Staying long or passing through, put St. Charles on your list of cities to visit while taking a road trip! Starting a new adventure is as easy as taking a step out your front door. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should join St. Charles, Missouri in celebrating the joys of taking a road trip.


Daniel Boone Home1. Take a Step Back in Time

St. Charles, Missouri is known for its historic importance as a location for famous figures such as Lewis and Clark, Louis Blanchette, and Daniel Boone. Founded in 1769, originally named Les Petites Cotes (“The Little Hills”), St. Charles has been home to historic houses and streets for multiple generations. See the original building of Missouri's First State Capitol or the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Museum and travel back to the 1800s.


Katy Trail Bikes2. Put a Check on Your Nature Bucket List

Missouri holds one of the longest-developed rail-to-trail projects in the country, and its home is in St. Charles! Join the millions who have walked along the 237-mile-long Katy Trail State Park and experience all the route has to offer. With 26 trailheads and four fully restored railroad depots, there is always something new to experience from any point along the trail. Stops and shops also make it easy to enjoy the scenery with a hometown twist.


Mount Pleasant Wine Country3. Enjoy a Glass in Wine Country

Historic Missouri Wine Country is home to beautiful wineries and restaurants meant to relax anyone in need of some “me time.” Whether you are wanting to sip on a glass of Pinot Rose at Defiance Ridge Vineyards or simply take in the vast landscapes at Noboleis Vineyards, the rolling hills of St. Charles County is the perfect locale for any traveler.


Joy's Collective Market4. Show Support for Locally Made Businesses 

With over 125 shops, supporting local businesses is easier than ever. St. Charles is home to so many one-of-a-kind shops that you might want to extend your trip. Books, clothing, antiques, and so much more can be found throughout Historic Main Street and neighboring districts such as Frenchtown, St. Charles and Newtown, St. Charles. The possibilities are endless, and every store will be so happy you’re here!


SugarBot Creamery Food5. Dig Into Food You Won't Find Anywhere Else

What’s a road trip without road trip food? Here in St. Charles, the selection is endless as all local restaurants strive to make a happy, and full customer. Quick bites and sit-down restaurants are scattered all around St. Charles City and County making it easier than ever to find something the whole family will like. From American to Italian, from city food to country food, St. Charles, Missouri has it all.