20 Reasons We Love Missouri
Louisiana's small-town charm
Perhaps it's the Mississippi River that gives such an aura of permanence to Louisiana, Missouri (population 3,800; 83 miles northwest of St. Louis). Its thoroughfares have been called some of the most intact Victorian streetscapes in the state, and its antebellum-style Georgia Street Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Spending time in Louisiana might mean fishing or boating on the river, strolling the streets to see the 20 murals around town, cruising the 50 Miles of Art corridor (50milesofart.com), or visiting the ASL Pewter Foundry (left), which gained acclaim for the 500-plus authentic pewter articles it produced for the HBO biopic John Adams. (573) 754-3435; aslpewter.com
The Great River Road Scenic Byway (byways.org) links Louisiana to Clarksville (population 500) and other Mississippi River communities.