St. Louis Sights

St. Louis has three major neighborhoods. The Hill is known for its good restaurants—mostly Italian—and simple old-world charm. The neighborhood is bounded by Hampton Avenue on the west and Kingshighway on the east, south of Interstate 44. You'll know when you've reached the Hill because the fireplugs are painted green, white, and red. Baseball legends Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola grew up playing

stickball on these streets, but today you're more likely to see a game of boccie—Italian lawn bowling—played at local pubs.

Soulard is a French neighborhood, bounded by the Mississippi River to the east and Interstate 55 to the north and west. There are many reasons to come to Soulard, including the Bastille Day celebrations and Mardi Gras—but the main draw is Soulard Market, where St. Louisans have come since 1779 for the fresh produce, baked goods, and exotic spices, Wednesday through Saturday.

The Central West End, between Forest Park and Page Avenue, is a chic neighborhood filled with trendy boutiques, cozy sidewalk cafés, and galleries. Many of the early 20th-century homes are on display during the annual Greek Festival, held during Labor Day weekend. St. Louisans often stop here after work for a drink or dinner, but the Cathedral of Saint Louis and its collection of mosaic art are worth a visit as well.

Downtown sights can be explored on foot. To visit other parts of town, you'll need a car.

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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park

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This 91-acre park, established in 1935, is home to St. Louis's famous Gateway Arch as well as the Museum of Westward Expansion and the...

Laclede's Landing

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This pleasant enclave north of the Gateway Arch is nine square blocks of cobblestone streets and restored 19th-century warehouses; the...

Missouri Botanical Garden

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Known locally as Shaw's Garden for founder Henry Shaw, the garden is a 15-minute drive southwest of Downtown. Highlights include a Japanese...

Museum of Westward Expansion

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This museum, below the Gateway Arch, has exhibits on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Native Americans, and animals of the American West.

Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the King

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West of the Gateway Arch is St. Louis's oldest church, a simple Greek Revival structure built in 1834. Mass is still held here daily.

St. Louis Art Museum

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This museum has a celebrated collection of 19th-century American painting, in addition to fine pre-Columbian and German expressionist...

St. Louis Science Center

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The center, located in the southeast part of Forest Park, contains more than 600 hands-on exhibits on ecology, space, and humanity. You'll...

St. Louis Zoo

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Located in Forest Park, this is one of the country's best zoos and a leader in conservation efforts. Natural open-air habitats allow...

St. Raymond's Hall

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But if it's Wednesday and you're in the mood for something different, head to St. Raymond's Hall , a church hall across the street from...

The Magic House

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The kids will have a blast at this hyper-interactive children's museum. Highlights include a hair-raising static ball, a photo-sensitive...


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