for day trips and exploration. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of these states is by train, with ample time to admire the vibrant colors of autumn and some of the most scenic routes the Midwest has to offer. Missouri is especially alluring for this type of travel, with a variety of sights to take in.

Get away for the day or weekend with these three train routes below:

1/ Missouri River Runner, Amtrak
If you’re looking for a way to explore the Show-Me State, Missouri River Runner is an Amtrak line that runs between St. Louis and Kansas City daily. There are plenty of stops along the way with good scenery and unique attractions, such as the wineries in Hermann.

2/ Lincoln Service, Amtrak
On this route between St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois, you’ll spend time visiting lauded parks from the comfort of your own seat. Besides seeing the Gateway Arch, you’ll view Beaver Dam State Park from your window before stopping in Springfield t0 explore the historic birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.

3/ Silver Chef, Branson Scenic Railway
Located in Branson, Missouri, the Silver Chef will take you on a 40-mile roundtrip excursion throughout the Ozark foothills. You’ll ride through forests and bluffs south of Branson into northern Arkansas as you learn about the history of the area.

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