Travel ideas and transportation destinations in St. Louis
St. Louis is certainly an iconic American city and your trip here will be anything but dull. You of course will want to see the world famous St. Louis Gateway Arch while you’re in town but there is much more to this city that you won’t want to miss out on. The St. Louis metropolitan area is made up of the city and it’s surrounding areas in Missouri and Illinois so you’ll have a lot of ground to cover. St. Louis is a port city located on the Mississippi River, which forms the border between Missouri and Illinois. It is along the river’s western bank that the city of St. Louis sits.
St. Louis is known for its finger-lickin’ good barbecue so make sure at least one of your meals includes a trip to the Soulard district which is home to some of the city’s finest barbecue restaurants. If you are a sports fan you can see the St. Louis Cardinals game or a St. Louis Blue Jays game while you are in town. The St. Louis Zoo and the City Museum are also must see attractions while you are here. No matter what you choose to do, one thing is for sure; you will enjoy your time in the Gateway to the West.
St. Louis is one of the biggest cities in the country, boasting an iconic skyline with the Gateway Arch and a massive 600-foot archway being the focal point. Known for its exciting clubs and unforgettable blues music, the city is one of the biggest tourist attractions in America, and for good reason.
There are a number of free attractions to choose from in St. Louis. You can choose from the Science Center, Art Museum and Anheuser-Busch Brewery. The Missouri Botanical Garden sprawls just under eighty acres and includes a 14 acre Japanese garden. It was the home of Henry Shaw in the 1850s and happens to have the most rare and large collection of endangered orchids in the country. You could treat yourself to a panoramic view at the Gateway Arch, which spans the Mississippi River. You could ride a tram to the top to the Observation Deck.
Saint Louis Art Museum
→ The museum building, which is located in Forest Park, stands three stories high and is a veritable treasure trove of history and culture.
→ The museum has featured exhibitions as well as regular exhibitions of art. It has quite a lot to offer and is an amazing place to see on your visit.
Missouri Botanical Garden
There are numerous cultural festivals held in the garden annually. Some of the popular annual festivals hosted here include Chinese Culture Day and the Japanese Festival so be sure to check the schedule and see what’s going on the day of your visit. The garden is also adjacent to Garden Grove Park, another famed legacy of Shaw you may want to stop by to see after you leave Shaw Garden.
→ If you have children with you there is even a children’s garden that features a pioneer village, a water locking system and a fountain area that they will love.
→ Some of the gardens that are found in the institution include the Linnean House, Gladney Rose Garden, Climatron and there are several other amazing gardens.
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis Zoo
|Flying into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport|
The St. Louis International Airport underwent a series of massive improvements in 2016, making it one of the most modern and efficient facilities around. With a series of fun restaurants, fun shops as well as an easy-to-understand parking area, the airport is definitely top notch.
|Lambert Airport Transportation|
Because the Lambert Airport is 10 miles northwest of downtown, getting where you need to go is a bit of a trek, so make sure you have a transportation plan ahead of time. That isn’t to say the airport isn’t prepared for ground transportation – with rental services located on the lower level of Terminal 1, high availability of downtown shuttles, and public transportation offered by MetroLink, St Louis International makes it as easy as cake to get around.
|Nearby hotels in St. Louis|
The Westin St. Louis is one of the fanciest hotels in the city, yet still manages to offer sleek rooms for a little over $100. With a spa and a trendy restaurant downstairs, not to mention complimentary lobby Wi-Fi, The Westin is definitely a lot of people’s first choice. For a more classic option, visit Magnolia Hotel St. Louis for free breakfast as well as prime location on 8th street.
|St. Louis Restaurants|
For some down-home barbeque that St. Louis is oh-so known for, visit Pappy’s Smokehouse for a delicious plate of ribs, among other dining options. For a fancier occasion, visit Brasserie by Niche, a French restaurant that has the interesting juxtaposition of a Parisian setting.
|Things to do in St. Louis|
If you’ve run out of things to do in St. Louis, then you’re probably not looking hard enough. For a nice afternoon walk or picnic, visit Forest Park, a huge park that includes its own zoo and science center. If you’d be entertained, see a local performance at The Fox Theatre, a chain of venues that always manages to look unique.