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St. Louis Arch
Come on, it's the arch. What would a trip to St. Louis be without seeing the arch. It's the defining landmark of the city. It lies right along the Mississippi River waterfront and you can visit the park surrounding it. Of course, if you want a good picture of it, you'll have to take it from the Illinois side of the river. Likewise, you can take the 'elevator' to the top, which is pretty neat. You get a nice view of the city below (like the picture here).
Alton, Illinois was someplace...
Alton, Illinois was someplace on my list as well. One night we watched the Discovery Channel and they featured a piece on the bridge in Alton, Illinois that dealt with the design of the bridge. Seeing it at night is truly a beautiful sight! We TRIED to go to Fast Eddies BonAire in Alton, but it was way too crowded, so we left. The food there is cheaply priced and it is a bar, so parents, children are not welcomed. We were by ourselves on this trip and were looking to have a little fun, which I am sure that you could have at this establishment, but the particular night that we went was just too many people to contend with. We opted that night to wet our whistle at Chevy's Fresh Mex.
You have to go to the arch! ...
You have to go to the arch! If you are clausterphobic as I am, you may not like the ride up, BUT the view from the arch is incredible! I was glad I suffered the ride. The picture I am attaching is of the space you go through to get on the 'elevator'.
You can't go to St Louis and...
You can't go to St Louis and not see the arch! It's huge!
The graceful, stainless steel curve of the Gateway Arch which stands 630 feet above the Mississippi River has become the internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis. Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965, the structure's stainless steel sheathing provides a glimmering reflection of sunrise and sunset along the Mississippi.
The museum within the arch dedicated to Western Expansion/Lewis and Clark is spectacular.
It was during my boyhood trip...
It was during my boyhood trip in the 70's that we went to the arch. To enter you go down a flight of stairs under the arch. There is a museum under the arch. We rode up in an elevator. I had heard stories that the arch would sway a little in the wind but did not notice it. There are good views from the arch of the boats on the river and of the city laid out before you. I don't think a trip to St. Louis is complete without visiting the great arch.
You've got to go to the St....
You've got to go to the St. Louis Arch, it is cool. Also one of the great things is the only floating McDonald's in the world. One night my friend and I were there and we saw a group of men who had took over a gas station parking lot to show off their Hydros and stereos. The street was used for guys on their motorcyles, where they showed off. Cool!
It was a little nerve wreaking riding up in the elevator to the top, but when on top of the Arch it was awesome.
The Gateway Arch: Built in...
The Gateway Arch: Built in 1964, St. Louis honored President Jefferson by opening the GATEWAY ARCH as a monument to his vision of a continental United States. The soaring Arch, the Museum of West-ward Expansion and the Old Courthouse make up the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a National Park Service site.
Soaring up to 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is a portal to adventure. Take the tram ride to the top for a magnificant view of the mighty Mississippi and its sorrounding area.
Must see: Gateway Arch-over...
Must see: Gateway Arch-over 600 feet tall, St. Louis zoo- one of the best in the world, Budweiser brewery- best beer in the world, St.Louis Cardinals baseball game--a tradition!
they speak for themselves. People that live here still visit them on a regular basis. That says alot.
By far and the way the best...
By far and the way the best event for St. Louis is the fourth of July celebration at the St. Louis Fair under the Arch.
It has several concerts, airshows, fireworks on the Mississipi, great food, educational activities, shopping, and rides. Best place to view the fireworks is on the west bank in front of the Arch. It get's crowded there and parking is not good. I suggest taking the Metro there.
Visit the Arch!
Every year millions of visitors head for the Arch with one goal in mind: a journey to the top. This is where you'll get a stunning glimpse of the St. Louis region from a dizzying height of 630 feet. But how do you get to the top? You take a tram ride from the south or north leg of the Arch. On your way to the top using the south leg, you'll return to an era in the 1800s when the St. Louis riverfront was bustling with steamboats, fur traders, and merchants. On your way to the top using the north leg, you'll be transported back to 1965 when construction workers wedged the last triangular Arch section into place.
View from the top!!
It's a bit daunting while atop this structure, overlooking the river and the cityscape in the distance!
The downside ...
Of the arch:)
Here I am sitting on the steps that lead down to the river from the Gateway Arch. On the riverfront you can take sightseeing cruises in a Mississippi riverboat.
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The best known of all the St. Louis attractions. The coolest thing about the Arch is the space-pod elevator... a small white sphere designed to travel up the curving wall. Good views of the city.
Good way to see the Arch
I enjoyed seeing the St. Louis Arch and riding up in it... but you also should go lay down under it and view it like we did!! =)
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THE Gateway Arch
What a sight from the city and from the riverfront. It soars and gleams and entices from every angle. It is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
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