Saint Louis Travel Guide

  • Saint Louis, Missouri
    Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis Highlights

  • Pro
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     inexpensive for USA, lots of history, great music & fun 

  • Con
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     Hot and Humid in the Summer, Snowy & cold in the Winter 

  • In a nutshell
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     Combination of Culture, Southern Charm, Midwestern Friendliness 

Saint Louis Things to Do

  • Gateway Arch

    This is probably the most famous landmark in St. Louis and it does dominate the skyline. It is set in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial right along the Mississippi riverfront on the edge of downtown. It is thus part of a larger park and museum. Aside from simply seeing the structure itself, one can go inside it and take an unusual elevator...

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  • Old Courthouse

    The Old Courthouse is part of the National Park Service's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and is significant for it's part in the Dred Scott Decision (which stated that, since slaves were property, they could not sue for freedom, which he did based on the fact he and his owner had lived in Illinois and Wisconsin - both "free states), which...

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  • Saint Louis Zoo

    The St. Louis Zoo is in a beautiful setting with lots of great animal exhibits. I especially like the penguins! Admission for the zoo is free, rides on the train, movies and special exhibits cost extra. Parking in the zoo lot is $15, but if you get there around opening time there is plenty of free street parking and a free lot at the park just a...

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Saint Louis Restaurants

  • Blueberry Hill

    Once a month Chuck Berry, the guitar legend himself, performs at this small, but welcoming bar. Chuck owns the place and plays with his son (guitar) and daughter (harmonica/vocals). I caught his act in March of 2006 and was amazed how well this 80 y/o man can still play. There isn't a bad seat in the house as you are never more than 20 feet from...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    I am a big Hard Rock fan, and I seek them out whenever I travel. Being as how this Hard Rock is in Union Station, it is VERY easy to find - I saw the guitar from the interstate! The pay parking lot makes it very convenient to access this one too - but they do not validate. Inside is nice - I didn't scrutinize the artifacts, since it was busy,...

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  • St. Louis Bread Company

    If you like Panera Bread, then you'll like the St. Louis Bread Company. They're one in the same. You'll notice that the logo, the interior and the menu are all the same. This is not a local place. The story goes that Panera Bread bought the St. Louis Bread Company but, not wanting to squander the name recognition that they already had locally, kept...

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Saint Louis Nightlife

  • Saint Louis Beer Scene

    St. Louis has a number of breweries. You can visit most of them, but there are a number of places in town where you can sample each of the breweries comfortably and even get food.- Bailey's Range (http://www.baileysrange.com/): A burger, beer and shakes (some alcoholic) restaurant. They have roughly 20 taps, almost all of them local. This was the...

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  • Free Headliner Concerts Return!

    The Live on the Levee concert series returns, as big as ever! I LOVE this series!!! Some of the groups scheduled this 2007 are: The Goo Goo Dolls, Emmy Lou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Los Lonely Boys, Pete Yorn, Ani DiFranco, and Steel Pulse.You get to sit outdoors, Under the Arch, overlooking the huge Mississippi and hear two great concerts each night....

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  • A Secret Drinking Spot

    John's Town Hall is similar to a pub. It's not loud and crazy like a nightclub, and it has both a bar and restaurant section. It's on the street level of the Dorchester Hotel - which really isn't a Hotel at all - at least these days - it's a high-rise condo overlooking Forest Park.They server decent beer on tap as well as mixed drinks. The jukebox...

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Saint Louis Transportation

  • Metrolink Bus and Light Rail

    Unlike Detroit, Cincinnati, and Columbus, St. Louis has managed to fund and build a passenger rail system, even if it only has two lines. The Metrolink light rail system Red Line is the older and more extensive, and east-west route linking the airport in the west to over the Mississippi River into East St Louis, Illinois. The Blue Line is a shorter...

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  • Parking

    Parking is free at all city parking meters after 5pm on weekdays and all day both Saturday and Sunday, as well as on public holidays. If you go on a weekend, there's no real reason to pay for parking at a Downtown hotel, as there are always meters. If you're staying close to Busch Stadium or Scottrade Center when there's a game though, then you may...

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  • Use GO Best Express Shuttle from Lambert...

    I used GO Best Express to shuttle me from Lambert Airport to the Hyatt at the Arch Downtown. I only waited about 15 minutes, the cost was $39 for a round trip ticket. The van was clean, the driver was super-friendly and they were on time to pick me up and bring me back to the airport. I would definitely recommend this service. I understand they are...

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Saint Louis Shopping

  • Shopping

    Okay, so like the areas in the St. Louis area, many of the malls are named for their location. For example, West County Mall, South County Mall, and the easiest to figure out, Chesterfield Mall, cause it is in Chesterfield.We have some really great malls in our area. West County Mall, aka The Dove Mall, has been totally re-done is really nice. Here...

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  • Fabulous Mall In St. Louis

    If you are in the mood to shop. West County Center is a great place to go for just about anything you may be looking for. From Dicks Sporting Goods to Nordstrom this mall has it. A must is a visit to Charming Charlies. What a great shop this is. They have everything from jewelery to boots to clothing that you won't find anywhere else. And the...

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  • Under the Arch

    The Museum Store under the Gateway Arch offers a large selection of western history materials. Like most NPS associated stores it gifts are related to the site - namely the history of the United States’ westward expansion, St. Louis and the design and construction of the Gateway Arch. It is run by the Jefferson National Parks Association....

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Saint Louis Local Customs

  • Weddings in uniform

    I don't know if it is really a local costume, but it gave me that idea. I know that the American use to exaggerate in wedding festivities, with well prepared performances, with rehearsals, hard preparation, and dressing in a... a... an American produced way ( Portuguese will understand what I mean. The other... let's hope they will). Until arriving...

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  • Toasted Ravioli

    Toasted ravioli is an appetizer that is only available in St. Louis,MO area. Generally it is square, meat ravioli that breaded and deep friend so it is crispy. It is served with marinara sauce and sometimes with a bit of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Here is a website below to order some on line.

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  • A River Runs By It

    The Mississippi is an unmistakable part of St. Louis' culture, just as the Chesapeake is to Baltimore, the St. Laurence is to Quebec or the Rockies are to Denver. St. Louis music is laced with references to the mighty muddy Mississippi and locals like Mark Twain made their reputations writing stories set on it or by it. Almost every business in St....

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Saint Louis Warnings and Dangers

  • Ignore generalizations, explore the...

    First, Chicago and other big cities are not part of the "Most dangerous city" ratings, so grain of salt for that one.Second, if you have trouble being around people that are different than you in terms of color, financial or social status, you would probably want to stay away from them. Blacks are not comfortable around bigoted angry whites and...

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  • Ignore generalizations, explore the...

    First, Chicago and other big cities are not part of the "Most dangerous city" ratings, so grain of salt for that one.Second, if you have trouble being around people that are different than you in terms of color, financial or social status, you would probably want to stay away from them. Blacks are not comfortable around bigoted angry whites and...

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  • don't go to the north side

    East st Louis is bad but not as bad as north st.Louis. I have lived here for 10 years and just about everyday there is a murder there. I would suggested not going there uless u know the area. St.Louis is ranked in the top 2 most dangerous places in the country for a reason downtown is fun just watch what u are doing.

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Saint Louis Tourist Traps

  • Gateway Arch

    The Arch is an engineering marvel without question, but because it's federal property - and the feds are more paranoid than the guy with the backwards jacket and tinfoil hat - you have to submit to another airport search to even get in the place. All to see the history of westward expansion ... which never required Lewis and/or Clark to empty their...

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  • Laclede's Landing

    The concept is great, the "old Part" of the city but once again, St. Louis sucks at urban development. We find the place run down and dirty. It is a shame, if we had urban visionaries, this coudl be a great destination. Pack your bags and head out at night. The younger drunken crowd arrives and there is a LOT of car theft. A LOT. My friend works...

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  • Not bad for a police state

    The Arch is an engineering marvel without question, but because it's federal property - and the feds are more paranoid than the guy with the backwards jacket and tinfoil hat - you have to submit to another airport search to even get in the place. All to see the history of westward expansion ... which never required Lewis and/or Clark to empty their...

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Saint Louis What to Pack

  • Yes, summers are HOT and HUMID

    In summer, get ready to sweat! Out of town family members whine about the heat and humidity constantly. Bring allergy medication! ST. Louis is ranked in the top 5 for allergies because of the humidity and deciduous forests. We sneeze a lot! Beach? What beach? They call them beaches but they are shallow areas on rivers or man-made beaches on...

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  • Must have's from a local

    Always check the forecast. The weather is very unpredictable. We have all four seasons and some joke that we have them all in one week. It can be bitterly bone chilling in winter, or as pleasant as a warm spring day - no telling. Also always bring an umbrella, a light jacket, and consider layers. It does rain from time to time, and sometimes...

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  • One of everything!

    If one is going to come to St Louis via the airport and the metro, then pack in one rolling suitcase. The metro link is EXTREMELY easy to use but it is a commuter system and one suitcase with a small backpark or computer case is all that you will have room for! Expect all ranges of weather changes. Always try for a long range weather forecast...

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Saint Louis Off The Beaten Path

  • Third Degree Glass Factory

    While I was in Saint Louis I went dayly to this factory, where the conference of GAS helded several live demonstrations. I know that, all year long, they provide private demonstrations, and glass is a spectacular art, not to be missed. (If you are distant from Saint Louis you better know that you may have glass work demonstrations in Crisform -...

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  • St Francis Xavier Church

    Included in the splendid complex of Saint Louis university, this modern church (built in 1984) follows British models, but, as long as it seems doesn't try to copy anything. It's nice, well decorated, and favors the area around it.

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  • St Francis Xavier

    Built in the end of the 19Th century, this church is part of the University, being also known as the College Church. Inspired in Irish Gothic, it composes a harmonic contrast with the modern look of the buildings that surround it.

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Saint Louis Sports & Outdoors

  • Bush Stadium

    This is the real heart of downtown. All living beings I saw in downtown Saint Louis were walking to or from Bush Stadium. Even I, knowing absolutely nothing about baseball, hesitated facing the idea of getting myself a ticket to see the Cardinals. And I was "obliged" to buy a Pujol's red shirt to Horacio (he is a Benfica's supporter, so red is his...

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  • New Stadium is Here Now

    Cheering with a stadium full of Cards fans has to be one of the best St. Louis experiences!! I got to go to a game this August, in the new stadium, with 104 F temperature! But we were lucky to be sitting in the shade. Had a great time! At night, the lights were blazing & you really can see inside from the street, just by walking by. What an amazing...

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  • RAms Football

    The stadium to the north of downtown center is an anchor to try and revive this area once deteriorated. Still somewhat has that feel, though. The American Center for convention and other events and Visitors Center are located close by

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Saint Louis Favorites

  • Budweiser Rules. Accept It!

    St. Louis is still Budweiser's town. Despite the proliferation of microbreweries in the US since the 1990's and the increased availability of imports, you will still end up in situations where Anheuser Busch products are the only brews available. This happened to me surprisingly often during my week in St. Lous -- at a wedding, at a Cardinals' game...

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  • Private Train at Union Station

    NOTE; How sad, but I just learned today, September 4, 2008, that this tour is no longer available because the train was sold in 2006.While Jill and I were going back and forth to our hotel, The Hyatt Regency at Union Station, we noticed a beautiful green train on the tracks. Now, that was rather curious since the Union Station has been closed as a...

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  • Downtown - Saint Louis Place (1983)

    This mid-rise office building at the corner of Broadway and Pine reminds me of the hanging gardens of Babylon. I admire the engineering and design (by the firm of Peckham, Guyton & Viets) that allows the top four floors to have such a dramatic "overhang." Saint Louis Place has a total of 20 floors, and reaches a height of 253 feet.

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