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Gateway Arch
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Gateway Arch showing a city, a skyscraper and skyline

Enjoy 360-degree views and learn about the history of St. Louis at this world-famous landmark.

The Gateway Arch is St. Louis’ most recognizable landmark. The 630-foot (192-meter) high stainless steel archway looms high over downtown. Climb to the top for breath-taking 360-degree views of the city. There’s a museum, educational cinema, gift shop and gourmet food store inside the arch.

Stand beneath the monument to get a different perspective on its size; the width at the base is the same as the height. It’s the tallest man-made monument in the U.S.

The Gateway Arch sits at the center of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a park in downtown. Architect Eero Saarinen designed this monument to commemorate Thomas Jefferson, and St. Louis’ role in the U.S. expansion to the west. The Arch was opened to the public in 1967 and since then has been a steady draw for out-of-towners.

Tickets to the top of the arch often sell out during the busy spring and summer months, so make sure to purchase in advance online. An eight-carriage tram takes visitors to the top in lieu of an elevator. There are an additional six flights of stairs to the viewing platform, which isn’t accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. On a clear day, it’s possible to see as far as 30 miles (48 kilometers) from this pinnacle above the city.

The Museum of Westward Expansion, located inside the arch, provides some great photos and information on the construction of this steel marvel. There are also a rich array of displays depicting life in St. Louis in the 1800s, when it was a bustling port city. There are some great details about early pioneers and the U.S. expansion to the west. The museum theater shows two documentaries daily: one about the building of the monument, and the other about the historic expedition of Lewis and Clark. Pick up souvenirs at the museum gift shop, and gourmet food and home wares at the Levee Mercantile shop, both at the bottom of the arch.

The Gateway Arch is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a short walk from central Washington Avenue, where there are hotels, shops and restaurants, and is well-serviced by trains and buses.

Top Hotels Close to Gateway Arch

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 out of 5
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is $117 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch, and Busch Stadium. Dome at America’s Center and America's ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,823 reviews)
"It is within walking distance to Busch Stadium!"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

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Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
The price is $129 per night from May 3 to May 4
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch, and World Aquarium. Dome at America’s Center and Busch ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,407 reviews)
"I will definitely be staying there again. Everything was very nice from the staff to the rooms."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

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Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
4 out of 5
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gateway Arch National Park, Busch Stadium, and Gateway Arch. America's Center Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (1,089 reviews)
"The views of the ball park were amazing"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

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Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 out of 5
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is $117 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
The price is $129 per night from May 3 to May 4
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
4 out of 5
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO
The price is $149 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
4 out of 5
400 Olive St, St. Louis, MO
The price is $113 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Casino Queen Hotel
Casino Queen Hotel
3 out of 5
200 South Front Street, East St. Louis, IL
The price is $69 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Live by Loews - St.Louis
Live by Loews - St.Louis
3.5 out of 5
799 Clark ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is $139 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Marriott St. Louis Grand
Marriott St. Louis Grand
4 out of 5
800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is $134 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Marriott St. Louis Grand
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
3.5 out of 5
400 S 14th St, St. Louis, MO
The price is $74 per night from May 17 to May 18
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
610 N 7th St, St. Louis, MO
The price is $134 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
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