Trip Ideas: St. Louis Arch-itecture Day One
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.
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.
11 N. Fourth St., St. Louis MO 63102, 314-655-1600
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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.
200 Washington Ave., St. Louis MO 63102, 877-982-1410
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Labor Day-Memorial Day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Located on Washington Avenue, this grille offers a casual atmosphere. Known for its five-star fillets and large wine selection.
1236 Washington Ave., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-241-7770
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thur., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight.
Local Harvest is dedicated to providing local, fresh and organic food. Casual dining featuring soup, salad and sandwiches.
815 Olive, Ste. 150, St. Louis MO 63101, 314-241-3196
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
701 N. 15th St., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-231-2489
Hours: April-Labor Day: Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Labor Day-March: Wed.-Thur., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.