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The Gateway Arch, Saint Louis

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Take in spectacular views of the city from 192 m (630 ft ) in the air atop The Gateway Arch. This "Gateway to the West" is the city's most iconic landmark--and the largest manmade monument in the Western Hemisphere. Examine the structure's stainless-steel architecture and impressive engineering from the banks of the Mississippi River before riding a tram to the top. Don't miss the Museum of Westward Expansion directly under the arch at the visitor center. Put The Gateway Arch and other Saint Louis attractions into our Saint Louis holiday maker website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This was an experience you’ll have nowhere else. I was lucky enough to go when it wasn’t busy and there were no lines. This National Park monument just recently was renovated and the museum under the ...  more »
  • I can only recommend it. All that is there to want a tip. You can go there also up. And you should only buy the cards because it takes up to 3 hours until you get the date. So buy photos with time and then out ticket make. The high costs per person $13. The lifts are exceptionally, a small capsule with room for 5 persons. The trip up takes about 3 min, and the view is really good.
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  • This is our third time to visit to Gateway arch and each time we enjoy it. We had our teenage granddaughter with us and she saw for the second time. Be sure to see the movie as it explains how the arc...  more »
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  • The park has been totally re-done in a high-tech, updated format that totally eliminated the original warmth & comfort of the museum. Outside grounds are clean, open spaces twice the size of a couple years ago with benches (cement) & spacious walking paths. Most of the walking to get from parking to the arch entrance (almost 2 city blocks) is a slow downward ramp-type sidewalk. People were managing wheelchairs carefully, people with canes, like me, & walkers had a workout getting back up the long incline to the street. Thank goodness for the benches! Inside is set up with huge video screens that hit you in the face after you go through security. Large rooms depicting different periods in history are all around a large open area & are full of information - all politically correct. Whole place is Spotless! There's the Cafe for snacks, sandwiches & beverages, a gift shop with reasonably priced souvenirs, clean restrooms, ticket window for rides in the arch. It's worth the time but I won't go again. It lost a lot by all the updating & modernizing.
  • This is a lovely place to visit, actually a must-see. Even if you are afraid of heights it's still okay. The capsule that takes you up is really small but you are comfortable the whole time. It's only three or four minutes up and 3 minutes down. The wait and the ride up is worth it because when you get to the top and you look at the view it is incredible. Once you get to the top you can stay as long as you wish. You can see looking East and you can see looking West over the city. This is truly a remarkable engineering feat.
  • Awesome experience and great view of the city. We were able to take the tram up before our scheduled time. The movie was interesting but you can likely find the same info online. If you have a disabled guest in your party there are a few flights of stairs that are unavoidable and the floor is curved in the viewing area. If they are able to make a short climb up some stairs make sure to ask for tram car 1 as this will take some but not all of the stairs away.
  • So awesome. Jaw dropping. Nice clean park. Very inviting. Parking was very close and inexpensive. Enjoyed this very much. We can't wait to come back and do a helicopter tour. Which is conveniently located by the water.
  • A landmark of St Louis! The newly renovated visitor centre will take you through the history of St. Louis and the building of the arch. Be sure to take the tram up to the top -- the ingenious pods that resemble an elevator / escalator / ferris wheel contraption are worth the ride alone... and you get a spectacular view of the city as bonus! Worth the ~2-3hr spent exploring the park and its surrounding lands. For cool shots of the arch, be sure to head north and look for the pond on the left.
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