St. Louis

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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  • 1. Gateway Arch

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    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...Read More

  • 2. American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

    Frontenac | Museum/Gallery

    Dog-related art, special exhibits, videos, and educational programs are displayed in the Greek Revival Jarville House mansion (built in 1853...Read More

  • 3. Anheuser-Busch Brewery

    Soulard | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    St. Louis is home to Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer and the maker of Budweiser beer. Tours of the brewery at the company's world...Read More

  • 4. Busch Stadium

    Downtown | Sports Venue

    South of the Old Courthouse is Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. ...Read More

  • 5. Cathedral of St. Louis

    Central West End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A mind-boggling collection of mosaics covers the walls, ceilings, and three domes of this amazing cathedral, which is also known as the New...Read More

  • 6. City Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This institution is unlike any museum you've been to before. You can crawl through fish-head trees, participate in a real circus, and escape...Read More

  • 7. Forest Park

    City Park

    On the western edge of town is this well-known park, whose grounds include the city zoo, the art museum, an outdoor ice skating rink, an outdoor...Read More

  • 8. Grant's Farm

    South County | Zoo/Aquarium

    Attractions at this favorite of St. Louis children include a 160-acre petting zoo, education-based elephant and bird shows, an animal preserve...Read More

  • 9. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park

    Downtown | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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 Old Courthouse...Read More

  • 10. Laclede's Landing

    Historic District/Site

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

  • 11. Missouri Botanical Garden

    Shaw | Garden

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

  • 12. Museum of Westward Expansion

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the King

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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. ...Read More

  • 14. St. Louis Art Museum

    Forest Park | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. St. Louis Science Center

    Forest Park | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 16. St. Louis Zoo

    Forest Park | Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 17. St. Raymond's Hall

    Restaurant

    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...Read More

  • 18. The Magic House

    Kirkwood | Historic Home

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

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