Gateway Arch

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Gateway Arch

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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

Casino Queen Hotel
Casino Queen Hotel
3 out of 5
200 South Front Street, East St. Louis, IL, 62201
Fully refundable
The price is $89 per night from May 22 to May 23
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3.8/5 Good! (914 reviews)
"Great friendly staff and love that the casino is right next door."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

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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, 63102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,563 reviews)
"It was a beautiful hotel and the staff was very accommodating!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The 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, 63102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,867 reviews)
"The kickback from 5:30-7 with free drinks and buffet was amazing!! Breakfast buffet was stellar and the room we had was comfortable. Will absolutely stay here again."

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Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
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Casino Queen Hotel
Casino Queen Hotel
3 out of 5
200 South Front Street, East St. Louis, IL, 62201
The price is $89 per night from May 22 to May 23
Casino Queen Hotel
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The 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, 63102
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Drury Plaza Hotel 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, 63102
The price is $203 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
The Last Hotel
The Last Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $209 per night from May 30 to May 31
The Last Hotel
Live by Loews - St.Louis
Live by Loews - St.Louis
4 out of 5
799 Clark ave, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $169 per night from May 22 to May 23
Live by Loews - St.Louis
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, 63101
The price is $175 per night from May 30 to May 31
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
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, 63103
The price is $102 per night from May 22 to May 23
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
3 out of 5
711 N Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $135 per night from May 25 to May 26
Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
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