Just west of St Louis, MO sits the quaint little town of St Charles, MO. Settled in 1779, the town is surrounded by the “old” world history with some modern day luxury. Whether you are looking for history, looking for romance, or looking for excitement it can all be found within blocks of each other.
3 Historic Stops of St Charles
Saint Charles served as Missouri’s first seat if government between 1821 and 1826, the First Missouri State Capital is located on South Main Street St. Charles, MO. In 1820, St Charles Missouri became the first capital of Missouri, while our permanent Capitol of Jefferson City, MO was completed. The Historic building is free to visit, but guided tours are available for a small fee. The first floor of this building originally housed Peck Bros. Dry Goods Store and residence and the second floor was divided and used Senate and House chambers, an office for the governor, and a small committee room. Today the building is restored and furnished to look as it did in the early 1800’s.
“When you shook a bush, out popped a Boone” that is what folks from Daniel Boone’s hometown use to say. Easy to understand considering that him and his wife Rebecca had 11 children and 70 grandchildren…that’s several mouths to feed. See how the Boone family lived, the home that Daniel Boon and his son Nathan built in 1799 visit Historic Daniel Boone Home & Boonefield Village. Tours are available for a small fee check here for schedule and information on tours.
Rediscover Lewis and Clark at the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center. The nature center and museum is loaded with history, full-size replicas of boats used by Lewis & Clark, and the Trading Post full of unique gifts. Visit the Boat House located on the lower level of the museum and learn what kind of equipment they used to navigate and discover this area. Find information on tours, admission fee, and special events here.
Other historical sites in St Charles, MO include the Frenchtown Heritage Museum & Research Center, St Charles County Historical Society, and St Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park.
Cash on some Excitement
While history has been made, in St Charles, MO you can make your own history today. Maybe you won’t be the big winner, but you can make some FUN memories.
St Charles, MO is home to Ameristar Casino and Resort Spa. Ameristar consist of 397-suite luxury hotel, Ara Spa, pools, Conference Center, 7 dining venues, 9 bars, and inside the casino including 2,700 plus slots and 70 table games.
Enjoy the Katy Trail State Park inside St Charles, MO, rather you want a long ride, or just a chance to say that you have road on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a 237-mile trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri; this scenic trail is great for bikers of all ages.
Romance the Day Away in the Wine Country of St Charles, MO
You can begin your wine tour here, or just spend the day among one of the wineries located in Historic Missouri Wine Country. Many of the wines are locally produced and some of the finest wines of the Midwest.
Sit & Stay a While
e Bed & Breakfasts and historical accommodations. The list of B&B’s is longer than I can write, but you are sure to find the perfect place to make your escape from reality to the beautiful St Charles, MO.
If a Bed & Breakfast is not your style; sitting amongst the historical district of St Charles is the Country Inn & Suites. The hotel is walking distance from many of the shops, restaurant, and Katy Trail.
To get the in and out, and all the things you want to know about St Charles Missouri visit their tourism website.
Have an Adventurous Day!
Becky is the Missouri Traveling Mom, her blog site is Adventures Among Us. She not only shares a unique passion for traveling with her family, but traveling in Missouri. For more of Becky’s adventures find her on facebook Adventures Among Us, or follow her on Twitter @BeckyAdventure.
**Disclosure: Photos Provided by Greater Saint Charles CVB
**Disclosure on my visit to St Charles, I was offered a discount rate at my hotel, a big thank you to them, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.