THE GREAT NORTHWEST 106 MILES • Hwy 136; Rtes 148, 246, 46, C
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Worth County Lake. Or, if you’re interested in total body immersion, dive into the Grant City Pool, open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Take Route 46 east out of Grant City to Allendale, where you’ll connect to Route C south. Just when you start thinking this is the straightest road you’ve ever been on, it’ll throw you a couple of sharp turns that take you to the banks of East Fork Grand River. Follow Route C into Albany, and sit down for a slice of pie at Poppa’s Family Restaurant. Take Highway 136 west out of Albany to the town of Stanberry. Highway 136 turns right on West Fourth Street and proceeds west until the town of Conception, where it turns back to the north. At Ravenwood, the highway turns back west, over the Platte River and into Maryville. Now that you’re back, stay awhile. Grab a brew and listen to some live music at The Pub. Or have a burger and watch the game at Carson’s Sports Grille.
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NO, YOU WON’T NEED your snowshoes for this route, unless you go in the dead of winter. Then, we make no guarantees. This route resides in the extreme northwest portion of the state—ergo its name—and nearly kisses the Missouri-Iowa border at its northernmost point. Start in Maryville, the county seat of Nodaway County and home of Northwest Missouri State University. You’re going to end here, too, so we’ll tell you about all the hot spots in a bit. From Maryville, head north on Route 148. It’s a fairly straight ride through the Missouri prairie. You might find yourself channeling the spirits of the American Indians who once rode horseback through this land. At Hopkins, turn east on Route 246. It’ll cut sharply south before turning back east just before Sheridan. If you enjoy a road with more turns, you’re about to get your wish. At Grant City, take a few minutes to cool your toes in
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Colden Pond, Maryville