St. Charles,Missouri is located just outside of St. Louis on the bank of the Missouri River. It was Missouri's first state capital and was one of the first stops by Lewis and Clark on their journey to explore the Louisiana Territory. Its historic Main Street has largely been restored to it's 1812 era and is lined with shops selling artwork, handicrafts, home decorations, and antiques. There is also a multitude of restaurants.
The city's historic district and casino are easily accessible on foot from the public parking garage on North Second St. next to the courthouse. Parking on Main Street itself is often difficult to find during the day, but lots on either side of this strip are usually free and open outside of special events. Little public transportation is available, but horse-drawn carriages make an enjoyable, if not entirely practical, way to visit the historic area.
City Club Tavern, corner of First Capitol and Main Street. Loud, smoky watering hole for locals lacking anything in the way of class or style. An increasingly popular hangout for twenty-somethings looking for a bargain. Bands play on some Friday nights and pool is free in the back. $2 domestic bottles. $3 specialty. $7 pitchers. Open till 1:30AM. Cash only.
Hampton Inn St. Louis/St. Charles, 3720 West Clay Street, Saint Charles, Missouri, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. Located minutes from the historic downtown St. Charles. Features free hot breakfast daily, free high-speed internet, fitness center and more.edit
Embassy Suites St. Charles, Two Convention Center Plaza, ☎ 636-946-5544, . Located in the heart of the historic district and connected to the new 150,000 sq ft Saint Charles Convention Center, the hotel is ideal for business or pleasure.edit
Quality Inn & Suites St Charles, 1425 South Fifth Street, St. Charles, Missouri 63301, ☎ 636-946-6936, . checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. The Quality Inn & Suites St. Charles is located in St. Charles, Missouri and offers pet-friendly accommodations and services including an indoor swimming pool. edit
St. Charles County is filled with things to see and do. The Missouri Weinstrasse, State Highway 94, offers a lovely drive through the Missouri wine country, with many wineries to visit and scenic overlooks as it winds its way through hills and valleys and quaint villages along the Missouri River. The Daniel Boone Home and Village is nearby with tours for the public. The August Busch Conservation Area, just minutes from down town St. Charles offers a multitude of lakes for fishing, hiking trails, a shooting range and a nature museum.
Troy is a short drive from St. Charles and offers many place to shop and eat as well as Cuivre River State Park. The State Park offers acres and acres of hiking, fishing, hunting and swimming.