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Gateway Arch National Park

11 North 4th Street, Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, Missouri 63102 USA

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Gateway Arch National Park (formerly the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) is made up of two parts: the Arch itself, which also houses a free museum below, and the Old Courthouse across the street, which is most famous for its role in the Dred Scott trial. The Arch, designed in 1947 by Eero Saarinen, was completed in 1965 and stands on the banks of the Mississippi near where the Lewis and Clark expedition started. It serves as a symbol of the Louisiana Purchase. If you're claustrophobic or afraid of heights, skip the retrofuturistic pod cars that take guests to the top; If you do go up, take advantage of a sweet optical illusion photo op... ask a park ranger to help!

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“Iconic monument and riverfront”

Stand in awe beneath the towering Gateway Arch, symbolizing the pioneering spirit of the American West. Take a riverboat cruise, stroll along the Mississippi River, and explore the fascinating history of St. Louis, Missouri. The museum is open from 9:00am--6:00pm during the winter and 9:00am--8:00pm during the summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day)*

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Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 485 Reviews
  • 503 Helpful
July 02, 2014
Rated 4.0

My dad told me before I ever visited that the ride up is something else and he's right. You ride up in these little pods that stop and pivot to get up the arch. It's quite the experience. The other crazy part is the arched floor in the observation deck. How can anyone visit St. Louis and not go up in the arch?! Worth the wait to knock this off your bucket list!

17 people found this review helpful

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Joshua Smibert

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  • 202 Helpful
July 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

This was my second visit to the arch and again we thoroughly enjoyed the trip - the arch sits beautifully against the St Louis skyline and within a beautiful park. Beneath the park you can visit a museum which walks you through the history of the area or you can go up to the observation deck and look out over both sides of the river. A definite must visit for your trip to St Louis.

13 people found this review helpful

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  • 14 Helpful
October 26, 2015
Rated 4.0

The area under the arch is great for a picnic or just to hang around with family. The arch tour is very fun! Expect to wait a long while before getting into the tour as people come from all over the country to visit.
Make sure your ready to take photos when you get to the top.

5 people found this review helpful

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Joel Schat

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  • 237 Reviews
  • 533 Helpful
July 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

This thing is absolutely massive! It is without a doubt in my mind worth the 10 or so dollars to ride in the tiny elevator for the view from the top! Its a must see in st. louis and a place you will most likely not forget as its not something you see everyday!

5 people found this review helpful

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Tiffany Whitehead

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  • 26 Reviews
  • 68 Helpful
June 07, 2014

The wait to go up to the top of the Arch was several hours and we couldn't wait. Buy tickets in advance! Also, the museum inside is poorly laid out and confusing to wander through.

5 people found this review helpful

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  • 5 Helpful
February 25, 2014

definitely worth a stop. really beautiful up close and very cool view from the top. beware if you are claustrophobic, the tram is like a little egg on the way up and down!

5 people found this review helpful

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Nick Philpott

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July 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a complete package. The ride up the arch and the view from the top are spectacular, the grounds are beautiful, and the underground museum at the base are all well-worth the stop. It can be a half hour or a whole day, depending on what you're interested in.

4 people found this review helpful

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  • 18 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
June 17, 2014

What a great place! The 4 min ride to top was fun cramped and exciting ! Can say we did it now! The inside museum was very educational!

4 people found this review helpful

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October 24, 2014
Rated 4.0

A great attraction, perfect for a family visit. Get there early and be sure to buy your tickets in advance if you want to ride up to the top of the Arch, although warning to claustrophobics and tall people that the pods you ride up in are incredibly cramped. Down on the ground, the museum is great and there are two films to see: a documentary about the construction of the arch that impresses with it's dizzying heights, and an IMAX film about the expedition of Lewis and Clark, both well-worth the price of admission.

While there, take a walk over to the Old Courthouse to learn about the Dred Scott case, and also to get some incredible photos of the Arch from a distance.

3 people found this review helpful

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  • 9 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 11, 2014

I was in Awe of the monument the first time I saw it and have been the many visits since! The story of its construction is amaxing in itself. The view from the top is breathtaking and a true must!
Be warned however, the ride to the top is quite confined and not A/C (at least the last we were there) but the ride is not too long of one. Even if you're affraid of heights (which our son is) the ride to the top is a must. The windows are small so it was a pleasant trip for him as he didn't have to peer out the window if he didn't want but still got say he had been to the top of the arch!!!

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Gateway Arch National Park

11 North 4th Street
Gateway Arch National Park
St. Louis, Missouri
63102 USA
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Good for boating and Cultural travelers. Has a Design vibe.

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