St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and boasts an intriguing blend of cosmopolitan city life with classic Midwestern Americana vibes. Lying at the junction of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, it’s been considered the “Gateway to the West” since the days of Lewis and Clark.
Flights to and from St. Louis are offered seasonally. Dates may vary.
Why Go To St. Louis
St. Louis may be synonymous with its famous 625-foot tall Gateway Arch, but it’s also a city home to a vibrant culture with its roots in live music, good food, compelling sports teams, and beer. For travelers in search of a city with something for everyone, a St. Louis vacation makes an ideal choice.
Forest Park - larger than New York's Central Park
What To Do
St. Louis is the home of the world-renowned Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and you can tour the historic facility or enjoy the spacious Biergarten for free! If smaller craft breweries are your thing, St. Louis has those, too.
Opened in 1876 and home to the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park covers nearly 1,300 acres and is larger than Central Park in New York City. It is home to the zoo, beautiful greenhouses, and a plethora of scenic walking and biking trails.
The view of the Gateway Arch, rising above the Mississippi, is stunning, but the views from inside the arch are even more spectacular, made possible by a unique tram that takes visitors up 630 feet to the top of the arch. At the base of the arch is an exceptional museum that celebrates America’s pioneer spirit.
The list of museums in St. Louis is extensive. For families, the St. Louis Science Center, Magic House, and City Museum offer great exhibits geared towards children. Art enthusiasts won’t want to miss the St. Louis Art Museum, the Laumeier Sculpture Park, and the Contemporary Art Museum. For history buffs, the Missouri History Museum, Old Courthouse, and Cahokia Mounts World Heritage Site are all worth exploring.
Whether you’re looking for small boutique finds or big-name brands, St. Louis has you covered. Head to the Delmar Loop of vintage stores and quirky gifts. For cool architecture and more unique shopping options, Union Station is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. For shoppers looking for more swanky finds, the Galleria’s classy setting is sure to wow.
The food scene in St. Louis is definitely worth exploring. In fact, there are even a few must-try foods that you won’t find anywhere else like St. Louis-style pizza, gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli, and St. Louis-style barbecue just to name a few. Traditional foods aside, there’s also a thriving culinary scene with a focus on inventive spins on traditional dishes that’s perfect for foodies and budget-minded travelers alike.
For a fun night on the town, check out the sports-themed Ballpark Village entertainment district downtown, or head to Washington Avenue and Laclede’s Landing for trendy bars and nightclubs. For live music, the Soulard neighborhood has historic charm and some of the best blues venues in the city.