I've been up twice now. I've paid my admission (slightly discounted with a national parks pass), gotten in line, ridden the shaky post-modern pod up through the cavernous metal interior, walked across the crowded summit, and re-descending in the same awkward pod twice now. I had my doubts about the second time, but my companion had never been. And now I know: it's pretty cool once, but not that great on the second time. I won't be back for thirds.
I would not suggest anyone remotely claustrophobic do this ride. When we went up the second time, a woman in our pod started freaking out about the landing outside dropping off, thus removing the ability to escape the pod. The pod is not kind to those who value personal space. You're likely going to be up against a stranger's leg. The arch's summit is always crowded and is more narrow than you would probably expect. Seeing the view requires stretching yourself over a carpeted, angled wall to strain over small windows with five other people. This is not the Space Needle or the Stratosphere.
But you should go at least once. The pods were so cool the first time, and it is a very good view. There is no structure taller than the Arch in St. Louis. They can't be; it's actually a law. Try to go on a weekday, when it's less crowded, and try to get there early.
Be prepared for long waits, especially on the weekend or holidays.
The architecture and view from the top is amazing. Be aware that the pods to ride to the top are very small and if the viewing area at the top is crowded, it can feel very claustrophobic. One of the trams broke down while we were at the top and we were stuck there for about 45 minutes with a lot of people packed.shoulder to shoulder.
It’s Saint Louis landmark, visible from almost everywhere.
Alerted by some tips I didn’t spend the fortune that costs going up, and to be honest, didn’t see anyone looking for the way up (what a contrast with Eifell tower, for instance).
The park is pleasant and the look of town from there very photogenic.
Without a doubt the coolest thing to do in St Louis is the archway. You enter the arch by going under it into the museum. From there, you buy a ticket, and make your way to the elevators. They are actually more accurately described as pods, because they are pretty small, and hold about 6 people each. This can be an issue if you have a large party size, so be aware you might be travelling up at slightly different times. It might also be an issue if you don't like enclosed spaces. Once you are up there (after a short, but rather clunky, loud journey) you get a great view!
Probably to late! Next time walk around the arch grounds/landing. people walk here during lunch. Close walk from downtown.
The Landing has great places to eat. There is a parking lot on the corner of the arch grounds right next to Metro Link. Be sure to check out museum under arch and go way up inside. There are also many things to do down the arch steps rent bikes, boat rides etc.
The Gateway Arch, the city's signature icon, is the first thing that comes to mind about St. Louis. Rising the equivalent of 42 stories above ground, the Arch is an architectural marvel surrounded by a riverfront park and on top of an underground museum. The ride to the top requires piling into a compact pod that I believe has five seats. Each pod elevator travels in a stairstep motion within the curve of the hollow structure. At the top, the view is spectacular. To the west the skyline of downtown St. Louis rises from the urban landscape below. To the east, the Mississippi River fronts your view of the rural landscape of western Illinois.
The group getting their photo taken give an idea of how big the structure is.
You can ride up the arch and look out over the city. Advance reservations can be made at http://www.stlouisarch.com%L
A must do if visiting St. Louis. Yes, you can travel by elevator (more like a pod) to the top of the Arch. Excellent views of the Mississippi and the entire St. Louis area. If you visit there in the summer months, make sure you have reservations. People can be turned down or have a long wait if you don't have them.
•One-hour sightseeing cruises: $13 for adults and youth; $7 for children
•Skyline Dinner cruises: $40 for adults and youth for standard options; $50 for adults and youth for upgraded option, $20 for children's option.
•Lock-N-Dam cruises: $44 for adults, youth, and children
•Oktoberfest cruises: $35 for adults and youth; $15 for children
•Kimmswick cruises: $60.00 for adults, youth and children
(the informacion above is from the web, cuase its the most up to date)
The arch can be rode to the top and the view of the city is the best. A museum at the bottom of the arch grounds is also a thing that you should go into. They have the history of how the arch was built and a film on the construction process that lasts 30 minutes for $5. Very good show; It is interesting showing the building of the arch.
The arch was completed in 1965 and the trams take over 1 million visitors to the top annually. The view up there at 630 feet allows you to see nearly all of the city for 10 miles panorama. The base at bottom is 54 feet. The trams are old but still functioning. The weight is 17,246 pounds, and the measly cost of $13 million has drawn in much more in tourism dollars, which was the point. IN 1935, the idea was formed. Delays to construct the arch led to finally choosing a design done by Eero Saarinen in 1947, but then it took until 1963 to start construction that lasted 2 year to complete. The design was sleek, but a real problem to build and hold steady form collapsing. The outer facing is stainless steel, and the interior is anchored with concrete throughout.
We just drove through St. Louis, so the only thing we did was to go to the top of the arch. It was an interesting adventure to get into a tiny egg-shaped elevator with four other sweaty people. The ride is slow as it moves horizontally and then up toward the observatory at the top.
The top looks like someplace out of a James Bond movie and the view's pretty good.
There is a separate VT space for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Historic Site which includes the Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion. I was just going to write my tips there, but I was afraid they would get overlooked, so I'm writing them for St. Louis too.
This is a Historical site where I could get my National Park passport stamped. After we drove around the whole park, we parked in the garage and walked to the arch. Unfortunately, while I had my cane, I left my Golden Age card and the NPS passport in the car. So I had to get a stamp on a piece of paper, and we also had to pay full price for going up in the arch. The arch is NOT handicapped accessible as there are steps to get down to the visitor's center, and also up to the cars. (photo 4)
The views from the top (photo 2) were amazing, and while we were there some workmen came and opened up the floor and consulted the blueprints (photo 3). We went down in the 12:46 car (takes 3 minutes going down),
Clearly the most famous architectural feature of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch is also part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. According to Wikipedia, the memorial arch was designed by Finnish-American Eero Saarinen and engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. While the arch appears very tall and slender, Wikipedia reports that it is as tall as it is wide at the base--630 feet, and that it is the tallest memorial in the United States. What makes this arch particularly interesting is combination of traditional gateway symbolism of the arch with the seemingly slender elegance and stainless steel exterior. The arch is anchored very securely in a base of concrete and steel, but the top flexes in the wind.
Since we were only in St. Louis for a day and boat cruises were not in operation on a winter day, we decided to explore the monumental Gateway Arch that can be seen from anywhere around downtown St. Louis.
Down the Arch is the Museum of Westward Expansion.
There were interesting exhibitions of how men lived and survived in the 1800s and replicas of the wagon and animals they used. See giant murals of historical figures and read about how Lewis and Clark explored the land. You can explore it for a good 45 minutes or you can decide to take the tram up the arch (for a fee).
Museum Admission is free. Open 9 am - 5pm (Winter) and 8 am - 5pm (Summer).
Without a doubt, St. Louis' most famous structure, icon and tourist attraction is the Gateway Arch. It is beloved by residents and is the symbol of the city. Of course, if you're downtown, you can't avoid seeing the Arch -- every bridge crossing the Mississippi provides a view of it. If you go to a Cardinals game, it's visible over the right field bleechers. It's everywhere.
When I was a child in 1976, I had a chance to take the eevator to the top of the Arch and look down on Busch Stadium. That stadium is gone, but there's a new one it its place and the elevator trip would probably give you a similar view.
The Arch is almost as old as me, being completed sometime around 1964. It symbolizes the Gateway to the frontier, as St. Louis considers itself the starting point for the settlement of the west.