See the Gateway Arch
The most iconic symbol of the city is the Gateway Arch rising 630 feet high. Finished in 1963 as a monument to the nation's westward expansion, the stainless-steel clad arch sits at the very site of the city's founding on the west bank of the Mississippi river
And yes, you can go up to an observation deck. There are stairs, an elevator that will take you about halfway up, and trams that will take you all the way. Tickets are on sale in the visitors center.
Visit the City Museum
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects including chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes! The brainchild of artist Bob Cassilly, it opened in 1977.
The City Museum is open 9AM to 5PM Mon.-Thur., and Fri. and Sat. 9AM to midnight.
Eat some St. Louis-style BBQ
It is a long-standing dispute between Kansas City, Memphis and St. Louis over who has the best BBQ in the Midwest. But you'll never know for sure if you don't sample them all!
Some of the most acclaimed BBQ restaurants within the city limits include Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street), Bogart's Smokehouse (1627 South Ninth Street) and The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Ave).
Go for a walk in Forest Park
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Once home to the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It attracts 12 million visitors a year with its scenic walking and biking trails. (The picture above is from the U.S. Olympic Team marathon trials). Other points of interest include the Jewel Box, a beautiful greenhouse filled with magnificent floral displays, the golf courses and the World’s Fair Pavilion.
Take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery
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Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood is the Anheuser-Busch Company's oldest brewery. The site was selected based on its access to the Mississippi River, the large presence of German immigrants in the 1800’s, and the natural cave formations that were used to store beer prior to artificial refrigeration.
The brewery boasts an array of signature tours and attractions as well as venues like the Biergarten and signature experiences like the Day Fresh and Beermaster Tours. The brewery is located at 12th and Lynch Street, hours are Mon.- Thurs. 9AM to 5PM, Fri.-Sat. 9AM to 7PM, and Sun. 11:30AM to 5PM.