There are so many things to do that your only question will be what to see in downtown St. Louis. Known as the Gateway to the West, downtown St Louis is the home of some great museums and historical sights. Give yourself a day or two to enjoy everything St Louis has to offer!
Below is a short list of sites we love to visit when we go to downtown St. Louis. St. Louis has a rich history as virtually every settler going west staged out of St. Louis before moving out west in the 19th century.
At the heart of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park lies the city’s most recognizable symbol, known as the Gateway Arch. The 625 feet high monument is the tallest in the country.
There’s a tram ride to the top of the observation platform that gives a beautiful view of the Gateway City. You can learn about the history of the Gateway City and its role in the westward expansion.
Onsite, there’s a gift shop, the Arch Cafe, a museum to learn about the history of the Native Americans, pioneers and explorers who passed through St. Louis.
This massive domed building is located near Market Street and has been part of some of the most critical trials in the nation. The Old Courthouse has witnessed a lot of high-profile cases since the mid-1800s, from the case of Dred Scott’s freedom from slavery to Suffragist Virginia Louisa Minor fight for voting rights for all U.S. citizens. Aside from its historical importance, the Old Courthouse now exhibits some of the Museum of Westward Expansions arts.
Known as the Shaw Garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden was carefully built by Henry Shaw in 1859. Since then, it has grown to be a National Historic Landmark and is the center of education, ecological conservation, science, and horticulture in St. Louis.
The garden is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the U.S. and houses 79 acres of botanical displays. You can enjoy the lovely rose garden, the climatron, the one-of-a-kind aqua tunnel built under the water lily pool, and their nationally acclaimed herbarium.
St. Louis, MO is one of the most historical cities in the U.S. It represents the pioneering spirit of the settlers moving west and expanding the boundaries of the country. It’s a great place to get a sense for what it must have been like in those days.
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