Nothing screams St. Louis quite like the Gateway Arch. Set along the banks of the Mississippi River, the soaring stainless steel arch is a timeless feature of Downtown St. Louis and postcards alike. Visitors can appreciate the lofty monument from the grounds of the surrounding riverfront park or take a tram ride up to the Observation Deck to take in some vertigo-inducing views of the city.
The Arch is sure to impress you with its towering height and expansive views– but it’s also a bit of a mess at the moment. Its grounds are currently undergoing a huge redevelopment and expansion project. Try to ignore the construction cones - they’re a sign of better things to come.
This “gateway to the west” is the most iconic image of our fair city.
The Arch is a true St. Louis classic and the views from the top are unbeatable; on a clear day you can see up to 30 miles in every direction. Those who need to wash down a jaw-dropping view with an educational experience can check out the Museum of Westward Expansion located beneath the Arch.
The ride to the top of the Arch includes squeezing yourself into a very small elevator pod, so if you’re claustrophobic (or scared of heights) you might want to pass on this one. Our personal favorite way to appreciate the Arch is over a cocktail at Three Sixty bar - no tight squeezes necessary.FamilyTouristyExploreCasualEducationalLandmarkParkCan't MissOutdoorsHistoricalGood for GroupsUniqueFeatured