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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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  • I read every review and none gave it try justice! I am claustrophobic and hate heights. I have motion sickness and just plain old and stuck in my ways so i came real close to passing on this. I droppe...  more »
  • The ride to the top was kinda fun, unless you're claustrophobic. Four people sit inside of this little egg shaped capsule and slowly ride to the top. The view is spectacular. The gift shop has some pr...  more »
  • Exciting and wonderful. I have loved this place for ever. I used to visit as a child with my mom, dad and siblings. Now my children have enjoyed it.  more »
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  • Coming over the hill on I-70, it was quite a site to behold. It seemed larger in the distance than we imagined, but we kept getting closer and closer and it kept getting higher and higher in the sky. Such a unique monument, it was impressive to see along the river. Unfortunately there was a lot of construction going on so we didn't get the experience we hoped. We couldn't walk all around it, and it opens surprisingly late in the morning, we didn't get a chance to go up as we were just passing through and had to be going by 10:00 am on Saturday. We hope to visit again after the construction is all finished up. It was still worth stopping to see, walking under it makes you feel pretty insignificant under this towering beauty. The location along the river adds to the aura that you feel standing beside it. A fun place to just sit and watch the river go by, the boats as they pass beside along, and the people like myself, necks arched to look up at this shining testament to westward expansion. We arrived at roughly 8:00 am on a Saturday morning with a pickup and small trailer. We managed to find parking less than a block away and there were several small shops open in the area for breakfast, but the gift shops were not open. If going on the weekend, getting there early seems like a good idea to find parking, but plan to stay a little longer and enjoy more as I hope to do next time.
  • My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting the Arch. Of course, if you’re in St.Louis you have to go see this iconic monument. They have a museum below that unfortunately was undergoing renovations when we went. When you go on the arch Tour, they take you to a room where they show you a video of the history of the arch and the 60s, then, they put you in a capsule that takes you to the top. The capsule ride is very interesting as you care riding to the top of an arch. Once you get to the top, the views are breathtaking and you can hang there for a long time if you so wish. Overall, had a wonderful time.
  • Easy to get there, disappointing seeing so many messy graffiti on the highway walls, a little dirty, but because it's a tourist destination, there's a bit of traffic, we just had to follow google map and street signs which was not really clear, parking was free for us behind some bridge and it was a Sunday! The Arch is really nice, we didn't go inside, since there was a long queue. But it was a nice experience to see something modern and beautiful that was made in the late 60s out of stainless steel. The Arch is near the Mississippi River, a lovely view. The city could add more tour guides around the city since it's crowded and I heard there's more to do than visiting the Arch.
  • Amazing time to spend with family, don't ever forget to take the tram ride to top of the arch which is almost 630 feet. You can view whole city far far away on a sunny day.Staff was very friendly and helped so many people in taking pictures. They gave us brief tour of the whole place and explained the history in making of this monument. It takes almost 4 and half minutes in the tram and it was fun. If possible they even allow people to ride with their own groups seperately. There was still construction going on in the park but visitors can still walk around and enjoy the place. We probably visited in off season hours and hardly spent time in security check and in line to get the tickets. You can get the tickets in old court house building. We really enjoyed the views from the top and walking around the park.
  • An absolutely fantastic American classic! Having grown up seeing images and videos of the arch, I was absolutely excited to see it, but my expectations had no chance of living up to the actual arch. It's massive (taller than the statue of liberty massive) and the view from the top is fantastic. The NPS doesn't have a specific parking lot for the Arch, but there are plenty of parking lots and garages in the area, just be prepared to pay. Also, when I visited (January of 2018) the price to visit the top (via a really cool pod/elevator) was about $13.50 per adult. Overall, the Arch is a fantastic piece of American

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Saint Louis is famous for its relatively low cost of living, so you can often find affordable rooms even in its most expensive hotels. The sprawling metropolitan region boasts nearly 40,000 hotel rooms, 8,000 of them in downtown. In this area, you can choose from a range of full-service hotels offering all the comforts of home within walking distance of the city's major attractions. If all you need is a decent bed, consider an inn near the airport.
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