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Gateway Arch

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A ride to the top of the 630-foot arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen, is a must. The centerpiece of the 91-acre Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, the arch was built in 1965 to commemorate the city where thousands of 19th-century pioneers stopped for provisions before traveling west. A tram takes visitors up one of the Arch's legs to a top-of-the-arch observation room with a terrific view of the city and the Mississippi. On windy days visitors can feel the Arch sway while at the top. Beneath the Arch is the underground visitor center and the Museum of Westward Expansion.

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  • Address: On the riverfront at Market St., 707 North First St., Downtown, St. Louis, MO 63102 | Map It
  • Phone: 877/982–1410
  • Cost: Tram $10
  • Hours: Memorial Day–Labor Day daily 8:00 am–10:00 pm, Labor Day–Memorial Day 9:00 am–6:00 pm
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  • Location: Downtown

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    The view from the top of the arch is stunning on a clear day, and the arch itself is simultaneously graceful and imposing, surrounded by an open grassy park. Neither the (enclosed) top viewing area nor the access elevators are a wise choice for the claustrophobic, and lines can be very long.

    by bachslunch, 11/18/08

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