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Gateway Arch

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.


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Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch ¥8,267
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Stadium are also within 15 minutes. 8th and Pine Station is 8 minutes by foot and Arch Lacledes Station is 9 minutes.

    Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch ¥8,089
    Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch

    Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch

    400 Olive St, St. Louis, MO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Convention Complex. Gateway Arch and World Aquarium are also within 10 minutes. Convention Center Station is 6 minutes by foot and 8th and Pine Station is 6 minutes.

      Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch ¥8,923
      Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

      Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

      2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch, and Busch Stadium. Dome at America’s Center and America's Center Convention Complex are also within 15 minutes. 8th and Pine Station is 7 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 9 minutes.

        The Westin St. Louis ¥8,350
        The Westin St. Louis

        The Westin St. Louis

        811 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown St. Louis, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Busch Stadium and Enterprise Center. Dome at America’s Center and Gateway Arch are also within 1 mi (2 km). Stadium Station is only a 2-minute walk and 8th and Pine Station is 8 minutes.

          Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark ¥9,594
          Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

          Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

          1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gateway Arch National Park, Busch Stadium, and Gateway Arch. America's Center Convention Complex and Dome at America’s Center are also within 10 minutes. 8th and Pine Station is 6 minutes by foot and Stadium Station is 8 minutes.

            Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel ¥8,246
            Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

            Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

            421 N 8th St, St. Louis, MO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is steps from Washington Avenue Historic District and America's Center Convention Complex. Dome at America’s Center and Busch Stadium are also within 10 minutes. 8th and Pine Station and Convention Center Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Live by Loews - St.Louis ¥10,334
              Live by Loews - St.Louis

              Live by Loews - St.Louis

              799 Clark ave, St. Louis, MO
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Busch Stadium and America's Center Convention Complex. Enterprise Center and Dome at America’s Center are also within 15 minutes. Stadium Station is only a 2-minute walk and 8th and Pine Station is 6 minutes.

                Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown ¥9,239
                Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown

                Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown

                610 N 7th St, St. Louis, MO
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is steps from Washington Avenue Historic District, America's Center Convention Complex, and Dome at America’s Center. World Aquarium and Lumiere Place Casino are also within 10 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and 8th and Pine Station is 6 minutes.