St. Louis Arch-itecture Day One

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St. Louis is a Midwest getaway with a look that’s all its own. Red brick, cobblestone streets, terra cotta friezes and stained glass are part of the tapestry of St. Louis’ amazing architectural heritage. Historic homes, impressive public buildings, ultra contemporary structures and the stainless steel architectural wonder known as the Gateway Arch provide an interesting mix of materials and style to the urban landscape.


A. The Gateway Arch

The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the history of westward expansion in the United States. This is a must-stop, or at least a must-see during any Midwest getaway.

B. The Old Courthouse

Built between 1839 and 1862, this historic courthouse was the scene of one of the nation's most important cases: the freedom trial of Dred and Harriet Scott.


A. Lucas Park Grille

Located on Washington Avenue, this grille offers a casual atmosphere. Known for its five-star fillets and large wine selection.


A. City Museum

Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t your typical museum tour. This warehouse of wackiness includes 4,000 square-feet of man-made caves and tunnels, an enchanted forest, aquarium, working shoelace factory and MonstroCity, a "monstrous montage of monkey bars" that includes two Saber 40 aircraft fuselages, a fire engine, castle turret and a handful of four-foot tall wrought-iron Slinkies.