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5   in Missouri Missouri60 Miles

By Kulbikr
on October 1, 2002

4.6out of 5

9 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Directions for this route are very simple. Take state route 94 west from St. Charles Missouri all the way to McKittrick, MO. To visit Hermann, one you get to McKittrick, head south on route 19 over the river and you'll be in Herman. After Herman you can go back to 94 and return to St. Charles or continue west on 94 to do some more great driving. You might want to take that road all the way to Jefferson City.

Scenery

This route starts right outside of West St. Louis and takes you through the beautiful Missouri River Valley and into the best wine-country in the Midwest. After the wineries stop near the town of Herman, you can continue on for another 50 or so miles if you like the route's twisty turns and hills (full trip).MotorcycleRoads has designated this route as a "Buried Treasure Route" because of its outstanding balance of scenery, motorcycle-road quality and amenities.

Along this route you will see some of the best scenery that Missouri has to offer. The route hugs the Missouri River and you will view the river at different points along the route. Because of the fertile river valley land, the area is filled with picture perfect farms and wineries. There are also large limestone bluffs that the river runs next to at points giving you some great photo opportunities. These bluffs rise as much as 400 feet above the Missouri River.

Road Quality

This route hugs the Missouri River and has plenty of twists and turns and hills to keep all of us on motorcycles very happy. Keep in mind though, in the spring, occasional river flooding can cause problems on some of the stretches of 94. Try going on a Sunday instead of on a Saturday (very very crowded during the wine season at least). Many biker sightings on the way. The only con is that until you actually get out of the suburbs there are a gazillion stop lights that you might have to encounter...but after that its pure motorcycling bliss. The towns are spread out nicely along the route, which gives you a chance to get some uninterrupted riding in between stops. Overall, this route is among the best Missouri has to offer and anybody who owns a motorcycle in the area would be making a big mistake not to drive it at least once or twice in a season.

Roadside Amenities

This route takes you on a tour of the Missouri Rhineland or wine-country. If you enjoy wine tasting and aren't stupid enough to drive when you've had too much too drink, then this will be one of the top routes in all of Missouri for you.

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area can be found by taking a detour at Rte. D west for about 2 miles. It offers thousands of acres for hiking, picnicking, hunting and fishing.

If you take another detour off of Rte. 94 west on Rte. F for about 5 miles you will see the Daniel Boon House. Daily tours are offered March-November. The house is a four story, plantation style house that Daniel Boone built with the help of his son. It is here where Daniel Boone retired and lived his last years of life back in the early 1800s.

The Katy trail is a biking and hiking trail that covers 200 miles of abandoned railroad paths. From this route you can access the trails of this route.

Augusta Missouri is home of many of the area's best wineries. For an incredible view of the Missouri River valley and the area's farms, visit the Montelle Winery. It sits atop a 400 ft bluff that overlooks the river valley below.

Detour off of 94 heading south on Rte. 47 for about 4 miles. There you will find the town of Washington, which sits next to the Missouri River and offers visitors a number of restaurants, Bed and Breakfasts and various arts and craft shops. This town of 11,000 is relatively large by rural measurements and has a large number of attractive homes built in a 'Missouri-German' style that visitors love to see. It is also home of the world's only existing corn-cob pipe factory that have been used by famous people such as Mark Twain and General Douglas MacArthur.

Back on 94 a couple of miles west of the town of Dutzow look for a sign leading to the grave and monument of Daniel Boone. Apparently Daniel Boone was originally buried here back in 1820 and his body lay next to his wife's for 25 years until the State of Kentucky won a fight to have his body brought back to the state he helped found. Rumor has it that the state of Missouri actually sent the bones of a young slave instead.

The highlight of the trip may be its final stop in Herman. This town was established by German immigrants who wanted to preserve their customs and architecture. Today this hilly little German town is a popular tourist town because of the many bed and breakfasts, museums, and wineries. Like any good German town, this place really comes alive during its many October Fests put together each year. The town is neatly kept and offers blocks of shops and restaurants. Go to the Stone Hill Winery if you want a great view overlooking the town. Make sure you take the tour they offer to see its impressive wine cellars. The Historic Herman Museum will tell you about the history of the area and its German-Americans that proudly built this beautiful town.

The wineries stop at Herman but if you continue on you will still see some pretty farms, pass through nice small towns and ride some great twisty stretches of 94 about another 50 miles all the way to capital city of Missouri - Jefferson City.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Missouri Division of Tourism (314-751-4133).

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By Guest
on November 22, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Simply put...this is a 'must ride' if in the area. There are many great roads just a short drive west and southwest of St. Louis but this route is the first route I mention to out-of-towners and locals looking for an enjoyable Sunday ride.

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By Guest
on April 17, 2008 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

While your running 94 you need to take a detour and head north toward Pendleton on B hwy. Doun't worry about how to get back to 94, after taking a run up B you will have no problem turning around and running it in the opposite direction. Great road, smooth pavement, but will definately challange you. Will also leave you grinning when you're finished.

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By cmaster119
on June 17, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Kawi Ninja 500R

Motorcycle Type Sport

Great route, moderate curves for MO. Very fun on cruisers at posted speed limit, sport bikes should push the throttle a bit more. Lots of gravel access roads, but road deck is clear thanks to amount of local traffic. Many places to stop along way. Food, drink and local history being major hot spots.

One caution, this is MO wine country with many wineries along the route. Take extra care on weekends, late afternoon to sunset. Watch for vehicles crowding center line after leaving the wineries.

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By knuckles357
on May 18, 2015 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki ZX14R

Motorcycle Type Sport

If you live in the area and have not taken this ride you are missing out. Took the route from Saint Charles to Herman for the first time yesterday, then made a return run. 150 miles round trip. On a Sunday afternoon I did not encounter too many vehicles along the way. There were a few slow points and if you are unfortunate to catch up with a car through the twisty bits you will not have many passing options. There are some flat wide open areas, lots of elevation changes, lots of speed changes, fast curves, slower curves. Just an overall exciting ride. Note of caution, outside of Defiance there are a few spots where the road on the inside of the curve has busted off leaving a few good size holes along the white line. Keep that in mind when turning in hard. RIDE SAFE AND ENJOY!!

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By Guest
on February 4, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I .VE BEEN RIDING THIS HIGHWAY FOR MANY YEARS AND REALLY ENJOY THE PEOPLE AND BARS ALONG THE WAY VERY EXPERIANCED RIDERS WILL LOVE THE RIDE TAKE YOUR TIME AND ENJOY THE WHOLE PACKAGE RIDE SAFE AND STRIGHT PEACE

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By Guest
on August 10, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1979

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

Great route! Very scenic and curvy. Definitely watch out for drunk drivers. It's no secret that people drive drunk out there and they often have police check points spring up out of nowhere.

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By Guest
on July 29, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Just completed this trip. Rode from Interstate 64 to Jeff city. Great rode to ride. I Would recommend doing this during the week. I could see how the weekend the road way would get busy with all the wineries along the way.

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By Guest
on July 21, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great winding road,,,smooth, curvy, with scenery around every turn....wine lovers beware, there are more than a handful of wineries who want to tempt you with their culinary tastes, make sure u end up at StoneHill winery , simply the best of the best....very historic little town to cruise around in as well......Daniel Boone's homestead on the route was well worth taking in , good for a little stretching the legs break, all in all,,,one of the best road trips I've encountered on two wheels...the only way to travel........

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By Guest
on September 16, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Caution: Many wineries on the twisty, high speed, and narrow Hwy 94 between Hwy 40 and Augusta, MO make for frequent treacherous encounters with drunk drivers crossing the center line. Great ride for week days or before noon on weekends. Otherwise, I keep clear of this area. For more fearless riders, there are two excellent 'biker bars' in Defiance (not rowdy, good crowd, everyone welcome, frequent live music on weekends).

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