Saint Louis Travel Guide

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    Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis Things to Do

  • Gateway Arch

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 Eiffel tower, for instance). The park is pleasant and the look of town from there very photogenic.

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  • Boat Rides on the Mississippi

    We took a short sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River after visiting the Gateway Arch. Overall it was a good experience. The narration of the history provided was wonderful, although in my opinion there wasn't much too exciting to see along this portion of the Mississippi besides the Gateway Arch area. We, however, did pause and took in the...

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  • Saint Louis Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    Blueberry Hill is a restaurant and music club located in the Delmar Loop neighborhood in University City, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. The menu has something for everyone, including their famous hamburgers, jerk chicken, trout almondine, vegetarian specials, homemade soups, salads and breakfast items. My favorite was the burger, no wonder why...

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  • Ted Drewes

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Great local custard shop to cool you off during the humid St. Louis summer. Two locations in the city. Definately a can't miss on any trip here. Need proof; just take a look at all the Ted Drewes hats signed by celebrities that have stoped by.

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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Saint Louis Nightlife

  • Soulard Neighborhood at Night

    There are an astounding number of live music spots in Soulard, but one of the best is The Shanti. This beer bar joint has free live music that competes with what one will find in Chicago or New Orleans. Very informal attire, no cover charge, and full combo bands with excellent vocals and musical talent. I have a little video, but I haven't had much...

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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Marinha Grande...

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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 Pujols'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 North Pacific Style Lager

    North Pacific Style Lager was introduced by Budweiser in 2013 as part of their "Project 12," a competition among the 12 Budweiser breweries to produce a new craft beer. The other two new beers in 2013 are the Beechwood Bock Beer and Vanilla Bourbon Cask Beer. Of the three, the Vanilla Bourbon was easily the worst, and the North Pacific Style Lager...

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  • Budweiser Beechwood Bock Beer

    Beechwood Bock Beer was introduced by Budweiser in 2013 as part of their "Project 12," a competition among the 12 Budweiser breweries to produce a new craft beer. The other two new beers in 2013 are the North Pacific Style Lager and Vanilla Bourbon Cask Beer. Of the three, the Vanilla Bourbon was easily the worst, and the North Pacific Style Lager...

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  • Budweiser Vanilla Bourbon Cask Beer

    Vanilla Bourbon Cask Beer was introduced by Budweiser in 2013 as part of their "Project 12," a competition among the 12 Budweiser breweries to produce a new craft beer. The other two new beers in 2013 are the North Pacific Style Lager and Beechwood Bock. Of the three, the Vanilla Bourbon was easily the worst. The beer poured a rich golden color...

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