A View of St. Louis, From the River to the Sky

Riverboat 2St. Louis, a city known for its museums, theatres, Cardinals baseball, and great nightlife, has much to offer its visitors. And when it comes to amusing activities that offer a lot of variety for family trips, the city certainly isn’t lacking in options.

A recent trip to St. Louis offered the opportunity to experience the atmosphere all over again, to get a fresh take on the city, and to learn more about fun activities for the whole family.

The Gateway Arch is a great place to start, as it offers a magnificent history lesson and an unparalleled view of St. Louis. Having its doors open since 1967, the Gateway Arch has received visitors from all over the world, so why not visit an iconic monument right in your backyard? And if the kids are looking for something a little more exciting, you can always take a ride to the top.

Great shot of the ArchRiding a tram to the top of the Arch allows you to see the inner workings of the structure and the opportunity to try something different. Be a little adventurous and ride to the top, you won’t be disappointed. If you think the tram ride is cool, wait until you see the spectacular view from atop the Arch. The journey to the top brings you 630 feet above the city and allows you to overlook downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River.

The Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruise is another great experience waiting for you on the Mississippi River, and it’s located right next to the Arch. The cruise makes for a relaxing time after trekking all over the city looking at sights, and it’s suitable for all ages, so you can even bring the little ones.

You can cruise down the Mississippi river on a 19th century paddle-wheel boat for an hour taking in the sights, or you can opt for the skyline dinner cruise, where you enjoy a wonderful dinner and live music. Either way you are winning; a nice cruise along the Mississippi is a fun time.

No matter what you want to do, it’s a safe bet you can find it in St. Louis.

Special thanks to Laura Tobey and Karen Bollinger for arranging this visit to the Gateway Arch and Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises.

Written by Brittney Mormann, summer intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism. 

Eat in Downtown St. Louis

Eat in Downtown St. Louis

Here are just a few of the many places to grab a bite in Downtown St. Louis:

Imo’s Pizza

Baileys’ Range

Mike Shannon’s Steak and Seafood

Charlie Gitto’s Downtown

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