St. Louis, also known as The Gateway City, is a bustling and energetic center for the Missouri State and attracts millions of visitors each year. Whether you are passing through on business or are bringing the family on a road trip, St. Louis has plenty of attractions, culture, exhibitions, and quirky activities to suit everyone’s tastes.
A visit to the Gateway City has to start with The Arch. Erected in 1965, the soaring silver Gateway Arch is now one of the most iconic sites in St. Louis. It stands at a neck-creaking 630ft high and symbolizes St. Louis’ historical involvement as the ‘Gateway to the West’. Confront your fear of heights on a tram ride to the top of the Arch.
On your decent from The Arch, make a stop at the historic Old Courthouse. It serves as a welcome center for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park and hosts free activities all day long. Whether you want to take part in a ranger-led talk around the grounds, visit the exhibit galleries, sit inside a restored courtroom, or take the kids to an interactive presentation and crafting activity, the Old Courthouse offers plenty of events to keep you occupied.
Where else in the world can you be immersed in culture and history in a refurbished shoe factory and slip down a seven-story slide at the same time? Only in St. Louis! City Museum is the first stop you should make if you are a fan of the wild and the wacky. Start your visit through the rooms of The Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem, and end with a trip on the rooftop Ferris wheel (during the summer months). It offers spectacular views of the city.
However, for a real touch of history, pay a visit to the Missouri History Museum. It showcases the story of the city of St. Louis and highlights some historical greats such as the World’s Fair, Charles Lindbergh, and a collection of the finest musical bluesmen that originated in the area. Running through to next summer, the Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis exhibit explores the local history of this iconic highway. It is well worth a visit, especially if you are planning any road trips in the area.
In case you want to escape the hustle and bustle of St. Louis, take refuge in Forest Park. This is the Missouri equivalent of New York’s Central Park. The park is home to some of the city’s biggest cultural attractions, such as the St. Louis Zoo, the Art Museum, and The Science Center, and attracts over 12 million visitors each year. But do not worry, with almost 1,300 acres to explore, there are plenty of quiet green corners that feel like you are miles away from the bustling city.
Hit the road and go explore the wonderful sights of St. Louis from the peace and comfort of your own car. You can start right away from St. Louis Airport with your road trip. We at Orbitz can help you pick the right car for your next trip to suit your own travel style and budget.