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St. Louis Sights

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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On the riverfront at Market St., 707 North First St., St. Louis, Missouri, 63102, United States

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  • Tram $10
  • 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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Nov 18, 2008

Great view

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.

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Aug 24, 2005


Must do in St. Louis. You will be truly amazed as you look out across the city on one side and the Mississippi River on the other. If you get a chance, watch the making of the arch video prior to going up. There is also a museum in the bottom of the arch about the western exploration. They now search all bags and have metal detectors prior to entrance. TIP: If you are walking up to the arch from the city, go in on the right side. There is generally

a much smaller line on that side.

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Jul 10, 2003

Must See Once

Pretty cool monument. Has an interesting tale about its construction and the site houses a simple museum. The ride up is a trip and the view is pretty cool. Think about it. When you look out the windows at the top, there is nothing but air below you. The legs of the arch span out sideways from the viewing area. Anyway, St. Louis doesn't have the most impressive cityscape to look at, but the arch itself is awesome. You have to go to the top

at least once just to take it all in.

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Oct 28, 2002

You must See It

Any american would have to see this. it is truly awesome.

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