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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Washington, Missouri (and Move Here ASAP)

The more I get to know downtown Washington through the blog, the more I grow to love it. As many tourists remark, Washington offers the amenities of a big city, enveloped in its old-fashioned, small town charm. You live in Washington and the area, but you don’t come downtown too often? Here are 10 reasons why you should change that!

1. The Riverfront

There is something about riverfront towns, they have a charm of their own. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and a major waterway of the central United States. Whether you go on the river, or admire it from the bank, you can’t help but feel its flow.

2. The Trains

Steam Trains still go through Washington at least once a year. We also have the Amtrak, which brings many tourists every day. The railroad gives you the opportunity to travel at a slower pace, while admiring some beautiful scenery along the way.

3. The Riverfront Trail

The Riverfront Trail is one of the reasons we moved to Washington. It’s great for walking, jogging or cycling in every season and time of day. Winding along the river and the train tracks, the trail attracts young and old alike with its beautiful majestic trees and scenic bends.

4. The Festivals

The Main Street BBQ and Bluesfest in April, The Fine Art Fair and Winefest in May, the Brewfest, Chili Cook-Off and the Festival of the Arts and Crafts in September, Music at the Market, Sunset on the Riverfront and the Pumpkin Palooza are all fun-filled events that bring lots of people downtown and fill the streets with life.

5. The Corn Cob Pipe Factory

Washington is known as “The Corn Cob Capital of the World.” The Missouri Meerschaum Company is the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of Corn Cob smoking pipes. It has been located in Washington, Missouri since 1869, and it is still operating. These pipes are smoked and loved all over the world as well as being used as souvenirs, often imprinted with the name of the city, business or event.

6. The Shops

Washington has a variety of uniques shops where you can find freshly roasted coffee, delicious fudge, stylish women’s fashions, beautiful local art, great vintage items and antiques, furniture and home decor, and so much more. Nothing beats the personal service.

7. The Restaurants

Downtown Washington has a verity of amazing restaurants, offering delicious food. Try the amazing menu that never disappoints at The Blue Duck, the juicy burgers and crispy fries at the Landing, the delicious salads and steaks at Old Dutch, the yummy wraps and desserts and Joe’s Bakery, the home-cooked breakfast and mouth-watering pie at Cowan’s, the Cowboy Nachos at the Bier Deck, the famous Dairy Delight cheeseburgers, the brain sandwich at Wimpy’s, the amazing sandwiches at Big Boys, or the sashimi plate at Bubba’s Shrimp. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.


8. The Historic Buildings

The town of Washington has 445 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, a state record. The red bricks and ornate designs abound in the downtown area. Washington’s historic charm attracts locals and tourists alike.

9. The Farmers’ Market

From fresh produce and naturally raised pork, to beautiful hand-crafted earrings and scarfs, the Farmer’s Market has it all. Delicious breads, artisan cupcakes, button pins, plants and flowers, organic eggs, photography and greeting cards: one can find everything locally made with lots of care and love.

10. The Community

Washington has a friendly community, always willing to volunteer and be part of the downtown life. Downtown Washington Inc, The Historical Society, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society, the Master Gardeners Club, Friends of the Library, are just some of the local groups you can join and make new friends.

Can you add some more reasons to visit Washington to the list? Feel free to do so in the comment section below! 

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


22 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Washington, Missouri (and Move Here ASAP)”

  1. You could be set down in any suburb in America and see the exact same food chains, storefronts, and businesses, but there is only one down town Washington, Missouri.

    Posted by mike smith | July 10, 2012, 7:18 pm
  2. Love this list! Makes me want to visit again soon.

    Posted by amyleebell | July 10, 2012, 7:20 pm
  3. Wonderful! 🙂

    Posted by Michelle | July 10, 2012, 9:11 pm
  4. I think I once heard/read that more than 30 trains, both freight and passenger, pass through Washington everyday. That’s an awesome, audible and nostalgic hourly reminder of American commerce and travel.

    Posted by Julia | July 10, 2012, 9:46 pm
  5. Kind of makes you want to live downtown.

    Posted by Rodney | July 11, 2012, 12:17 pm
  6. So you accomplished your goal – I want to jump in my car and drive there now!

    Posted by Lisa J. Palmer | July 16, 2012, 9:40 am
  7. You may just meet up Slava’s friendly smile and energetic personality or many other smiling faces. Downtown Washington has a spence of belonging, community and where life is good!

    Posted by Ralph Gildehaus | June 2, 2014, 6:23 am
    • Thank you so much, Ralph! I agree – downtown Washington is amazing, thanks to its wonderful community which I am happy to be a part of! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Posted by Slava | June 3, 2014, 9:45 am
  8. Beautiful! You’ve made me re-appreciate (is that a word??) my own hometown. We have taken our three boys to Washington on the Amtrak a couple of times but we need to be spending more time there. Great job!

    Posted by Gay Schwer | August 21, 2014, 7:58 am
  9. Besides all these reasons and wonderful comments come visit because of our Free live music events( you can ride the train out and back) from St. Louis to enjoy these. Community theatre in the Park, excellent resturants, Fun shops, a great library and Historical museum and a beautiful riverfront to relax and watch the world go by.

    Posted by Tessie | August 21, 2014, 9:48 am
  10. Washington is a unique place where the people care and want to persevere the historic downtown!

    Posted by Shera | July 11, 2015, 1:35 am
  11. Love this Beautiful Town. They have so much to offer and love their shops Downtown.

    Posted by Mary Phillips | July 11, 2015, 6:20 pm
  12. I’m looking to relocate to Washmo within the year and you make me want to jump on a plane and get there NOW lol. Wonderful blog!

    Posted by Nessa Jay (@HiLaLasParty) | August 9, 2015, 9:29 am
  13. I am going there this Friday to do some shopping for Christmas. …first time there, anything that I need to make sure that I don’t miss?

    Posted by Glenda Jones | December 9, 2015, 1:37 pm

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