Sunsets are one of nature’s beautiful gifts. The western sky fills with flaming shades of red, yellow and gold, reflecting off the clouds in a colorful end to the day. Though you may not be able to enjoy the wonder of a sunset in your neighborhood, there are many places in the St. Louis area to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
The Gateway Arch
200 Washington Ave.
St Louis, MO 63102
As winter draws near, the days shorten and sunsets begin as early as 5 p.m. The Gateway Arch offers two ways to watch the sunset on the Mississippi River. First, ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, open until 6 p.m. during the winter months, to enjoy a full-blown sunset experience. You can see 30 miles from the top of the Gateway Arch, and see a spectacular view of downtown St. Louis and the setting sun. You can also see the sunset shimmer off the metal of the Arch as you sit beneath the Gateway Arch.
The Loading Dock
401 E. Front St.
Grafton, IL 62037
Grafton, Illinois is located west of St. Louis at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers. The sun glinting off the Mississippi and the wide expanse of sky make this a great place to watch a sunset. The Loading Dock in Grafton offers a view of the Mississippi River, great food and great sunsets. You can sit inside or outside (weather permitting), feasting on the burgers, catfish nuggets and chicken strips.
Top of the Riverfront
Millennium Hotel St. Louis
200 S. 4th St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Enjoy an elegant dinner while you watch the sunset. St. Louis’ only revolving rooftop restaurant offers a romantic setting to watch a sunset. Located on the 28th floor of the Millennium Hotel, the Top of the Riverfront offers ambiance, great food and an opportunity to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or have a romantic date night.
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The Grand Basin in Forest Park
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
The Grand Basin in Forest Park is directly below Art Hill and the St. Louis Art Museum. The Grand Basin, with its glistening water and fountains, offers the vantage point as the sun sets behind the St. Louis Art Museum. You can visit the Boathouse in Forest Park to rent paddle boats or canoes and boat into the Grand Basin. The Grand Basin has plenty of walkways and viewing points where you can have a picnic dinner while enjoying the spectacular spacious view of the sunset.
4600 Highway 94 S.
Augusta, MO 63332
Klondike Park, located on the Katy Trail, offers a perfect location for hikers, cyclists and sightseers to watch the Missouri sunset. From the bluff near the Curt Loupe Conference Center, you can see the entire landscape of the park, including the Katy Trail, Missouri River valley and the surrounding countryside. The park has spacious picnic areas, camping, fishing and a leash-free dog park for everyone to enjoy as they wait for the setting sun.
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