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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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  • This is a "must visit" when in St Louis. The arch is an amazing structure and it worth the price to go up in. The museum is a great place to spend time while you wait for your elevator load time. There is plenty of displays to look at and the bookstore offers a good time waster too. The elevators are quite small so squeezing 5 people in each one is tight. It's amazing how they designed the elevator to go up in the arch and slightly rotate to always keep you level. The view at the top of course is amazing. Out of the east windows you can see the Mississippi and Illinois, to the west of course you have an amazing view of downtown St Louis. Worth the money every time!
  • Marvel of architecture in St Louis. We took a ride of tram car to the top and captured many beautiful scenes from the Top of the Arch. Structure is huge and seeing only is believing that such an architecture exists. We had driven from Chicago, stayed overnight in a hotel and visited Arch next morning. Tickets were easily available and not much of rush or queue for the tram ride also. There are 2 sides entry for trams, North and South. Each side had 8 cars accommodating 5 seats each. Therefore, total of 40 persons can travel to top from each side. Takes 4 minutes to top and we came down in 3 minutes only. Overall a very attractive architecture.
  • The Gateway Arch is awesome, one of a kind. It amazes me how they were able to come up with that idea of building it that way. The surrounding is nice too. The three different bridges and the big river are really eye catching. Going up the arch was so exciting, although not good for those who are afraid of high places. View from the top was fabulous, the other side are the bridges and the river and on the other side is the city of St. Louis, Mo. The basement is still ongoing construction but getting close to completion. The walls designs are informative and you will not be bored while waiting for your turn to go to the top of the arch.
  • Great trip. While the pod is small, distracting your fellow riders with pictures makes the four minute ride to the top quick. The kids loved it. While the construction fences are coming down it is not complete. The old court house did a great job holding our interest however. My recommendation is book for an early ride. We had 9:30 and got to the top by 10. Once there not packed at all. We were able to move freely and only had to wait about 10 minutes for a ride back down. The view from above St Louis was worth the cost and trip.
  • An amazing piece of American ingenuity. The film might be dated but it is a snapshot into the minds and vision of those who built it. We missed the tram to the top by just four people ahead of us. I went up as a kid and remember being wowed. I'd suggest you watch the video before the ascent; it will really give you an appreciation of how special that trip up is. I'm glad they're renovating the area. St Louis has enormous potential that is not currently being utilized. The adjacent riverfront could be a gem.
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