27 Things to do in St. Louis

We know how overwhelming it can be to plan your day out when you visit a new city, so we did it for you. Here are the best places to grab a meal, see artwork, shop, and enjoy the Gateway City.


Dodging Barges, Hallucinating, and Lost on the Big Muddy: Inside the MR340

Hundreds of paddlers from around the world will undertake the MR340 in September, a grueling 340-mile race on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles. Get a taste for the adventure from these veteran competitors, and pick a point along the river to watch.


July 11, 1739

Birthday of Louis Blanchette who founded St. Charles in 1769.


June 27, 1825

George Sibley and his party departed from St. Charles on this day to survey what would become the Santa Fe Trail.


June 22, 1884

The riverboat Montana wrecked on the St. Charles bridge.


May 29, 1871

The notorious St. Charles Bridge opened across the Missouri River. It was the scene of several collapses, train wrecks, and riverboat sinkings.  


March 9, 1804

In St. Charles and St. Louis flag raising ceremonies were conducted recognizing the new American sovereignty.


August 31, 1793

This is the day that "Le Chasseur," the hunter, Louis Blanchette died. He had earlier established a trading post that he called Les Petite Cotes, or Village of Little Hills. Under the Spanish, the name was changed to San Carlos but the Americans call it St. Charles.


August 9, 1834

The road from St. Louis to St. Charles was declared a public road on this date. It was laid out in 1772. In 1865 it was improved with a rock surface and has been known as St. Charles Rock Road ever since.


3 Missouri Lighthouses You Can Visit (And 1 You Can’t)

As a landlocked state, Missouri isn’t exactly a hub for lighthouses. Yet there are a few places within our borders to experience these iconic pieces of nautical life. All of Missouri’s lighthouse structures are ornamental, but they still o„ffer up interesting history, a study in architecture, great views, or at the very least, a fun photo-op.