“Gateway to the West”
The Museum of Westward Expansion closed, pending installation of all new museum exhibits. As of March 2, 2015, entry-only ticket or tram ticket required to enter Arch.The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of the United States.A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Arch's base and playing professional photographer, but the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch include the Journey to the Top (the last tram leaves one hour before closing); educational programs (will be housed at the Old Courthouse); award-winning documentary movie, Monument to the Dream; and a gift shop.Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.Note: the address shown is for the Old Courthouse which is acting as the Gateway Arch Ticketing and Visitor Center throughout construction. Pedestrian entrance to the Arch Grounds is at Walnut Street at Memorial Drive or via the Grand Staircase from the riverfront.
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.
So much fun! Sadly they were deep into construction so we missed ALOT, and still had to pay for tickets to get inside.
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