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St. Louis, MO
Travel Guide

Gateway Arch which includes a monument, a sunset and a city

Stroll under the Gateway Arch, explore a plethora of museums and enjoy an outstanding music scene initiated by natives Chuck Berry and Miles Davis.

St. Louis lives up to its nickname, the Gateway to the West. Centrally located in Missouri along the Mississippi River, the city is a confluence of Southern cuisine, fascinating culture and Midwestern charm. Explore its historic cobblestone streets, pulsing Downtown and multitude of cultural institutions.

The Gateway Arch is impossible to miss. The city’s famous monument rises 630 feet (190 meters) high and is visible from across the city. Take an enclosed tram to the top to see miles in every direction. Try to spot the Busch Stadium to the west and the mighty Mississippi River to the east. Afterward, explore the surrounding Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, which includes the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse, where in 1847 Dred Scott and his wife famously sued for their freedom from slavery but ultimately lost.

As the hometown of rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry and jazz pioneer Miles Davis, it’s not surprising that St. Louis has a thriving music scene. Enjoy evenings in Laclede’s Landing or the Delmar Loop, which are home to popular bars and lively restaurants.

See the latest modern art in the unique Pulitzer Arts Foundation, which presents new exhibits every six months. Nearby, relax among the trees and dozens of eye-catching sculptures in Laumeier Sculpture Park. Spend more time outside in the scenic Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, which is among the oldest botanical gardens in the United States. Explore the award-winning Climatron dome conservatory, which houses a remarkable tropical rain forest.

St. Louis has a fascinating history as a hub of trade and host of the 1904 Summer Olympics and World’s Fair. Learn about its past at the Missouri History Museum. Discover fun for all ages at the quirky City Museum and kids-oriented Magic House. Check out old trains and vintage cars at the Museum of Transportation.

Visit St. Louis any time of year. From children to adults, art lovers to history buffs, music fans to sports aficionados, this city has something for everyone.

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Where to stay in St. Louis

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (3,365 reviews)

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

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
The price is $135 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
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! (1,829 reviews)
"The fountain in the lobby was beautiful. All the doors had card key access only for extra security. It was within walking distance to many awesome things to do and the parking was enclosed under the building and safe"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $105 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown Clayton, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saint Louis Galleria Mall, Washington University, and The Loop. Forest Park and St. Louis Zoo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,132 reviews)
"Beautiful lobby, the entire hotel was very clean. We got an upgrade when we arrived. The room was excellent and updated, comfortable bed (even the pull out couch was comfy). The staff were polite and accommodating. As far as amenities go, we didn’t get a chance to try the diner but the pool and game ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
3 out of 5
15431 Conway Rd, Chesterfield, MO
The price is $107 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Westfield Chesterfield Mall, and Faust Park. Governor Bates ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (845 reviews)
"Communication was great, needed an ADA accessible room messaged ahead through Expedia, they responded on a timely matter and updated my reservation room. Cleanliness was great. I had read reviews before staying here, we used the sofa bed so knew I had to ask for extra sheets at front desk. Which ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
3.5 out of 5
917 Locust St, St. Louis, MO
The price is $56 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Washington Avenue Historic District and America's Center Convention Complex. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"The property was very clean and had everything we needed. The bed was surprisingly comfortable. The area was a bit sketchy at night. Our biggest complaint was that the apartment absolutely reeked of marijuana from the time we walked in until we left."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
Located in DeBaliviere Place, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo ...
4.4/5Excellent! (50 reviews)
Good clean place, nice area
"The only drawback was that the listing wasn’t clear about whether or not the pool was open. We were there in April and the pool was closed even though we had one sunny hot day in the 80s. Everything else was exceptional - would stay here again."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around St. Louis

The downtown area and historic neighborhoods of St. Louis are best explored on foot. Get around more quickly by rental car, which you can pick up at the airport or in the city. Or, take advantage of the taxis available throughout the city. Alternatively, use the public transportation system, consisting of the MetroLink light railway and the MetroBus bus network, as well as trolley services. Visit the Metro Transit website.Browse St. Louis rental cars.

Best time to visit

Spring and fall are fairly fleeting seasons in St. Louis. However, if you can get the timing just right, visiting at one of these times of year will mean you will have a great trip. April and October are particularly good months to pick. Come then for daytime temperatures in the high 60s (18-20 C). The city is lively throughout the long summer too, but you will have to deal with sweltering heat and big crowds.

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Reviews of St. Louis

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Jun 5, 2020

I grew up on the Illinois side of St. Louis. I have always enjoyed going to St. Louis to see the Arch, Bush Gardens, Stadium and Brewery. I have been to the Science Museum multiple times and would go again. I love the Magic House.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 4, 2020

was nice was down there during the rioting that we had to avoid but was nice

5/5 - Excellent

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May 31, 2020

St Louis is a great place to visit!

3/5 - Okay

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May 30, 2020

Words can't express how I feel about town because I don't know what to feel

3/5 - Okay

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May 29, 2020

Didn't really get to do much due to Covid 19 so a lot of places were closed

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Great town.

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