Spanning more than 2,000 miles, from southwestern Montana to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers just north of St. Louis, the Missouri River Valley is notable for its rolling topography, forested landscape, and collection of pastoral farms. The area is also home to several wineries and appealing villages, including Hermann, known for its distinct German cultural vibe. Running parallel to the meandering course of the Missouri River, Missouri Route 94 traverses a rumpled landscape with numerous twists and turns, and frequent elevation changes.
Little known outside of Missouri, the valley region is one of the major winemaking areas of the Midwest, and contains some of the oldest vineyards in America. Wines from Missouri began ranking favorably against European varieties at international competitions in the late 19th century. Be sure to stop at one of the vineyards along the way and pick up a bottle or two to store in the saddlebags for later consumption.
Begin this journey in the far western reaches of the St. Louis metropolitan area by exiting I-64 at Route 94 West, then following 94 to US 54 and crossing the river to Jefferson City. The total riding distance is approximately 120 miles. Riders returning to the St. Louis area can either retrace their path on Route 94 or follow routes along the southern banks of the Missouri River, primarily via Route 100, stopping to visit additional villages and vineyards along the way.