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Gateway Arch

Vacation Travel Guide
Gateway Arch showing a city, a skyscraper and skyline

Enjoy 360-degree views and learn about the history of St. Louis at this world-famous landmark.

The Gateway Arch is St. Louis’ most recognizable landmark. The 630-foot (192-meter) high stainless steel archway looms high over downtown. Climb to the top for breath-taking 360-degree views of the city. There’s a museum, educational cinema, gift shop and gourmet food store inside the arch.

Stand beneath the monument to get a different perspective on its size; the width at the base is the same as the height. It’s the tallest man-made monument in the U.S.

The Gateway Arch sits at the center of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a park in downtown. Architect Eero Saarinen designed this monument to commemorate Thomas Jefferson, and St. Louis’ role in the U.S. expansion to the west. The Arch was opened to the public in 1967 and since then has been a steady draw for out-of-towners.

Tickets to the top of the arch often sell out during the busy spring and summer months, so make sure to purchase in advance online. An eight-carriage tram takes visitors to the top in lieu of an elevator. There are an additional six flights of stairs to the viewing platform, which isn’t accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. On a clear day, it’s possible to see as far as 30 miles (48 kilometers) from this pinnacle above the city.

The Museum of Westward Expansion, located inside the arch, provides some great photos and information on the construction of this steel marvel. There are also a rich array of displays depicting life in St. Louis in the 1800s, when it was a bustling port city. There are some great details about early pioneers and the U.S. expansion to the west. The museum theater shows two documentaries daily: one about the building of the monument, and the other about the historic expedition of Lewis and Clark. Pick up souvenirs at the museum gift shop, and gourmet food and home wares at the Levee Mercantile shop, both at the bottom of the arch.

The Gateway Arch is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a short walk from central Washington Avenue, where there are hotels, shops and restaurants, and is well-serviced by trains and buses.

Top Hotels Close to Gateway Arch

Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
4 out of 5
400 Olive St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,494 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Dome at America’s Center, and America's Center ...
3.8/5Good! (962 reviews)
"Everyone was nice!"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥16,377 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch, and World Aquarium. Dome at America’s Center and Busch ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,204 reviews)
"Found a battery and other random trash on floor. Fridge did not work. Parking was $36/night for on site parking (not valet). No pool."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 out of 5
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,775 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch, and World Aquarium. Dome at America’s Center and America's ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,845 reviews)
"Staff was excellent. Good location. Room was clean. Breakfast was awesome. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
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Best Lodging Options Near Gateway Arch

Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
421 N 8th St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥13,900 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥16,377 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 out of 5
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,775 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
4 out of 5
400 Olive St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,494 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
4 out of 5
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥18,940 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
610 N 7th St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥16,653 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Live by Loews - St.Louis
Live by Loews - St.Louis
3.5 out of 5
799 Clark ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥17,403 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Live by Loews - St.Louis
The Westin St. Louis
The Westin St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
811 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,777 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
The Westin St. Louis
Marriott St. Louis Grand
Marriott St. Louis Grand
4 out of 5
800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥16,926 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 13
Marriott St. Louis Grand
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.