In order to make the most of your time while visiting St. Charles, IL, it's a good idea to have a plan of what you want to see and do while you're here. The St. Charles Business Alliance has put together a variety of different itineraries created around different interests that you may have, and different lengths of time you're excepting to stay. They are filled with fantastic dining options, popular activities, and other things to do around town! Here are some itineraries that will help you plan the perfect trip to St. Charles, IL.
Before you get started, it's important to make sure that you've downloaded the Travel St. Charles App. The Travel St. Charles app is the ideal resource to find everything that's going on in this city. Even though there are plenty of activities listed in these itineraries, there are many more restaurants, events and tools (like the parking feature that shows the location of all the parking lots downtown) that you'll want to take advantage of while you're in town. Click here to download the Travel St. Charles app.
Photos Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District, The Office Dining & Spirits, and the St. Charles Business Alliance
Only staying in town for a day? Not to worry. Our 1 Day Stay Itinerary will help you make the most of your 24 hours in St. Charles. Indulge in the incredible dining options listed, including The Office Dining & Spirits or Smitty's on the Corner, and soak up some sun during a round of mini-golf or while you're admiring all the art throughout Mt. St. Mary Park. Once you've finished this itinerary, you'll find yourself eager to come back for longer!
Photos Courtesy of Brigette Burgman Photography, and Brunch Cafe
Planning on spending a full weekend in St. Charles? Read up on our Weekend Stay Itinerary! For this multiple day trip, you'll need to start by booking a room at one of the 11 hotels to choose from in this city, such as the historic Hotel Baker. This is also a great opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful Fox River by renting a pedal boat or kayak and grabbing mouthwatering dishes from restaurants like the Graceful Ordinary and Brunch Cafe.
Photos Courtesy of Brigette Burgman Photography and Wahlburgers
One of the many things that make St. Charles so wonderful is the incredible food scene. So, why not spend a weekend trying to taste as much as you can? Our Foodie Frenzy Itinerary will guide you in finding some of the tastiest of restaurants that this city has to offer. Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast from Alexander's Cafe. For lunch, stop by Wahlburgers to try one of their signature burgers (and maybe even run into Donnie), or taste the flavors of pho soup at Pho 95. If you're in the mood for some pizza, Gia Mia has great wood-fired pizza that will help you end your night on a high-note.
Photos Courtesy of 93 Octane Brewery, D&G Brewing, Riverlands Brewing, and The Wine Exchange
Along with all the outstanding cuisines that this city has to offer, St. Charles is also a top destination for lovers of beer and wine. Our Beer & Wine Lovers Itinerary is the best way to make sure you visit all the excellent spots to grab a drink! Try one of (or all of) the six well-known breweries such as 93 Octane Brewery, Riverlands Brewing, or D&G Brewing. Want to relax and sip on some wine? The Wine Exchange is a perfect place to have a glass while snacking on gourmet boards and dips. Need a challenge on this trip? Take part in the Brew Tour Challenge on the Travel St. Charles app and win an exclusive Brew Tour t-shirt.
Photos Courtesy of Pinot's Palette, Sage Healing Collective, Eden Restaurant & Events, and Town House Cafe
Have a desire to get a way for a girl's weekend? St. Charles is a wonderful place to spend some time with your friends, and planning that trip is easy with our Girl's Weekend Itinerary. Relax with activities such as getting a massage at Sage Healing Collective, or create your very own masterpiece while sipping on a glass of wine at Pinot's Palette. Eat out at some fantastic spots, such as Townhouse Cafe, or overlook the river with some Mediterranean cuisine at Eden Restaurant & Events.
Photos Courtesy of Kimmer's, Brigette Burgman Photography, Charlestowne 18, and Riverside Pizza
St. Charles is a terrific destination to take the whole family! If you are trying to find activities for everyone, look no further than our Family Friendly Itinerary! This itinerary is loaded with activities that kids and adults will both enjoy, including catching the newest film at Charlestowne 18, or spending an afternoon at Pottawatomie Park. Cool off with a sweet treat at Kimmer's Ice Cream and then grab a slice of cheesy goodness at Riverside Pizza.
Photos Courtesy of Larimar Med, Brigette Burgman Photography, and Kava Diem
Sometimes the best types of trips are the ones where you can just relax. Kick back and read up on our Wellness Weekend Itinerary to find ways that you can stay soothed in St. Charles. Unwind with a massage from Larimar Med, or sit back and enjoy a show at one of the city's first-class theatres, such as the Steel Beam Theatre. Don't forget to admire the exquisite nature around St. Charles by taking a paddlewheel boat ride, and refuel with a healthy, sustainable meal at Kava Diem.
Photos Courtesy of Brigette Burgman Photography and Throwback Sports Bar
Our Sports Adventure Itinerary is a "touchdown" of a guide for all sports enthusiasts headed to St. Charles. Play a round of golf right by the Fox River to try and shoot under par at the Pottawatomie Golf Course. After you've hit that hole-in-one, hop on the water by renting a kayak! Is there a big game on at night that you just can't miss? Catch the game at Throwbacks Sports Bar or Flagship on the Fox to catch all the action while making those taste buds happy.
Read up on all the complete itineraries to make sure you don't miss a thing while you're having an unforgettable experience in St. Charles, IL.