Written by Janet Steinberg, this excerpt about traveling in St. Louis is from the first of her three-part series, “Missouri: The ‘Show-Me State’ Has Shown Me,” written for The Travel Authority Travel Blog. Links to the second and third parts of her series, focusing on Lake of the Ozarks and Jefferson City, also are below.
I’ve strolled, sailed, or driven, beneath some of the most famous man-made arches in the world. To name a few… the Arc de Triumph in Paris, France…Gateway to India in Mumbai, India…Brandenberg Gate in Berlin, Germany…Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy…Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain…Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon, Portugal…Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia…and the playful yellow arches of McDonald Restaurants around the world.
But try as they may, no other arch does it better than the soaring 630-foot Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Clad in stainless steel, this iconic arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, and the world’s tallest arch. Designed by renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates the westward expansion of the United States. This internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, was completed on October 28, 1965.
Janet Steinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an award-winning travel writer and travel consultant at ALTOUR. At the Spring-2014 Midwest Travel Writers Association meeting in St. Louis, she was honored with two prestigious Mark Twain awards for her travel columns.