If you want your Instagram followers to know that you’re deep in the heartland enjoying the city of St. Louis, there are some highlights you need to be sure to capture. As an added bonus, collecting these shots will take you all over the city and you are guaranteed to have a great time.
City Museum
750 N 16th St,
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 231-2489
www.citymuseum.org

St. Louis’s one-of-a-kind museum is a wonderland of gritty creativity. A selfie in front of the giant whale and the view from inside a climbing tube high above the city are STL essential shots. While you’re at the Museum, you can check out an indoor circus show, have lunch or a drink and exercise your body and mind. City Museum is a favorite of both children and adults, but it really excels at bringing your inner child out to play. Use your creativity to feature that inner child in your Instagram feed.

St. Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 781-0900
www.stlzoo.org

One of the most Instagrammed locations in the city is the local zoo. And why not? Admission to most of the Zoo is free, and you’ll end up with shots of yourself cavorting with giraffes, penguins, and gorillas. How cool is that? Pro Tip: It’s worth paying a couple of bucks to get into the Children’s Zoo area. That’s where the really interactive stuff happens. There you’ll splash in fountains, feed colorful birds, frolic with otters, and pet wild creatures. Instagram gold! While you’re in Forest Park, you might want a shot of Saint Louis himself, in the form of an iconic statue in front of the Art Museum.

Gateway Arch
11 North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
(877) 982-1410
www.gatewayarch.com

Of course, you need a shot of the Arch. If you stand in front of the Old Courthouse, you’ll get a nice photo with the Courthouse’s domed roof echoing the Arch behind it. But the best photos of the Arch are taken from underneath it, looking upward. The Arch stands in a park like setting right on the riverfront, so it’s a nice place to spend a pretty day trying out different angles. Did you know you can go up inside the Arch too? You’ll need to buy a ticket and allow a few hours to wait in line and ride up in some very retro little elevator cars, but the view from above is fascinating.

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Busch Stadium
700 Clark Ave
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 345-9600
www.stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com

St. Louis is a baseball town, pure and simple. On game days, the streets and MetroLink cars are a sea of red t-shirts as fans make their way to the stadium, which is truly the heart of the city. If you don’t want to buy a ticket, you can get in free after the 7th inning and still get a shot of the game. Or just visit Ballpark Village, the entertainment and dining complex next to the stadium, and photograph the fans in all their Cardinal regalia.

Bogart’s Smokehouse
1627 S. 9th St
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 621-3107
www.bogartssmokehouse.com

Need a food-gram that screams St. Louis? Then you need some smoky ribs, dripping with barbecue sauce. You’ll find them at several locations around the city, but Bogart’s is a local favorite (expect to stand in line if you come on a weekend). Bogart’s is right next door to Soulard Market, the oldest continually operating outdoor market west of the Mississippi. Everything from live chickens to artisanal cheeses is for sale at Soulard, and the market attracts a dazzling mixture of immigrants and locals. Activity is slow during the week, but on Saturday mornings, the joint is jiving.

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Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at http://www.thesoulofajourney.com.