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The Gateway Arch, Saint Louis

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Must see · 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. 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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  • MUST do attraction with kids of any age. The staff working was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. If you are claustrophobic, the ride to/from the top could bother you a bit (my kids described it...  more »
  • The Arch was beautiful at night and more breathtaking than pictures. Very clean around it. We did not go in due to Covid but enjoyed the surrounding area.  more »
  • We’ve driven by the Gateway Arch for years on our way to family in PA, but this is the first time we’ve ever done the tour and museum. We had two families with kids ranging in age from 1 to 19. We...  more »
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  • It’s always a good place to visit and they do have fond memories. We were treated as a child to a big trip into a big city of St Louis. Born in the country a being able to see this as it was being constructed was unbelievable. It’s still pretty amazing when I’m able to travel to go see it. At one time my mom used to drive all the way there once or twice a week so she could be a tour guide. The last time we were in St Louis we were able to go down to the District and we couldn’t believe how high the water level was because of all the flooding. Roads that I remember at the bottom of the arch closer to the river are all gone you could barely see the street lights hanging out of the water . It was a incredible site. A lot of changes have gone on in that area since the arch was construction in 1967. They had to get the area below the arch or salad so it wouldn’t flood. It’s really cool all the history in the museums that are free to the public for you to explore about the entrance to the great west. I WOULD recommend you go have a visit because it does show you a lot of history and how it was constructed. You can even take an elevator to the top and the view is incredible. It is unfortunate that most of the places that I remember, the great restaurants and clubs that have great music are now gone
  • Great place to visit. Enjoyed walking through the museum and going up in the arch. Great views! Beautiful park to walk through and enjoy the scenery. Very reasonably priced to go up in the arch. Fun family activity. Bypass the ticket line and buy your tickets online. Don't miss this if you are in St. Louis!
  • Just beautiful and tons to see, first off this is a national park which is very cool and offers some history. The Arch symbolizes itself as a gateway to west and going up to the top shows a stunning view, on one side you see the Mississippi River and Illinois and on the other you see the busy downtown St. Louis. After you are done you can explore the museum to learn more about the history of St. Louis and his great landmark, just make sure to come when the Mississippi isn’t flooding.
  • Worth a visit! The museum underneath the arch is well designed, providing not only very interesting information on the Gateway Arch but also on the history of settling on the American continent. And of course the way up to the arch is a unique, one-in-the-world experience and a great lookout
  • If you're passing by, have never been to the arch, and have time to stop, check out this amazing piece of architecture. A simple tour of the arch is inexpensive and takes roughly 45 minutes. The arch is spectacular from the interstate but even more amazing when standing directly under the arch. The view from the top is breathtaking and allows for some great photo opportunities of the city below. The ride to the top is a unique experience as well.

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