St. Louis, MO

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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.

Where to stay in St. Louis

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63105
The price is $109 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,566 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Easy parking on property. Easy quick check in. Nice breakfast included"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
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 $174 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
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! (2,565 reviews)
"It was a beautiful hotel and the staff was very accommodating!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
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
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (647 reviews)
"The hotel was awesome! We just felt a little leery going out in the evening. Our first night we noticed the police presence on the street on the other side of the intersection. That must mean that there had to have been some type of disturbance that warranted the need to have police on hand."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Last Hotel
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.
FRONTDESK 917 Locust St Apts Downtown St Louis
FRONTDESK 917 Locust St Apts Downtown St Louis
3.5 out of 5
917 Locust St, St. Louis, MO, 63101
The price is $79 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and Netflix. Popular attractions Dome at America’s Center and City Museum are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (66 reviews)
"Everything.. location, location, location"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

FRONTDESK 917 Locust St Apts Downtown St Louis
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
3 out of 5
15431 Conway Rd, Chesterfield, MO, 63017
The price is $120 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Chesterfield. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"Very nice and neat and the people were friendly quiet peaceful almost a way to Paradise you can really get a piece of Mind there"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
TownePlace Suites by Marriott St. Louis Chesterfield
TownePlace Suites by Marriott St. Louis Chesterfield
3 out of 5
748 Premium Way, Chesterfield, MO, 63005
The price is $130 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Chesterfield. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (104 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable stay in the Chesterfield area. Walking distance to retail outlet shopping. Breakfast was disappointing. Eggs and bacon too salt, and the same menu everday."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott St. Louis Chesterfield
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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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