In recent years, the St. Louis region has built an extensive network of biking/hiking trails that run through some of the region's most glorious scenery. But plenty of other outdoor adventures await the intrepid traveler, including ziplines, canoing, horseback riding, paddleboating and parasailing, all designed to quicken your heartbeat and raise those adrenalin levels.
This "rails-to-trails" project runs almost all the way across Missouri and features some spectacular scenery. Since it follows an old railroad line, hills are minimized—great for the novice cyclist.
That first step is a lulu, but this zipline rewards the brave with some of the most breathtaking views in the region.
Nothing quite like saddling up and riding through one of Illinois' most popular state parks—and the views are amazing!
The most spectacular scenery in the region follows the Mississippi River from Alton to Grafton, Illinois, as does this popular bike trail.
Along with the splendid views (including wildlife) on the picturesque Meramec River, you get an outstanding upper-body workout. Don't forget sunscreen!
Separate but largely contiguous biking and hiking trails wind through this 1,300-acre urban greenspace, home to some of the city's best attractions for a very civilized workout.
It's biking...on water! There's a surprising amount of wildlife, including waterfowl, in Forest Park, and a paddleboat cruise may be the best way to see it.
Walk, don't run, through the city's most beautiful 79 acres, an encyclopedic collection of floral pulchritude with a budding surprise around every corner.