Travelers heading west on Highway 94 toward Augusta can first stop near Defiance to tour the Historic Daniel Boone Home (pictured above). A village that includes the two-story stone house, a general store, a schoolhouse, and a gristmill gives a glimpse into Missouri frontier life.
For those looking for outdoor adventures, 250-acre Klondike Park just east of Augusta offers trails, camping, and fishing. America’s longest rails-to-trails project, the scenic Katy Trail State Park, passes through Augusta and is ideal for biking, hiking, and running.
Once in town, stroll Walnut and Locust streets, where most of Augusta’s storefronts are located, and stop at the visitors center for friendly tips and brochures. Meander over to the Sehrt House Museum on Webster Street to learn more about Augusta’s founding, German immigration, and the roles the area played in the Civil War and Prohibition. Carpenter and casket-maker August Sehrt built this split-level brick home in 1861.
Of course, no trip to Augusta is complete without a stop at one of the wineries in and around town, including Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Noboleis Vineyards (pictured at top), Montelle Winery, and Mount Pleasant Estates. A substantial new project that’s in the concept phase is slated to augment the wineries. The Hoffmann Family of Companies has been purchasing property and buildings in the area and is developing plans that could include a hotel, nine-hole golf course, restaurant, and more.