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The Gateway Arch, Saint Louis

4.3
#1 of 137 in Sightseeing in Missouri
Observation Deck Monument
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. See The Gateway Arch and all Saint Louis has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saint Louis trip builder.
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  • This was on my husband's bucket list. We drove 700 miles one-way for a 3 night visit to St. Louis. If you are into architecture, design and construction this is for you especially. We were there mid-w...  more »
  • We knew the arch museum was undergoing renovation before our visit, but I did not realize the extent of work being done. We spent a little time looking at the exhibits in the old court house, and then...  more »
  • You can see the Arch of in many places, it is the most beautiful free-standing or with the old courthouse in the Middle; also from the platform of Laclde's landing (==> on the way to the Morgan Street brewery) you have a beautiful image with the round Arch of the "Roman aqueduct" as a additional framework; from there, you can use the bow as rocker image, very exciting! If you have to drive up? The cabins for 5(!) People do not necessarily are mad tight (you can see one at the old courthouse...)!
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  • I will start my review by mentioning one thing that the website fails to elaborate on. When purchasing your tickets online, which I highly recommend to ensure your spot is not sold out when you arrive, make sure you read each experience's description carefully. The Arch entry-only ticket DOES NOT get you access to go to the top of the arch. You must purchase The Journey to the Top tickets to ride the tram up to the top. On that note, I did not read the description thoroughly and bought the Arch entry-only tickets the night before. Since we visited on Memorial Day, the arch was crowded and tickets were sold out for the Journey to the Top. Being the ambitious person I am, I spoke with Karen at guest services and was able to get two tickets up to the top. We received the tourist and newly wed treatment! Fair warning to larger folk, the tram entrance and pods are small (as you can see in my reaction). About 4 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. I am 6'7" 300 pounds and we fit 4 in the pod snug like with little room to spare. Make sure you request that only 3-4 people be in your pod for the leg room is sparing. The staff were helpful and had great knowledge of the arch and the history of the surrounding area. Karen saved our visit, and we greatly appreciate for it was a wonderful experience to end our mini honeymoon weekend to St Louis!
  • The Gateway Arch itself is awesome. I would not pay to do the tram to the observation deck again. Tiny pods that fit 5 people to go up and down. Once up the observation deck is tiny. Very small & skinny rectangular windows to view the city. We also did the steamboat cruise. It was nice thing to do once and got some history along with it. The movie about how the Arch was constructed was good. Amazing amount of work and precision went into it!
  • Everyone should visit the arch at least once. It's an American wonder and a cool experience. That said, for me once was enough (hence the three stars). Definitely visit, but it's a great one time experience. Also, the cars that take you to the top are SMALL, and I don't me cramped, I mean like Apollo space capsule small. It's not a long trip but know what you're in for!
  • Lots of activities to do with family besides seeing the Arch. There is a museum at the ground floor. On the back side, it is the riverfront where you can go on riverboat guided cruise which normally runs for an hour. There are also helicopter tours that starts at the riverfront. There is horseback riding for people who like that. There are even ponies and a horse cart in the shape of Cinderella's Royal carriage. The arch has 2 elevators that goes all the way up to the top where you have little viewing windows which shows miles and miles of St Louis scenery including the Home of the Cardinals - Busch stadium. I visited with my husband and parents and we all enjoyed the trip and can't wait to go back again.
  • The place was under construction/ remodel or it would have been 5 stars. The staff was very nice as entertaining. Enjoyed the view from the top experience and it pays to go online and book your time slot early! Pay attention to what each level includes when getting tickets.

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