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Heartland Getaway: Do you know the way to Santa Fe?

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The way to Santa Fe starts just north of the Heartland along Interstate 70. It is a quick trip north to St. Louis and then west to Boonville, Missouri where the Santa Fe Trail starts its southwest journey.

The town is a great overnight getaway. Filled with small shops and restaurants, the town is full of wonderful history for the whole family.

Make sure you bring your bike. The Katy Trail crosses the Missouri River here on a dedicated bike path.

The town started near a salt lick which was used by the sons of Daniel Boone. There was also a ferry to transport people and goods across the river. In 1821 the first traders headed west to Santa Fe. They were followed by a rush of settlers who wanted to create a new life in the southwest. The town served as a jumping off point until the railroads took over in the 1880s.

The Katy Trail, which is one of the longest continuous bike paths in the United States, follows the old railroad bed from St Charles to Clinton, Missouri. It is about 157 miles from St. Charles and 40 miles from the terminus in Clinton. The trail follows the Missouri River until Boonville. The path is used by cyclists who are retracing the route of Lewis and Clark along the river.

Just a short distance down Highway 41 west of Boonville is Arrow Rock.

The city, which is on a hill that overlooks the Missouri River valley, is entirely a state park filled with antique stores and other buildings of historical significance.

So if you are traveling down I-70 and need a break, these two central Missouri towns are worth the stop.

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