Historic at heart, Saint Charles is a picturesque river city on the banks of the Missouri River. It’s home to Missouri's oldest and largest historic district, which offers visitors a fascinating glimpse at early America. Stroll along its brick-paved streets, admire the historic architecture, explore a string of museums and pick up unique souvenirs at the quirky shops.
Tour some of the beautifully preserved historic homes, and eat up a storm at the city’s smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind restaurants. Beyond history, Saint Charles is also home to a world-class casino. Further afield, the rolling hills of Historic Missouri Wine Country are peppered with small towns and award-winning vineyards.
Sitting north-west of St. Louis, the drive to Saint Charles takes around 30 minutes. The city is just 10 minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and offers easy access to major Interstates. Explore the historic town by foot, or jump aboard the Saint Charles Trolley and ride the 30-minute tourist loop.
Saint Charles has been offering visitors a warm Midwestern welcome since 1769. It was founded by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette and was named Les Petites Cotes, or “The Little Hills”. Its riverfront location saw it flourish as a trading centre, and eventually grow into the dynamic city that exists today.