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Address: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Description: Step streets used by the residents of Charlotte Amalie, these historical...
Step streets used by the residents of Charlotte Amalie, these historical 99 steps (the actual count is 103) were built from the ballast bricks of the tall ships coming from the old world, which would then return to Europe loaded with products from the islands.
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Step streets - a uniquely VI thing!

As part of a study abroad group, we did a tour of the historic district of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. The 99 steps are a good example of "step streets" that were common in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A beautiful hike uphill to the historic castle....Blackbeard's. The foliage, landscaping, trees and shrubs were amazing.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We did not bother to take a tour to this attraction & along with others decided to walk from our ship to view this. It was quite a long walk but very enjoyable & gave us the opportunity to see a lot of little shops on the way & also view the lifestyle. Make sure you take water to drink.... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

As part of a study abroad group, we did a tour of the historic district of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. The 99 steps are a good example of "step streets" that were common in the colonial era. There is a nice view from the top. But it is a little bit of a walk!

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St. Thomas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Historic step streets link St. Thomas' past, none so important as The 99 Steps, constructed as a link between Ft. Christian and Skytsborg...

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Omaha, NE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I decided to climb the "99 steps" with our 4 year old (er, carry our 4 year old) if for nothing but the history. After a long climb on a classic "tropical day" we reached the top. While there were views of Charlotte Amalie, I am not sure the view warranted the additional effort to reach the top as we... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It’s a lot of stairs! So the people, who can’t handle it, probably should not attempt. At the top you get some good views. You will see Blackbeard’s castle but can’t go in it unless your part of the cruise ship tour, At least that was what I was told. You'll see the governor’s mansion at the top to the... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It has great exercise; but the area around it was not very clean. I was very surprised how dirty the Island was and how bad the roads are with very limited signage!

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Fort Lauderdale
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

It's a short cut from town to the top of the hill near Blackbeards. There is a antique shop, or there used to be one on the way up with old maps, etc. Always a great view

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Pebble Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It feels like there is not that much to do in town except shop, and so they had to come up with something. It was one of the prettier things to do, but not that pretty. Many of the reviews were about how strenuous it was to walk up the steps. It didn't feel like a big deal to us.... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We traveled up and down the 99 steps area several times going to and from our hotel to the town for Carnival, meals and shopping. We never found any of the shops along the steps open and no one is around. It doesn't feel like a very safe area, especially at night. There is a nice view of the harbor... More 

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Address: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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