Stainless steel and 630 feet above the ground. This structure can sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. Wow.
Summer hours - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Arch trams will run daily starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:10 p.m.
Winter hours - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Arch trams will run daily starting at 9:20 am and ending at 5:10 pm.
Trams leave at least every 10 minutes, and it's a tight fit in the tram.
Tram tickets: $10 adults (17 & older), $7 youth (13 - 16), $3 children (3 - 12)
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There is no fee to view the Museum of Westward Expansion. It's a good thing to see and do if you have to wait for your tram ride to the top of the arch. The displays offer a peek into the area of the West that awaited Louis & Clark during their exploration. There is a very good movie about the ships that the explorers used on their voyage.
You can reach the top of the arch from where you’ll get an unbeatable view on Saint Louis’ skyline. Therefore, you have to buy a ticket that gives access to a sort of little lift, where you can sit, and that brings you to the top in 4 minutes. It was quite a strange feeling, as it goes all the way up step by step :-) The view from up there is really worth it...
Much like the Eiffel tower is to Paris, or the Statue of Liberty is to New York, the Gateway Arch is the icon of St. Louis - as such, you will probably find yourself taking MANY photos of it. Interestingly enough, the Arch changes with time of day, and proximity, and vantage point. A marvel of engineering, modern, graceful - and it is still hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact you can travel inside it!
Since I am claustrophobic, I really wish someone had warned me about the ride to the top of the Gateway Arch. I looked at the website, but got as far as the statement "trams leave every 10 minutes". I have in my head what a tram looks/feels like. It was nothing like what I had in my head. The "tram" is, in fact, a 5-person pod - very close quarters. I tried to maintain my composure so as to not frighten the child who was in the same pod. I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing. The four minutes it took to get to the top seemed to take forever, and I banged my head on the lowered door as I rushed to escape the pod.
I remember very little about being at the top. I must have looked out of the windows, because I have photos on my camera. My racing heart, flushed and sweating face, and the beginnings of a pounding headache all combined to keep me there less time than it took to get there. I'm including a photo of me taken at the top - it kinda looks like I am smiling, but you can see the watery eyes, the sheen of sweat, and the flushed skin on my face. This is not the look of someone having a good time. And worse, you have to go down the same way...
I made it there and back. It took me a good 30 minutes to calm down afterward. I won't do it again.
If Saint Louis is famous for one thing, it is the arch. You can se the arch from anywhere in the city, and we saw it from as far away as Cahokia. The arch wasn't a thrill a minute, but to go to the top (after the $10 fee is paid) requires a four minute ride in a unique elevator that reminded me of the escape pods on the Starship Enterprise. One you are at the top, you can look outside of tiny, envelope-sized windows out at the city skyline. It is a really nice view, but the views of the arch itself are better from outside.
Upon the Gateway Arch,you can find also underground,where you have to buy the tickets to see the Arch,this interesting museum about the life in Missouri state and rest of country.
This is a picture taken at the Museum.
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
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.
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.
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.
Like most cities, St Louis has the a building that you can go to the top of to get a great view of the city. However, unlike most cities, St Louis has a unique design -- the arch. You get shuttled to the top in pods (be careful if you are claustrophobic). When you get to the top, you can see out of the two sides of the arch, giving a wonderful view of the city. Views include the court house, Busch Stadium and most of the suburbs. Make sure to get there early, as you get tickets for a specific time. On busy days you must wait a while before going up. There is a museum on the bottom that you can stroll through while waiting. A must see in St Louis!
This is a magnificent work of architecture. The view from the top is awesome (just don't go up there if you're afraid of heights!). A tram takes you up and back. At 630 feet, it's our nation's tallest monument. It's now the best-known symbol of St Louis.
Nothing says St. Louis like the Arch! It is an amazing structure. The fact that it was built is enough, but it is simple and beautiful. People don't think too much about it, but when they see it up close...Wow. I was a kid and remember it being built, in fact, my dad would regularly take us all down to the riverfront to see its latest stages as it was going up. Many said it was impossible to build and would never work! Sadly, Eero Saarinen, the visionary architect who designed the arch , never lived to see the dream it accomplished. It is a 630 ft high stainless steel equilateral triangle and the shape is elegant, the catenary curve or the shape a chain takes when hanging upside down. Standing under the arch and looking straight up, it is astonishing to wonder how it was possible. The two legs of the arch were built separately and when they were finally close enough near the top, a scaffold was erected to anchor them together. When the final keystone piece was ready to be installed, it was a blazing hot day and the piece was several feet to big to fit into the opening. The two legs were hosed down with water and the piece was inserted. What drama!
Thanks to the steel workers who risked their lives making this structure. Dangerous as it was, not one life was lost during the construction of the arch. I could go on and on with the magnificence, but you will have to come see for yourself.
My favorite thing that I did while in St. Louis was going up to the top of the arch. I enjoyed walking around the arch and looking at its structure as well. The view was spectacular!! We got there around 9AM and did not have to wait in any lines, but as the day went on I saw that it became more crowded so I would recommend getting there early. The arch does not seem very handicap accessible but I could be wrong. The trip to the top was a bit cramped as you have to fit through a small 4 ft door and sit with 4 other people in the lil bubble type elevator. I did not mind this though, except it was a bit hot inside. There is also a very nice museum at the arch as well as a souvenir shop. I think that going to the top and checking out the museum is a must for a first time trip to St. Louis.