Spring is a great time to go for a drive. As the day gets longer, color starts to return to our landscape. On the prairie, the big sky gets bigger as gray clouds of winter start to lift. Along the rolling wooded hills, hints of light green, white and lavender remind us that summer is just around the corner. Freedom’s Frontier has some scenic and historic roads that are just the cure for winter’s cabin fever. Explore some of the state and federally designated byways below or use our online map to chart your own course through Freedom’s Frontier! The Frontier Military Historic Byway travels through Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami, Linn, Bourbon, Crawford and Cherokee counties in Kansas. The byway follows the Military Trail, which was originally built to move soldiers and supplies along the border between Missouri and Permanent Indian Territory in the mid-19th century. The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway travels through Kansas’s Leavenworth and Atchison counties and follows along the Missouri River. It provides glimpses of beautiful landscape left behind by ancient glaciers.
Explore Wabaunsee County, Kansas, on the Native Stone Scenic Byway. Kansas limestone is on display along the byway both in natural formation and as a building material for historic buildings and fences. Travel through Cherokee County, Kansas, on the Historic Route 66 Byway. Drive over many of the original structures of America’s “Mother Road.” Cliff Drive Scenic Byway is an historic gem among Kansas City, Missouri’s Parks and Boulevard System. This four mile drive along the bluffs of the Missouri River is closed to motor traffic on the weekends. Cliff Drive is also part of the Spirit of Kansas City Regional Scenic Byway.
Discover the historic appeal of the Old Trails Road Scenic Byway in Lafayette County, Missouri. This beautiful drive runs follows the Missouri River and is an historic route used by American Indians, fur traders, westward pioneers, Civil War troops, coal miners, farmers and motorists. While you’re in Lafayette County, extend your trip along the Show-Me Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway along Highway 24. This route parallels an old section of the Santa Fe Trail and includes beautiful views of rolling hills and antebellum homes.
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