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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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  • My husband went up in the Arch and was glad that he did it. It helped that it was a quiet day and there were only 2 people in it and not 5 like it is "supposed" to seat. We sat in one they have out.....  more
    My husband went up in the Arch and was glad that he did it. It helped that it was a quiet day and there were only 2 people in it and not 5 like it is "supposed" to seat. We sat in one they have out.....  more »
  • Didn't know much about the arch, but thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Learned a lot in museum, the views were outstanding and the restaurant in the lobby served a decent sandwich. 
    Didn't know much about the arch, but thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Learned a lot in museum, the views were outstanding and the restaurant in the lobby served a decent sandwich.  more »
  • Four seniors traveling Route 66 stopped for a visit. We planned this stop as we figured we probably would not get this way again. The structure is impressive. The tour was okay. I expected more out... 
    Four seniors traveling Route 66 stopped for a visit. We planned this stop as we figured we probably would not get this way again. The structure is impressive. The tour was okay. I expected more out...  more »
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  • It's cool to see. I don't know that I'd need to do it more than once. Buy tickets in advance. You can also check the website around 900a and see if they are any available tickets. I checked and got a ticket for the same day. You have to go through security as it's a national landmark. They have a museum area after that and other setups to learn about the arch and its history, there is a gift shop and cafe inside. Line up at your time... there aren't many people lining up until about 4-5 min prior to the scheduled time. You stand in line for a while before you get to go back. There really isn't a benefit because you get assigned a group 1 through 9. You sit with your group in the pod up and down...maximum of 5 people
  • Wonderful experience! It was cool driving through town and seeing the arch get bigger and bigger as we got closer. Then to be standing under it was amazing. The view from the top and museum were fabulous. The tram ride was faster than expected. We’ll worth the time and Money!
  • Well done National Park Service! I bought tickets online about a month ahead of time. I was able to have the tickets on my phone. We arrived about 30 to 45 minutes ahead of our tour time to allow for the security check. At the appointed time we were directed through the tour. The tour guides were courteous and very helpful answering questions. The views from the top are spectacular and for me, well worth the price of admission. The ride up and down is a little bumpy and the pod is a little claustrophobic, but should be no problem for most people. There is a historical museum after entry and before or after the tour that is worth a walk through. There is a concession stand of sorts as well as a souvenir shop. Overall, a great experience!
  • Super cool experience! The pods in the tram are tiny but we got to ride in one ourselves, so nice to not have to sit in one with strangers. The door is glass which is awesome as you can view what the inside of the Arch looks like on your ride up and down. 4 min up, 3 min down. Husband is claustrophobic but was OK on the ride! Time at the top is short but plenty of time to take pictures of just look and enjoy the view. Our group was only about 11 people total so not crowded at the windows at all. The museum is interesting with lots to read. Cafe was expensive but food was OK. Tour guide for the tram was upbeat and friendly. The Arch was definitely the highlight to our trip to St.Louis! And the small state park surrounding the structure was nice as well.
  • Seeing the Gateway Arch up close and personal on the outside is cool, but, if you're not claustrophobic or afraid of heights, I'd highly recommend you go up on the tram. Your guide will give you a brief history of the monument and lead you to your tram that will take you to the top. Definitely worth it. Very cool views and it's a fun thing to say that you did🙂 Tips: 1) Buy your tickets online ahead of time. You need to reserve a time slot to go on the tram and times can fill up fast during peak times. I booked three weeks in advance and about half the slots were already filled. It doesn't matter whether you take the North or South tram. They both take you to the top of the arch. 2) You only get 10 min when you get to the top so make the most of it. 3) The video in the Tucker Theater about the building of the arch was interesting. It's not very expensive and I thought it was worth it. Not super engaging for young kids (

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