“Gateway to the West”
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, and officially dedicated to "the American people," the Arch, commonly referred to as "The Gateway to the West" is the centerpiece of the Gateway Arch National Park and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination.
My dad told me before I ever visited that the ride up is something else and he's right. You ride up in these little pods that stop and pivot to get up the arch. It's quite the experience. The other crazy part is the arched floor in the observation deck. How can anyone visit St. Louis and not go up in the arch?! Worth the wait to knock this off your bucket list!
This was my second visit to the arch and again we thoroughly enjoyed the trip - the arch sits beautifully against the St Louis skyline and within a beautiful park. Beneath the park you can visit a museum which walks you through the history of the area or you can go up to the observation deck and look out over both sides of the river. A definite must visit for your trip to St Louis.
This thing is absolutely massive! It is without a doubt in my mind worth the 10 or so dollars to ride in the tiny elevator for the view from the top! Its a must see in st. louis and a place you will most likely not forget as its not something you see everyday!
The area under the arch is great for a picnic or just to hang around with family. The arch tour is very fun! Expect to wait a long while before getting into the tour as people come from all over the country to visit.
Make sure your ready to take photos when you get to the top.
What a great place! The 4 min ride to top was fun cramped and exciting ! Can say we did it now! The inside museum was very educational!
definitely worth a stop. really beautiful up close and very cool view from the top. beware if you are claustrophobic, the tram is like a little egg on the way up and down!
The wait to go up to the top of the Arch was several hours and we couldn't wait. Buy tickets in advance! Also, the museum inside is poorly laid out and confusing to wander through.
A great attraction, perfect for a family visit. Get there early and be sure to buy your tickets in advance if you want to ride up to the top of the Arch, although warning to claustrophobics and tall people that the pods you ride up in are incredibly cramped. Down on the ground, the museum is great and there are two films to see: a documentary about the construction of the arch that impresses with it's dizzying heights, and an IMAX film about the expedition of Lewis and Clark, both well-worth the price of admission.
While there, take a walk over to the Old Courthouse to learn about the Dred Scott case, and also to get some incredible photos of the Arch from a distance.
I was in Awe of the monument the first time I saw it and have been the many visits since! The story of its construction is amaxing in itself. The view from the top is breathtaking and a true must!
Be warned however, the ride to the top is quite confined and not A/C (at least the last we were there) but the ride is not too long of one. Even if you're affraid of heights (which our son is) the ride to the top is a must. The windows are small so it was a pleasant trip for him as he didn't have to peer out the window if he didn't want but still got say he had been to the top of the arch!!!
This is a complete package. The ride up the arch and the view from the top are spectacular, the grounds are beautiful, and the underground museum at the base are all well-worth the stop. It can be a half hour or a whole day, depending on what you're interested in.
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