Historic St. Charles, Missouri - Main Street

Historic St. Charles, Missouri – Main Street

St. Charles, Missouri is home to the first Missouri State Capitol building, charming downtown streets, modern amenities and boasts more than a million visitors per year. Originally named “The Little Hills” by French Canadians, this popular community was later renamed after Lewis & Clark expanded their expedition to the west. In nearby Defiance, MO, Daniel Boone built his homestead, property that would later become the gateway to the Oregon and the Santa Fe Trails.

Learn More About the History of St. Charles at the
Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum

St. Charles History

In years past, German settlers brought a variety of cuisine and wine to St. Charles, Missouri. Residents worked to preserve homes and buildings later during the 20th century. Their efforts to maintain the rich history and architecture of the community are evident throughout the town. A variety of restaurants and wineries are located around the area as well – each offering a long-list of tasty options to suit any palate.

From Green Tree Inn of Elsah, IL St. Charles can be reached by using the Grafton Ferry on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays-Thursdays the Brussels Ferry and the Golden Eagle Ferry will help you get there.



Shopping, Dining, Culture and more

Plan a Girls Only Getaway where unique stores and boutiques abound for apparel, antiques & furniture, art galleries, photography, crafts, jewelry and more.

Enjoy the downtown shoppes and take in the beauty of this historical community. St. Charles is the ideal destination for nearly every occasion.

For unique Coffee and Sweets, St. Charles offers cafes such as Picasso’s Coffee, and Crooked Tree Coffee House. Dessert stops like the Sucrose BakerySugar Bot Sweet Shop, and Kilwins can complete your trip with a delicious treat.


The St. Charles, Missouri Trolley service is a great way to get around this historic town during your visit. The Trolley operates 7 days per week ad is wheelchair accessible. The Trolley can be a convenient way to explore everything St. Charles has to offer. Learn More