The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.
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“Gateway to the West”
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.
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 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!
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 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.
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.
Breathtaking. So much bigger than I'd imagined and the view from the top is something else - not to mention the ride to it.
Beautiful park grounds beneath the arch and a really fun and retro trip up to the top! Definitely worth then stopping for.
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.
Worth the stop but we made the mistake of going on a Sunday while there was a football game later that day. All the parking lots and garages were game-day prices and not worth it. It was worthwhile to drive into the city just to see it!
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!!!
The size of the arch and it's vantage point from almost everywhere in the city, makes the Arch a must visit. The base has a beautiful walking path and park around it and their is an elevator if you want a view of the city from the top - and a great local history museum underneath. Well worth the visit!
Really cool, definitely worth doing once. Make reservations on line and you don't have to wait!
Beautiful from the inside and out. Word of warning---if you are claustrophobic even slightly you will not enjoy the ride to the top!
I've never take the ride on the tiny elevator up to the top (reading the other comments about it has made me very jealous, though...) but just the looks of it from the outside is a really cool/unique site. This is THE icon in St. Louis, and you can't really go to the city with at least seeing it from a distance. Though I've never done it, it sounds like the tour is a must...
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.
The view is well worth the cramped ride up and down!
Such a cool place. Was a blast
A must see especially for kids. A very cool ride up in the pod!
Try not to touch the Arch in the middle of the summer... it gets hot... :P
We went during the construction, but of a walk but fun! It's a must if only a once in a lifetime! Plus it's a national park!
If you're in St. Louis the top of the Arch is a must do! Plan on the visit taking a while though. We did the Journey to the Top and got on our tram 50 minutes later than our ticket time. The kids were very restless waiting in line that whole time (as were we!). The whole area is under construction, making it hard to get around but still worth the visit.
The Jazz festival was this weekend so the crowds were larger than normal. What a must see sight, and get a small but amazing history lesson. Make sure to order your pod tickets to the top hours ahead or you won't get to go up. We learned our lesson for next time!
A bit under construction at the moment, but was a cool site to see during our lunch time pit stop. "Grab the arch and hang on!" photo stop.
A bit of a pain to get to with all the construction going on at the moment, and it's very popular, so this stop will add a couple hours to your trip, at least. It's the tallest US monument at 630 ft high. The little elevator cars are not for anyone with claustrophobia!
I only drove past it, but it was beautiful from every angle. Next time I'm in St. Louis I would love to go inside.
Must visit. There was a nice field of grass right next to / under the arch.
There are major renovations going on in and around the arch right now (July 2016). While you can still go up in the Arch the museum is closed. The grounds around the arch are torn up and not accessible. You buy tickets at the old courthouse, about a block from the actual arch. All that being said, it is still worth the time and effort to go up in this engineering marvel that is over 50 years old now. The view over the city and the river front is wonderful (and even more impressive if you happen to be up there when a storm comes through like we were).
My favorite part of St. Louis. The ride to the top is worth it. Unlike others, I did not have to wait more than 30 minutes. I bought my tickets and by the time I walked to the arch and used the restroom, we were boarding the tram. You do have to go through security and no food or drinks are allowed. As you ride in the small pods to the top, you can see the steps you'd use to have to climb to make it to the top. The views are gorgeous and they are renovating the area around the arch. They are nice areas to sit riverfront as well and vendors selling drinks and lemonade. Check out the exhibits in the old courthouse, which is where you purchase your tickets.
Construction going on! We could not go into the Arch.
Hands down a must - the tour guide was brief yet informational. My teenagers really thought this was a great stop! Took tons of photos! The park area is under total construction. Parking is not close so plan ahead and it's a good long walk once you enter the grounds. The cruise looks really nice but not in 100 degree heat-the evening tour prob would be delightful. The atmosphere DT was great too.
If you're skipping going up to the top, you don't really need to buy tickets to access the building. No one checked. Plus you don't have to bother w the time scheduled; it's more of a guideline than a rule.
There a few movies within the arch that play every 45min that last 30min. There are also 2 trams (north and south) to access the top, go around to the south (shorter line) since every one that passes thru security gets dumped at the north.
Prepare to walk a distance around the construction to the far side where the visitors center is until the park is completed.
Super fun but I couldn't get past the swaing.
Very fun... But currently a lot of construction going on.
Glad I did it but oh those tiny little pods
Unfortunately it is all closed of for construction and so forth. 😢 definitely going to make a trip back sometime soon to have the full experience.
Definitely a must-visit place! The ride up made me nervous, but I'm glad I did it!
Just loved getting a pic of this famous landmark on our Route 66 trip!
Beautiful architecture in the city and a wonderful landmark. When we arrived, however, there was no sign indicating that the ticket booth was closed. We walked all the way to the arch, figuring that maybe they'd be selling tickets on site instead, but we were rudely informed that they were obviously sold out. There could have been signs, an employee in the parking lot could have told us this, and the guards could have been nicer about it.
Didn't get to go up and grounds are under construction, but still a must see!
As of Friday August 7th, the whole area (blocks & blocks in every direction) is under construction. You can't get anywhere near it unless you buy tickets to actually go up in it. You can get a good view of it from the courthouse (where you but the tickets) but your photo won't be great because there are tons of cranes and construction equipment all around. We wasted a good couple of hours stopping here trying to just show our kids and snap a photo. And there's nowhere very kid friendly to eat nearby.
The view is great and it is cool to see the history. The park was under construction so the museum was closed that was unfortunate. My girls were a little freaked out at the top but agreed it was worth the trip.
The arch was cool! Ride up was a little sketch but neat none the less.
Really nice area to sit and look at the river too. Currently the surrounding roads are under construction but the walk isn't bad.
We went late at night, we got in about an hour before closing. Unfortunately we had to rush through the museum. I would of really liked to spend a couple hours there and also watch the movie they had about Louis and Clark.
The ride up the arch was something out of a 1960's science fiction movie. You go to the summit in cramped little slow moving "portals" (best way I can describe it). The views at the top are good but restricted due to angle and construction of the windows.
Excellent experience. Scared me silly but worth it. 😉
Journey to the top is a must! Great view and the ride up is a real experience. Buy your tickets online and early. Rides sell out quickly.
I love this city and the arch is amazing! Get there early if you want to go up- the line can get long- but if you go as a "single rider" you jump to the front of the line. When I came into town (just passing through on my cross country trip- I just sat in the grass under the arch for 5 hours. Watching the setting sun reflect on the arch was breathtaking. I loved it. Going up was crazy! So oddly futuristic in a very retro kind of way..... It was a clear day and I could see 30 miles! Unfortunately the arch is in St Louis- so the view was underwhelming. Everything else was just amazing.
So scary but so happy I did it despite my fears! Highly suggest pre purchasing your ticket!
Awesome, but be aware the surrounding park is currently under construction so it's hard to find the entrance
Pretty cool to see, just for the historical significance behind it. There was a surprisingly cool museum there as well, and if you're there you might as well go to the observation deck. The only downside was the construction taking place all around the area, making it hard to navigate and appreciate. Worth a stop though.
Great view of the city and the river. This is a must go your your trip!
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