Saint Charles Travel Guide
this old house
this old house
in the lovely shade
teriyaki burger and grilled corn
A unique historical perspective
Enjoy the story of Lewis & Clark in this...
Paved Brick Streets, Gas Lights, River Boats, Restored Buildings, Upscale Shops
maybe too many "country charm" shops and ice cream parlors
In a nutshell
Nice place to spend a day enjoying history and shopping.
Antiques, restaurants, shops & more!
We enjoyed ambling down the brick paved streets in St. Charles. One street over, Riverside Drive follows the Missouri River. This is a unique town and very, very pleasant. There are many Cottages housing Colonial Furniture, Home Decor & Gardening items.We ate lunch at Lewis...
See the Frontier Park & Katy Depot along the river
There is plenty of parking along Riverside Drive the street that lines the Missouri River. This is a good place for a stroll through the Frontier Park to see the Katy Depot and the Lewis & Clark Statue.
Visit Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Nature Center
The exhibits in this museum gave us a sample of the exciting expedition of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Our tour included a good 15 minute movie. We also saw a display about St. Charles, the oldest city along the Missouri River. Four model buildings show...
The Largest Historic District in Missouri
I've never been in another town that had such a LONG main street (10 blocks); I've never been in another town with so many restored houses and buildings (88 restored buildings dating from 1790 to the late 1800s.)I've never been in another town that had so many QUALITY craft...
Statue of San Carlos Borromeo
He's the dude the city and county of St. Charles is named after.St. Carlos Borromeo (1538-1584) was an Italian priest who worked with the poor and the sick in his home city of Milano. He became one the favorite saints of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and was much...
Garden Cafe a la Fleur: Lovely place for "Al Fresco"
Lovely place for a pleasant light lunch on a spring day - with indoor seating for those thunderstormy days as well. Attentive and cheerful service - I had ice tea, and the server did excellent duty in keeping my glass full! Right on S. Main Street in the historic center.
Lewis & Clark's American Restaurant: Try the Spicy Creole Gumbo
We had the Spicy Creole Gumbo with a House Salad. The Gumbo was spicy and good.This combo came with some hot bread. My cousin who took us to this place had the French Dip, a sandwich with sliced prime rib and cheese. All of this was very good. Our server was attentive and...
River City Coffee & Tea: Coffee on Main Street
A popular place for visitors to St. Charles, this coffee shop also seems to attract many bicyclists who need a "jolt of joe" before setting out to pedal the KATY trail.
We went gambling at the...
We went gambling at the 'riverboat' Station casino. Time flies in this place. It was our first time to gamble.
Written Oct 4, 2002
Take a trolley ride through St. Charles
This trolley travels the 10 block 200 year old Main Street with more than 125 shops, antique stores and restaurants.
Written Nov 11, 2007
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- Historical Travel
The Garage on Main Street: Cool Diecast Model cars, like on TV
I have been in this store a bunch of times. They have a ton of the 1/18 scale diecast model cars. The first two I bought were the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee and the KNight Rider Kitt car. All of their car models are very detailed and very close to the real thing only...
Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center
This is certainly not what I expect to find in a nature center. The displays are made of plastic, the animals are plastic or stuffed, and there's not a living thing in sight. This a private museum created by local enthusiasts, but it falls short of professional standards of curatorship. References to Native Americans are slighting; background information about pre-Columbian America is lacking. If you are interested in Lewis & Clark history, you'd be much better off going to the St. Louis Historical Society in Forest Park, or crossing the Mississippi into Illinois to visit Camp River Dubois near Alton.
Written Jul 22, 2004
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- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
St. Joseph Health Center - medical building
This faceless soul-less structure is just a block away from historic Main Street, and across the street from the historic St. Charles County Courthouse. Even the County Jail has windows!
What a Classy Town Saint Charles Is!
We knew that Saint Charles was a wonderful town filled with quaint shops, good restaurants, historic buildings, brick streets, gas lamps, and unique museums. But, we had never seen such a beautiful elevated Gazebo with steps leading to it and surrounded by black wrought iron...
Little Red Caboose
I miss cabooses.The word caboose is from Middle Dutch, _kabuys_, meaning cabin house or ship's galley.
St Charles RR Depot
Some interesting exhibits here about the history of the railroads in St. Charles County. It's very appropriate that this is one of the major "trailheads" for the KATY trail - one of America's most successful "rail-to-trail" projects, stretching almost 200 miles across...
Missouri River at St. Charles
As the Missouri River approaches its merger with the Mississippi, it takes a final "big bend" about 20 miles west of St. Louis. As it passes St. Charles, it is actually flowing northward.
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