A Day at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO
Did you know that you can actually go to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis? I didn’t! I thought my husband was insane when he told me that you can go to the top of the St. Louis Arch and look out over the city. I looked online and saw that (for once) he was right, we really could travel to the top of the arch. Oh yeah! Challenge accepted!
The Gateway Arch is the historical monument that symbolizes the western expansion of the U.S. Standing 630 feet tall and made of stainless steel, it is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. Walking up to the arch was quite the experience; pictures can’t do it justice. It was crystal clear the day we visited, and the arch backed up to the blue sky was a beautiful sight that we won’t soon forget.
Inside the St. Louis Arch Elevator
We bought our tickets and crammed our family into two little pods that had five seats each and started our journey to the top. It was claustrophobic, loud, and a little nerve wracking. The big kids had a great time. The little kids, however, were pretty scared, but they survived and loved what was waiting for us at the top of the arch. The ride lasts about five minutes. When you exit you walk up a few stairs and then you are at the top of the arch.
There is no way to really describe how incredible it is to look out the small airplane sized windows and see the whole city. We were fortunate to go to the top of the St. Louis Arch on a beautiful day, and we could see for miles and miles. The kids were all fascinated with the fact that we saw a pool on someone’s roof. Of all the spectacular beauty all around them, they focused on the roof top pool…sigh.
We could stay up there as long as we wanted, at least until the last tram was ready to depart. Once you are finished looking at the view from the top, you take the tram back down.
Other Things to do When You Visit the St. Louis Arch
Your ticket also includes entry to the Monument to the Dream movie, a fascinating 30-minute film about the construction of the St. Louis Arch. If you choose not to go to the top of the arch, admission to the facility and the movie is free for kids and only $3 for adults age 16 and older.
Make sure to visit some of the artifacts and exhibits from the former Museum of Westward Expansion while you are in the area. These are currently located in the Old Courthouse during the construction of the CityArchRiver project. The grand opening of the new park complex will take place during Fair Saint Louis on July 4, 2018.
I think going to the top of the St. Louis Arch is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. I’m so glad we went; it was a very memorable experience.
Where to Stay in St. Louis
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch and Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark are both within a 10-minute walk of the Gateway Arch and convenient to other attractions in downtown St. Louis. There are also several other unique and interesting Hilton hotels in St. Louis.
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