Finally, the St. Louis Arch. I may have not been the biggest fan of St. Louis. Maybe it started with my check-in to a downtown hotel at 9 p.m. when the staff told me”Hello sir, downtown St. Louis isn’t like a lot of other cities, it really isn’t safe to travel around alone downtown and nothing is open. We suggest you stay inside and order room service.” Nice. I was there for work, so no biggie. Worked with the St. Louis Cardinals on a project, they were amazing. My room had a nice view of the Arch, which was impressive. I saw that Arch and I knew I had to play tourist and go to the top.
At an astounding 630-feet tall, the magnificent Gateway Arch remains the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. Its unique shape and stainless steel facade remarkably represent the history made in the city of St. Louis. An enclosed tram inside the Arch takes you to the top, where you will experience breathtaking views of modern St. Louis – up to 30 miles in each direction on a clear day. Along with the surrounding Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Gateway Arch opens up a world of history about how St. Louis served as the Gateway to the West for early settlers.
I walked over and explored the museum beneath the Arch and took some pictures. Kind of snoozy, just my opinion. The ride to the top was via these 4-seat pods. I never even know people went up to the top of the thing. Nice views, to be expected.
Would I choose St. Louis as my next vacay spot? Probably not. However, I’m glad I can say I’ve been there and I would explore more of the city if I was there again for some reason. Go cards!