Thursday, November 17, 2016

St. Louis Arch, MO

Our third stop on our #PCSFL2CO road trip took us to St. Louis. A few years ago long when Drew and I were newly weds, I went to St. Louis for a week to visit my best friend who had just moved there herself. When I left St. Louis, I swore I would never go back. But of course Drew's never been, so I couldn't deny him the opportunity to see the Arch, (Since that's the only thing he had any interest in seeing.) We did debate checking out the City Museum, but since we had Rylie, we just decided to skip it.

We ended up spending more time in Nashville than expected, but luckily we had friends who live in St. Louis and they were free to meet for dinner! It's so great having friends all over the world.
The net morning, we headed off to the Arch. I typed in the Arch into our GPS and found a parking garage close to the Arch. Just like in any other city, parking is a bit pricey, but if you're only staying for an hour or too this is the way to go.

It was a quick 5 minute walk to the Arch. There were little signs on the sidewalk in white that said "Arch this way." When we finally made it to the Arch, we came to a construction site! It's just our luck. When I visited in 2011, there was so much green grass and places to sit and hang out.

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch. It is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.

We got our pictures and decided to head out. St. Louis in August is almost as miserable as Florida is in August!

You are able to go to the top of the Arch. It is something everyone should do once. To me, it wasn't worth going up again. But it is something you should do once, if you're ever there!

GPS: 100 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102
Cost: $13/Adults $10/Children | Entry $3/Adults