Just west of St. Louis you’ll find St. Charles, a river city with a unique historical perspective, beautiful sites, friendly people and a pace just a little slower than that of the big city. Founded as Les Petites Cotes – The Little Hills, by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette, St Charles grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for a young America.
Thousands passed through on their journeys westward, replenishing supplies before departing into new territory. St. Charles is a source of historical encounter: the Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, Missouri’s First State Capitol, origin of the Boone’s Lick Trail, and home to Daniel Boone.
Step back in history as you stroll along the brick paved streets of Historic Main Street to visit unique shops, explore a museum, or discover a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a tasty treat. Ride the Saint Charles Trolley and discover the unique architecture of Frenchtown, the Streets of St. Charles – a dynamic new development with shopping, dining, night life, and entertainment, and the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa – with eclectic dining, casino excitement, a luxury hotel, and the Ara Spa. While you’re here, be sure to visit Historic Missouri Wine County in St. Charles County. Featuring over a dozen award winning wineries, the country’s very first AVA in Augusta, and the Historic Daniel Boone Home.
The people of St. Charles have labored lovingly to preserve and share its treasured river heritage. A destination for almost one million visitors each year St. Charles history comes alive to welcome you.
Welcome to St. Charles, experience the charm and beauty of a city that has been welcoming visitors since 1769.