I'll be visiting the States in late October and I have a 6-7 day window when I'm planning to hire a car and explore. I'll be starting and ending in St Louis MO. I'm interested in maybe seeing some autumn colour, interesting small towns, a bit of history ... that kind of thing. Friendly bars, some local music, and good food would be nice ... I won't be geared up for major hiking but some national park walks would also be interesting. I'm a 60 year old woman (not that that means much, except I'll not want to go clubbing EVERY night!) and I'll be travelling alone.
I don't want to drive huge distances in a day - 4 hours would be pretty much maximum and not every day ... maybe follow the Mississippi ... any suggestions for routes would be great. Thanks!