Washington, MO

Welcome to Washington, MO

Your destination any time of year!

Take a short detour from the Katy Trail to discover Washington. This four-mile trek will grant you more than lush scenery and river views, you'll also find yourself in the vicinity of 40+ vineyards. Washington is known as the "heart" of wine country and has a food scene to match. After you're done sampling varietals, sample some local culture at one of the town's many art galleries. 


Washington, Missouri has small town charm and big city amenities…offering both downhome and uptown experiences. This river city sits in the Heart of Missouri Wine Country, just 45-minutes west of St. Louis off I-44 or I-70.  Don’t forget that Washington also has daily AMTRAK Missouri River Runner stops!


Amtrak is a great mode of transportation to and from Washington and is the perfect way to facilitate a ride along the Katy Trail as well. Bring your bike on the train, take a quick ride across the dedicated pedestrian path on the bridge, and you can connect to the Katy Trail and bike to another of your favorite destinations!

To Sip

Washington can be your hub for both the Hermann and Augusta Wine Trails. With dozens of wineries to choose from, there is no doubt that you will find one to fall in love with. With its lodging, dining, shopping, art and history, Washington is the perfect place to call “home” while visiting these designated American Viticulture Areas. 

To Eat

While you’re there, enjoy any of the wonderful dining options. Washington has a variety of cuisine options to choose from; many popular eateries are located in historic buildings with riverfront views. Don’t miss the opportunity to finish off your dining experience with a one-of-a-kind ice cream masterpiece from our local Main Street Creamery who has been credited by “Best Restaurants in St. Louis” on Facebook!

To Shop:

Whether you choose a quick day trip or decide to make a weekend out of it, be sure to visit the lively downtown district. From clothing boutiques, home décor, and even an olive oil and balsamic tasting room, there is something for everyone! 


Spring through winter, Washington is host to many events, including the BBQ & Bluesfest, Art Fair & Winefest, Cajun Festival, Washington Town & Country Fair, Brewfest, Fall Festival of the Arts and Crafts, Pumpkin Palooza, Holiday Parade of Lights, and Olde Fashioned Christmas. April through October, outdoor music events are offered twice each month. While visiting, make sure to take a stroll on our scenic riverfront trails or relax under our riverfront pavilion along the Missouri River. 


All four seasons can be enjoyed to the fullest with Washington’s landscaping and cleanliness; so, bring your camera to capture the beauty that is Washington. While you’re at it, join the #washmomural club by taking a picture with the beautiful “Welcome to Washington” mural downtown. Post your picture with #washmomural included in your caption to be featured on Visit Washington, MO social media platforms!


East Central College (Union, MO)
1964 Prairie Dell Rd.
Union, MO 63084

Central Methodist University (Union, MO)
1964 Prairie Dell Rd.
Union, MO 63084

Missouri Baptist University (Union, MO)
39 Silo Dr.
Union, MO 63084

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Local Transit & Amtrak Arrival Times

Franklin | OATS Transit
EB: 1:03 PM, 8:19 PM
WB: 9:21 AM, 4:11 PM

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A mural of Washington on a wall.