Missouri May 22, 2017
These 10 Charming Waterfront Towns In Missouri Are Perfect For A Day Trip
There are few places as charming as a Missouri riverfront town. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers were important for the early settlers of Missouri and many of our oldest towns sit on the banks of these impressive rivers. Spend time in one of the many historic riverfront towns or spend the weekend at either of Missouri’s lake communities. The following are 10 of our favorite waterfront towns in Missouri that we think are picture perfect for a day trip.
Herman sits on the Missouri River and is known for its wineries. Herman is also known for their Maifest and Oktoberfest celebrations. Spend a day in town shopping and have dinner at one of the many nice restaurants.
Washington is a popular stop for those wanting to take the train for a Missouri getaway. Many visitors enjoy the architecture of the old homes and business. Washington has recently revitalized their riverfront district which is now home to many new shops and restaurants.
3. St. Charles
St. Charles was the original location for the Missouri state capitol. Founded in 1769, St. Charles' historic downtown district is popular among shoppers and diners. It is also a popular area on weekends for drinks and dancing.
Rocheport is a very small town on the Missouri River. With just over 200 residents, this historic river town is known for its shops, restaurants, and winery. It is also a popular stop for bikers on the Katy Trail.
5. Jefferson City
Jefferson City is Missouri's state capitol. Situated on the Missouri River, you can take a tour of the capitol building, explore the haunted penitentiary, or shop in the historic downtown area. Be sure to see the capitol all lit up at night.
Hannibal is a Mississippi River town famous for being the birthplace of American author, Mark Twain. See Twain's boyhood home and the places that inspired Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hannibal also has some great boutiques and restaurants.
7. Ste. Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve, on the Mississippi River, is Missouri's oldest settlement. Many of the old structures still remain and can be toured. Ste. Genevieve is also home to some wineries and a brewery that are a popular daytrip attraction.
8. Lake of the Ozarks
Lake of the Ozarks is comprised of many different towns. Beautiful homes are nestled into the cliffs around the lake. There are amazing waterfront restaurants to try. On dry land, you can visit a large outlet mall, an indoor theme park, and lots of mini go cart and putt putt golf places. Everyone in your family will have a great time at the lake!
9. St. Joseph
St. Joseph is commonly known for being the start of the Pony Express. In the 1800's, St. Joseph was the last stop before entering the wild west. Today, there are many businesses, restaurants, and museums in the downtown area. The riverfront is also a beautiful park that can be enjoyed year round.
Branson, is surrounded by the White River and Table Rock Lake. Branson is a popular vacation spot in Missouri and has great shopping, entertainment, dinning, and outdoor activities. Take a boat out on Table Rock Lake or shop and dine at The Landing. Branson might be one of Missouri's best waterfront towns.
Have you been to any of these waterfront towns in Missouri? Are you planning to visit any of them this summer? Let us know in the comments below!