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St. Louis, MO
Travel Guide

Gateway Arch which includes a monument, a sunset and a city

From paddleboats to sculpture parks, and breweries to the blues, it’s easy to catch the spirit of St. Louis.

St. Louis, known as the Gateway to the West, is an eclectic mixture of Southern charm and Midwest sensibility. Historic neighborhoods with cobblestone streets balance a modern downtown that glistens with sport stadiums, nightclubs and luxury apartments. Blues and jazz giants Chuck Berry and Miles Davis were born here and helped put St. Louis’ thriving club scene on the musical map.

St. Louis’ signature monument, the 630-foot-high (192-meter) Gateway Arch, is the perfect place for newcomers to find their bearings. Ride the tram to the peak for stunning views of the city’s neighborhoods. The surrounding Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park offers a great view into the past with the Old Courthouse and the Museum of Westward Expansion.

Home to Native Americans for centuries before the French arrived in the late 1600s, St. Louis steadily developed into an important trading town and port. The city came into its golden age in 1904 when it hosted both the Summer Olympics and the World’s Fair. A period of decline in the 1950s was followed by successive rejuvenation projects that returned St. Louis to prosperity. To fully appreciate the history of this gutsy city, set aside a day for the Missouri History Museum, the Museum of Transportation and the quirky City Museum.

The Grand Center is the cultural hub, bustling with tourists and locals enjoying the galleries, theaters and concert halls. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is a renown creative center for visual, literary and performing arts. The nearby Laumeier Sculpture Park provides a tranquil setting for art lovers: dozens of sculptures are displayed within the 100-acre (40-hectare) woodland.

For family fun, check out the Magic House-St. Louis’ Children’s Museum, and then unwind in the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Foodies flock to The Hill, the Italian neighborhood where you’ll find St. Louis specialties like butter cake and deep-fried toasted ravioli.

In the evening, head to one of the many bars at Laclede’s Landing or in the Delmar Loop. Grab a Budweiser, which has a brewery in St. Louis, and keep your ears peeled for Chuck Berry, who, in his late eighties, still performs regularly.

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Where to stay in St. Louis

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 ¥15,219 per night from May 27 to May 27
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! (3,365 reviews)

Reviewed on May 10, 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 ¥14,780 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,830 reviews)
"The hotel itself is very nice. The parking garage had a low clearance (6’8”) so I had to remove my roof-top cargo box."

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,496 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown Clayton, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saint Louis Galleria Mall, Washington University, and The Loop. Forest Park and St. Louis Zoo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,132 reviews)
"Beautiful lobby, the entire hotel was very clean. We got an upgrade when we arrived. The room was excellent and updated, comfortable bed (even the pull out couch was comfy). The staff were polite and accommodating. As far as amenities go, we didn’t get a chance to try the diner but the pool and game ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
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.
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
3 out of 5
15431 Conway Rd, Chesterfield, MO
The price is ¥11,715 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Westfield Chesterfield Mall, and Faust Park. Governor Bates ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (845 reviews)
"Communication was great, needed an ADA accessible room messaged ahead through Expedia, they responded on a timely matter and updated my reservation room. Cleanliness was great. I had read reviews before staying here, we used the sofa bed so knew I had to ask for extra sheets at front desk. Which ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
3.5 out of 5
917 Locust St, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥6,131 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Washington Avenue Historic District and America's Center Convention Complex. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"The property was very clean and had everything we needed. The bed was surprisingly comfortable. The area was a bit sketchy at night. Our biggest complaint was that the apartment absolutely reeked of marijuana from the time we walked in until we left."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
Located in DeBaliviere Place, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo ...
4.4/5Excellent! (50 reviews)
Good clean place, nice area
"The only drawback was that the listing wasn’t clear about whether or not the pool was open. We were there in April and the pool was closed even though we had one sunny hot day in the 80s. Everything else was exceptional - would stay here again."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
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.

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Reviews of St. Louis

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Jun 5, 2020

I grew up on the Illinois side of St. Louis. I have always enjoyed going to St. Louis to see the Arch, Bush Gardens, Stadium and Brewery. I have been to the Science Museum multiple times and would go again. I love the Magic House.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 4, 2020

was nice was down there during the rioting that we had to avoid but was nice

5/5 - Excellent

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May 31, 2020

St Louis is a great place to visit!

3/5 - Okay

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May 30, 2020

Words can't express how I feel about town because I don't know what to feel

3/5 - Okay

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May 29, 2020

Didn't really get to do much due to Covid 19 so a lot of places were closed

5/5 - Excellent

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May 26, 2020

Great town.

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