Washington Avenue Historic District

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Food, fashion and the blues reign supreme in this creative district of downtown St. Louis. Wander elegant tree-lined streets and delve into city history at museums.

Visit Washington Avenue Historic District to spend a day discovering many retail, dining and entertainment attractions. For more than half a century from the late 1800s, this downtown corridor was the epicenter of the city’s garment-making industry. Clothing factories and warehouses lined the streets and filled up with fans of fashion. Today Washington Avenue Historic District is a revitalized area of boutiques, nightclubs, lofts and museums.

Washington Avenue cuts through the heart of the district, with impressive grand brick, stone and terra-cotta buildings. In its heyday the avenue was nicknamed Shoe Street, USA, because of the large number of footwear manufacturers here. Stroll the wide sidewalks to admire refurbished lofts and find clothing and accessories stores. Browse the works of regional artists at independent galleries.

Have something to eat at casual cafés, fast-food joints and sleek restaurants. Talented chefs serve Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South American dishes, in addition to typical North American fare. As night falls, lounges, pubs, speakeasies and wine bars attract a lively crowd of hipsters and office workers.

Set aside time for a glimpse into the life of the family of a renowned fur trader at the Campbell House Museum. The City Museum has dozens of factory elements repurposed as one-of-a-kind slides, among other family-friendly attractions. Peruse thousands of books and attend cultural festivals, such as a celebration of hip-hop, at the majestic Central Public Library.

Music lovers flock to the National Blues Museum to explore the evolution of one of America’s most influential music genres. Peruse original artifacts and photographs of blues legends such as Muddy Waters. Watch archive concert footage and have fun creating your own blues song.

Washington Avenue Historic District spreads across areas of Downtown St. Louis and Downtown West. Experience the energetic and contemporary vibe by getting around on foot. Major transit stops, such as Civic Center and Convention Center, are short walks away.

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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
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The price is $92 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mississippi River and Enterprise Center. Busch Stadium and America's Center Convention ...
3.1/5 (1,181 reviews)
"It was great for the price. Very close to public transportation and walkable to the city. Wished there was a little more in the way of convenience stores in the area. That is no fault of the property. Otherwise, it was great and will stay there on my next visit!"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
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 $149 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mississippi River and Busch Stadium. America's Center Convention Complex and Lumiere ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,932 reviews)
"I booked a view of the Arch room through Expedia, and our view couldn't have been more spectacular. Rooms are clean and very comfortable. The Arch is right there about a 5 minute walk. Check in was fast and easy, parking is underground and very convenient, there is a charge but not significant. We ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

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 $179 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mississippi River and Busch Stadium. America's Center Convention Complex and Enterprise ...
3.9/5Good! (1,033 reviews)
"It was very clean. Everyone had masks on. People were friendly. Everything was easy to get to and access."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
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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 $92 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
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 $149 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 $179 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
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 $152 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
The Last Hotel STL
The Last Hotel STL
4.5 out of 5
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is $189 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
The Last Hotel STL
Live by Loews - St.Louis
Live by Loews - St.Louis
3.5 out of 5
799 Clark ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is $179 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Live by Loews - St.Louis
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is $169 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
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 $127 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
Marriott St. Louis Grand
Marriott St. Louis Grand
4 out of 5
800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is $127 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Marriott St. Louis Grand
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