Saint Charles

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Saint Charles is located on the Missouri River, and it is a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. When Lewis and Clark's expedition passed through in 1804, they considered it "the last civilized stop" on their westward journey.

St. Charles is one of Missouri's oldest cities and is frequently ranked as one of the best small towns in the state. It was founded in 1979 by a French-Canadian fur trader in the 18th century and served as the state's first capital.

In the present day, Main Street in St. Charles is lined with several beautifully restored historic buildings that have been transformed into boutiques and restaurants. You can also walk the Katy Trail or visit Historic Missouri Wine Country, where you can sample award-winning wines, admire breathtaking vineyard views, and dine on delectable cuisine.

The St. Louis Zoo, the Art Museum, the Science Center, and the Missouri History Museum are all located in Forest Park, which hosted the 1904 World's Fair. You can also attend a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium and visit the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is lush and well-known to tourists.