Just west of St. Louis you’ll find Saint 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, Saint Charles grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for a young America. For more than 250 years, the people of Saint Charles have labored lovingly to preserve and share our treasured river heritage. 

A destination for millions of visitors each year, Saint Charles history comes alive to welcome you. Explore our historic Main Street, with 14 blocks of dining, shopping, and accommodations. Try your luck at one of the area’s largest casinos. Take in arts and culture when you visit the city’s Foundry Art Centre. Bike or hike the country’s largest rail to trail project, the KATY Trail. Indulge your taste buds with a culinary adventure, form hand roasted coffee, to hand churned ice cream and everything in between.

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Discover the rolling hills of the country’s very first AVA in Historic Missouri Wine Country. And enjoy our incredible line-up of events, festivals, and live music, but most of all, soak in our genuine hospitality. 

We’re historically awesome, rich in culture, and down-right abundant with playful experiences. Make memories in the midst of our illustrious history. Saint Charles, Missouri, a little mysterious – a lot of fun.