Travel & Outdoors

A Guide to Visiting the Arch

January 14, 2011 1:44 PM

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(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Arch completed construction in St. Louis on October 28th, 1965. It has been a must-see landmark ever since, and is the city’s best known and most popular tourist attraction. Spanning an impressive 630 feet tall, this impressive monument weighs in at 17,246 tons. Any visitor to St. Louis should add the Gateway Arch to his or her list – it is simply an attraction that you cannot miss.

There are plenty of things to do at the St. Louis Arch. To get the full experience, you may want to set aside a few days to take in the full experience.

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Getting There

The Gateway Arch is easy to get to from just about anywhere:

By Train
Take the MetroLink, St. Louis’ light rail system, for a direct stop at the arch. The train departs every 10 minutes, allowing for easy access. Board at any MetroLink station in St. Louis, and depart at the Arch-Laclede’s Landing Station. From there, it’s a short walk to the Arch grounds.

By Car
Arriving to the Arch by car is quick and easy, though you likely will have to pay for parking. There are plenty of paid parking garages in the area for your convenience. If you don’t mind walking a bit further, there are also paid meters along the city streets. Directions are simple from just about anywhere:

•    From the East: Take interstate 64 going west. Exit on I-55/70, and cross the Poplar Street Bridge. Take the Memorial Drive Exit, and start looking for parking. There are a number of parking garages available.
•    From the North: Travel east on I-70, and take the Memorial Drive Downtown exit. Keep straight, and then make a left on Chestnut Street. Take a left on Memorial Drive, followed by a right on Washington Avenue. Start looking for parking.
•    From the South: Travel north on I-55 and I-44, and take the Downtown exit. Take the Memorial Drive exit, and find garage parking, which should be on the south side.
•    From the West: Travel east on I-64, and take the Broadway exit. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp, and then make a right onto 8th street. Turn right on Walnut street, followed by a left onto Memorial Drive. Garage parking should be immediately past the Arch.

Tickets

Many attractions at the Gateway Arch require tickets. Fortunately, tickets are not too expensive, especially if you’re traveling with a group.
Gateway Arch Riverfront

Traveling to the top of the Arch is a must. Trams leave every ten minutes.
Adults: $10.00
Children (ages 3-15): $5.00

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Things To Do

Riverboats
Take a scenic ride down the Mississippi River on one of St. Louis’ famous riverboats. Enjoy one of the many dinner cruises the riverboats have to offer.
Skyline Dinner Cruise: Adults: $42-52, Children (ages 3-12): $20, Children under 3: free
One-Hour Cruise: Adults, $14, Children (ages 3-15): $8, Children under 3: free
Sunday Brunch Cruise: Adults: $38, Children (ages 3-12): $18

Bike Rentals
Traveling through the Arch grounds via bicycle is one of the best ways to see the city without getting too tired.
Small Quadcycles (2-4 people): $20/hour
Large Quadcycles (4-6 people): $25/hour
Bicycles (1 person): $15/2 hours

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Restaurants

After a long day exploring everything the Gateway Arch has to offer, unwind and fill your belly with some delicious St. Louis eats. These dining options are steps away from the Gateway Arch.

Arch View Café
This café, located on the Gateway Arch Riverboats Dock, is a great place to stop for a quick bite to eat. Offerings range from sandwiches to chicken strips, and just about everything in between. Box lunches are also available for pick up with advance reservations.

Other Dining Options
Check out some of the other dining options around the Gateway Arch grounds here:

http://www.explorestlouis.com/visitors/eat.asp

Lodging

There are a number of great places to stay that are near the Gateway Arch. Here are some of our favorites.

Hampton Inn Gateway Arch
333 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 621-7900
www.stlouisdowntown.hamptoninn.com
With complimentary breakfast, high speed internet, and more, this Hampton Inn is a great place to stay that is just moments away from the Gateway Arch.

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
315 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 655-1234
www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com
Enjoy state-of-the-art accommodations at this nearby hotel. One can get to the Gateway Arch easily from this hotel; it is steps away.

By Stephanie Shepard
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