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Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
200 Washington Ave., btwn Memorial Dr & Lenore K. Sullivan Blvd, on the riverfront, Saint Louis, MO 63103 (Downtown)
+1 314-982-1410
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Ranked #14 of 131 Attractions in Saint Louis
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Running
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Owner description: This famous 630-foot marvel of engineering is known as the "Gateway to the West." See 30 miles in every direction and 200 years into the past! 200 Years ago, Lewis and Clark set out on their great journey. Today, the Gateway Arch stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States. And if you've never seen the grandeur of this architectural wonder or the breathtaking views of St. Louis 630 ft. In the air - now is your chance.
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East Hampton, Connecticut
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“Don't miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I was surprised how long the walk was from the parking lot through the park and to the Arch.
We arrived about 9:30 am on Saturday morning Dec. 28th.There were about 25 people ahead of us and it took about 15 minutes to get through security.
We purchased our tickets ( reduced price for National Park Pass holders) and were assigned a time to report to the line. There is a photo opportunity while following the line: 2 photos of you are taken and are available for purchase on the main level.
All moved smoothly but be aware that there were a number of short flights of stairs to climb to the pods. A short movie was shown while waiting .
I was pleasantly surprised that the pods were larger than I had expected and ours seated 1 child and 4 adults comfortably. There were 2 windows on the door which faced the inner walls to look through as we moved up the arch. I did not feel it was claustrophobic at all !!!!
The views from the top made the trip worthwhile and there were plenty of windows to look out of. They were large enough to take great photos.
The Gateway Arch is well staffed with friendly, helpful employees.
Upon leaving we noticed that the South entrance had a much shorter line than the North entrance.It just might be worth the extra walking if you are there at a busy time.
We then enjoyed strolling around the property and watching the barges on the river.
We are happy that we took the opportunity to spend time at this marvelous property.

Visited December 2013
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“Can't Miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

If your in the area you cant miss this. There was a long wait to get in due to security but we only had to wait 10 min to go up in the arch. The views are amazing. You must make sure you check out the museum while you are there too.

Visited December 2013
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“Very cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

It's always exciting to visit a new national park. It was pretty crowded but I was a single rider so I didn't have to wait long to get to the top of the arch. While I do recommend it, this activity is NOT for people that get claustrophobic. I'm not a particularly queezy person but the wind was blowing and so was the arch so my visit to the top was a brief one, but worth the ride.

Visited October 2013
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Irthlingborough, United Kingdom
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“Unmissable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The arch really dominates the centre of St Louis so you should have no trouble seeing it! We braved the "train" to the top: only 4 of us in a vehicle allegedly seating 5, but 4 was a tight fit. The views from the top are excellent, if a little spoiled by the fact that the glass was filthy! Interesting museum in the base as well. A must in your visit to St Louis.

Visited September 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Spectacular city dominating structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We did not go up within the Arch but just up to its base. The Gateway Arch dominates so many of my photos around St Louis and it is an incredible monument.

Its sleek design and graceful curve captivated me. Just standing at the bottom and looking up and across and back down conveyed a sense grand design. An architectural delight.

At the time we were there it was dark and near freezing but this did not stop many visitors and a wedding complete with coach and horses being there.

Visited November 2013
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