"The Arch" -- St. Louis Gateway Arch.
The massive shiny structure welcomes you to the city, reminds you of St. Louis' status as the "Gateway to the West" and invites you to see the view from the top. If you only have time to visit one attraction, do the Arch. Hint: Get your tram tickets in advance; they tend to sell out early in the day.
Tour the historic building where Adolphus Busch manufactured the "King of Beers."
St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team in downtown St. Louis
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
The "New Cathedral" is about a mile from the Saint Louis University campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, some 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Take a tour or attend Mass.
One of St. Louis' newest landmarks is Citygarden, a two-block oasis in the shadows of downtown's high-rises. Walk amid lush landscaping and world-class modern sculpture, get your feet wet in the "spray plaza" or people-watch from the glass-walled gourmet café.
Don't let the name fool you -- this isn't your typical museum. The City Museum is a wonderland for "big kids," with seven-story slides, dizzying jungle gyms and maze-like caverns, most constructed from the city's reclaimed building materials: old bricks, salvaged metal and even abandoned planes!
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Rams football team in downtown St. Louis.
The beautiful 1,371 acres of Forest Park house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse -- not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more.
Just steps away from Saint Louis University, the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis is home to an array of theatres, museums, restaurants and more. Watch a touring Broadway musical, listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or enjoy a contemporary art exhibit.
A touristy area where you can bike, dine, shop, take a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River, and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion or the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for leisurely strolls through rose gardens, the Japanese Garden and more.
The Greek Revival-style courthouse now serves as the home to historic exhibits and the film, The Gateway to the West. The Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Blues hockey team in downtown St. Louis.
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