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Historic Walking Tour Of St. Louis

June 9, 2014 7:00 AM

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Our present day St. Louis is the culmination of great development and historical events. Even most who have spent their entire lives here are unaware of some of the great historical treasures right under their noses. Take a stroll through St. Louis and its surrounding towns and get to know some of the rich history that makes the region a great place in which to live.

St. Louis Walking Tours
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 368-8818
www.stlouiswalkingtours.com

Maureen Kavanaugh has dedicated her passion to seeking out St. Louis’ best bratwurst, Revolutionary War site, best sky-scraper and riverside prairie view. She knows the best secrets to the beginnings of some of our most historical figures and some of the most interesting St. Louis trivia you have ever heard. Let her share some of this great history with you on a St. Louis Walking Tour. There is such a wide variety of tours to choose from that you can schedule tours anytime of the year and never hit the same venues twice. Walk the Colonial Village and the St. Louis Mounds, The Old Cathedral and more. Perhaps you might enjoy the Skyscraper Central Tour with all of the great background on great buildings like Metropolitan Square and the Frisco Building. Walking tours usually last 2.5 hours while coach tours are a great way to spend the entire day. Try a Haunting St. Loius tour or a Taste of St. Louis for a night of culinary delight. Personalized walking tours, for you and three friends, start at $60. Group rates are also available.

Glide St. Louis Tours
St. Louis, MO
(314) 868-7386
www.glidestlouistours.com

It may not exactly be a walking tour of St. Louis, but it is the most unique tour you will ever take of this fair city. In fact, it’s more fun than you can have on two wheels, and we’re not talking bicycles. It’s a Segway tour, and it’s a great way to see the city. Cover more historical ground in a morning or afternoon tour than you could on any walking tour and have a blast while taking in the sights. The guides are some of the most knowledgeable about the city that you will find, and they make St. Louis history fun. Just some of the great tours available are trips around the Historic Soulard and Lafayette Square Neighborhoods, Bellefontaine Cemetery, Tours of the Holiday Lights Display and tours of Forest Park. The Downtown St. Louis City Tour covers all of the great highlights of Kiener Plaza, City Hall, Busch Stadium and more. At $69.95 per person, you can’t get a more comprehensive tour of the area or have any more fun doing it. Call today to schedule your tour.

City of St. Charles Walking Tour
Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau-Tourism Center
230 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 946-7776
www.stcharlescitymo.gov

Did you know St. Charles was Missouri’s first state capitol? Historic, cobble-stoned Main Street is lined with original buildings on the Missouri riverfront, which was a key settlement during early expansion of the United States. Lewis and Clark first arrived here in 1803 as they explored the Louisiana Territory. Stop in at the Visitors Bureau and pick up a map with all of the important highlights of the area. Or perhaps you may prefer an audio tour with a pre-loaded iPod, 18-stop, 90-minute guided exploration. Even if you have strolled Main Street before, you are sure to learn something new each time you enjoy this tour. The Bureau is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It’s a great way to spend the day with the family.

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Jefferson Barracks Historic Park
345 North Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314) 544-5714
www.stlouisco.com

Take a day to enjoy one of St. Louis’ most historic parks and stroll though beautiful landscapes, museums and scenery on a self-guided tour. Jefferson Barracks Park, in St. Louis County, is rich with history, as it is one of the area’s first military installations dating back to the Mexican War. Learn about why JB is considered one of the most important installations in the United States. In fact, men from this post have served in every major war. The Powder Magazine Museum displays the post’s long and colorful history. After your museum tour, take a hike on one of the marked trails. Enjoy the scenery enjoyed by the brave men who walked the area during the founding of the post. The park is open daily at 8 a.m. until a half-hour after sunset.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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