The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch
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From the thrilling views to the amazing stories, a visit to the Gateway Arch is an experience that never fails to inspire. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, you’ll find activities to please every member of your party. Attractions include the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch, the Museum at the Gateway Arch (opened July 3, 2018), a documentary film about the construction of the Arch, shopping at The Arch Store, a new Arch Cafe, and cruises aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Tickets sell out early and often - advance purchase strongly recommended. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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  • Marc C
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida2,202 contributions
    Amazing Structure!
    I stayed overnight in St. Louis, so that I could visit this famous monument, on my way to Wichita; on a road trip. It’s simply amazing to see, although I was unfortunately not able to ride to the top. Reading up on it; it has a really interesting history. My three pet rabbits enjoyed running around outside, and being petted by other tourists. The Park Rangers were extremely friendly, helpful, and professional. I’ll give it a top rating of two rabbit ears up!! (\ (\ ( -.-) o_(“)(“)
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Sydney
    Saint Louis, Missouri211 contributions
    #1 Must See in STL
    If you’re in STL, you HAVE to go see the Arch. Great picture spot if you don’t have a lot of time, but if you have some time to spare, check out the NPS Visitor Center and ride the tram. I left a separate review of the National Park, so I don’t want to get into a review on the Arch *as* a National Park, but as far as an attraction in STL, this is THE place you have to stop, if you do nothing else!
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Luke Gill
    Hutchinson, Kansas47 contributions
    Take me to the top!
    I visited the St. Louis Gateway Arch today with my family and it was an unbelievable experience! It was really cool once we went all the way up to the top of the arch and saw all the city, including the Mississippi River and the Cardinals Stadium. I will definitely visit the Gateway Arch again!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 11, 2023
  • anne k
    13 contributions
    Great time at the Gateway Arch
    This was a very worthwhile activity in St. Louis. However, I will say that if you are in any way claustrophobic, or have a fear of heights, this is not for you. That being said, the museum on the lower level was great, and there is an area you can see what it looks like from the top. Do not go up on a windy day! It does sway when windy, but it is a great view. The surrounding park is really nice, and we enjoyed walking around it. Do not do the river boat cruise package with this - that is a total dud.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • SJ R
    Wisconsin15 contributions
    A must-do in St Louis
    Hadn't visited here in 30 years and enjoyed it more this time around. Easily got tickets with my phone, and got to go up even earlier than expected. Amazing views from top, even caught my teenager being impressed!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Larry S
    Hartford, Michigan5 contributions
    Wouldn't miss but!
    It was a must see on everyone's list. Very important to have reservations to cut your wait time. Not very excisable for large people and with disabilities as you can imagine. Was a little pricy for what it was but affordable. I would however bring your drinks and snacks and avoid the downstairs Cafe at all cost. extremely overpriced and would break a family wallet. in a very confusing downtown area .
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 28, 2023
  • DJK
    Acworth, Georgia442 contributions
    Park at the hotel if handicap
    We we're driving through on our way to a wedding and decided to stop. So the good and then the bad. Beautiful concept, from having the monument in the water front, with museum underground, great layout and history of the west. What's bad is website is horrible, never said we could get tickets on line to go to top. They parking is the worst, meeting my handicap mom walk up all those steps. The whole area needs to be labeled better, no one has a clue where we were supposed to go.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Kim E
    Crofton, Kentucky149 contributions
    Great day at a National Park
    If you’re in to history the museum has a ton of it. Beautiful grounds along the river. It’s free. We bought tickets to go up in the arch. It was worth it. Great views and experience. Buy ahead of time bc they sell out quickly. My little boy went through the Jr Ranger program and got a badge for the park and the old courthouse. It was fun.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Claire S
    16 contributions
    Amazing
    Truly amazing piece of architecture. If you go don't miss the film about the building of the arch. Remember if you buy a snow globe as a souvenir make sure to put it in a bag you will check at the airport. The snow globe can not be carried on to the flight.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 11, 2023
  • Rob K
    Kingwood, Texas22 contributions
    Great day to visit such a great place
    An amazing place to visit and once you see it. Very clean environment and a safe area to visit with my family. The museum, shops, theater are all under ground, under the arch so it is all in one place and easily accessible.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
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Sara W
3 contributions
Dec 2019
I found the Gateway Arch to be underwhelming and somewhat of a tourist trap, with lots of waiting. TLDR is: lots of waiting, very cramped. If you do choose to go up the arch, make sure to get tickets ahead of time, as they sell out quickly. At the base of the arch is the Arch Museum, which is worth visiting, is free and you don't need tickets to enter, but you will have to pass through airport-like security to access it. Once you arrive at the entry to go up the arch (tickets required), you wait in line for a while (at least 15-20 past your "ticket time", usually), and then are assigned a group and a tour guide. However, there isn't really anything to tour, so you spend a few minutes watching a video of recaps of the last 50 years, then wait while people take group photos. Then you move to the "pod train" area and wait some more for the tram. Eventually, you are squished into pods (5 people per pod) and ride 4 minutes up to the top. At the top, there are small slit-shaped windows (about 5 inches tall and maybe 18 inches long), which are the only ways to look out. The space at the top is quite crowded, noisy, and hot. Then you have to wait to ride the elevator down.
Written January 7, 2020
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MK in the STL
Weldon Spring, MO232 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
I brought my wife and 3 boys to STL for Spring Break. We included the Arch, as any out of state tourist should do, but the price you pay for tickets versus what you get is way off.

I knew going in there were NUMEROUS covid restrictions in place to the point where I was surprised they were open. They ARE owned by the feds so all you hear during your whole visit is covid this covid that, "hey, 3 year old, put your mask one millimeter higher on your nose or you'll spread covid and we will have to kick you out with no refund." It is completely ridiculous your entire visit is all about how to follow the rules. But, feds. Go figure.

They only give you ten minutes at the top and assign you a window because, well, covid restrictions must be rubbed into your faces. Feds. The only good thing about the experience was the girl at the top was happy to give visitors a break from hearing covid nonsense by offering to take pictures of your group with your own camera.

But it's a very fast ten minutes and then you are covidly escorted to the south tram for the ride down.

Until the feds decide they have had enough of the tyranny, I do not recommend visiting the arch specifically for the visit to the top. We felt we got completely jipped. Thanks, feds.

In the museum, which is free admission, you can learn just about everything about the Westward Expansion. Very interesting and the only place where there are no fed covid nazis watching over your shoulder to see if you are wearing your mask 1 millimeter lower than what it should or come within 5' 11" of someone else.

So go to the arch for the museum, but hold off on going to the top until you can get your money's worth.
Written April 25, 2021
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LexGSR
LexGSR205 contributions
Feb 2020
My second visit... the first was 30+ years ago. It's still incredibly impressive up close, and the associated museum discusses the construction extensively... which really is great for architecture geeks and structural engineers! I really enjoyed it.

What I did not enjoy was that I checked very carefully what time it closed. We got there over an hour before then. But the last tram to the top had already left. This was extremely disappointing. I recommend that they put IN BIG LETTERS that the last tram is over an hour before closing, and that tickets in advance are a good idea.
Written February 24, 2020
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN274 contributions
Mar 2020
I personally think the museum under the arch is more worth the visit than to actually go to the top. Yes it's a neat experience and it's fun to walk the curve of the arch at the top. But let's be honest you have to pay to go up, you have to wait for the elevator, the elevators are TINY and the cram up to 5 grown adults into one. Then you get to the top and it's a really small space and it's crowded and the windows really aren't that big, then you have to wait around for the elevator to take you back down. We took the kids up just so they could say they've been up there.

The museum/visitor's center is amazing though. It goes through the history of westward expansion and also covers the design and construction of the arch itself. the museum is completely worth the visit. Visiting the museum is completely free.

If you are going up in the arch you can pre-buy your tickets online. Remember you'll have to go through security so give yourself plenty of time.
Written March 4, 2020
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Paul S
San Diego, California445 contributions
Sep 2020
Limited access to the top of the arch is available with reservations. The gateway arch is a marvel of design and construction. It is 630’ high. Architect Eero Saarinen did a great job with catenary shape, the taper of the arch dimensions from the base to the top, the triangular cross section of the entire arch and the stainless steel exterior. There are eight car trams that take you to the top. There is a tram in the north leg and another tram in the south leg of the arch. Each car has five seats. Our tour had only three groups of two. There was an empty car between each group. The ride was 4 minutes up and 3 minutes down. Excellent views are had from the windows of the observation room. Each group was restricted to 4 windows (2 on each side). The underground visitor center has exhibits on the history of Saint Louis and the making of the arch.
Written September 30, 2020
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ajkwawer
Los Angeles, CA75 contributions
Dec 2019
This was a return visit to visit the Arch after a long hiatus. For a senior citizen such as me access to the Arch and its museum are less than optimum. Available parking is, by my standards, too far from the Arch. The Arch itself is well worth the walk and the museum offered interesting information about the move of population to the west and the Arch construction. The same cannot be said about the tram ride to the top of the Arch. The view from the observation area and the approximately 10 minutes spent at the top leave much to be desired. During our visit the tram "broke down" and the delay it caused was significant. We were fortunate to be on the first tram back down and we tried to not think about how many tram loads of people had to wait to go down and those who were waiting to go up.
Written January 22, 2020
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RellufRemle
Saint Louis, MO14 contributions
Jan 2020
The Gateway Arch has been redone and greatly improved. The new museum has a lot of exhibits about St. Louis history and the arch -- and it is free. Riding to the top of the arch still requires a fee, but is worth it, especially on a clear day. Movies are also available for a price, but you may want to just buy a copy on DVD in the gift shop if you have a large group.
Written February 17, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,097 contributions
Nov 2020
This arch doesn't look like much from the photos, but it's much more stunning when you see it in person. It's pretty big and sits right on the river, so if you take the pod to the top, you get an absolutely gorgeous view of the city. They take good precautions during the pandemic: you can only take the pod to the top with people in your party, and they sanitize everything frequently. Your entrance ticket allows you access to the entire park/grounds as well as a museum, so even if you don't go to the top of the arch, there's still plenty to see.
Written November 17, 2020
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Brittney Henson
Ethridge, TN199 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this and it wasn’t badly priced, $14 a person.
It has a self guided historical tour before entering the top of the arch with many artifacts from the building to just history of St. Louis. Also there is a cafe and a store, we did not go to either of these. If you are claustrophobic, I would be weary about going up in the tram car as it is VERY small with a small window. 5 of us were crunched inside of it and I’m NOT claustrophobic, but had to put my mind elsewhere to be calm.
Individuals of all ages could enjoy this.
Written January 12, 2020
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RoseS_US
Aurora, IL113 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
If you enjoy visiting historically significant locations, or even if you are trying to go to all of the National Parks, this would be an enjoyable place to go. The Gateway Arch National Park had more than I expected.

You can ride to the top of the gateway arch and in an interesting little pod. Once you ride up, you will need to walk up the stairs (See images of the size of the pod. The door to get in is small. The pod seats six people. It might be an issue if you’re claustrophobic or if you have an issue with going up and downstairs stairs.) From the top you can view the surrounding areas from the windows. It feels like you are in an airplane.
There is a museum at the bottom of the arch. The museum explains why the arch was created, the significance of the area, and some interesting information on the architectural design and build. I spent a few hours at the museum with my family. It is definitely worth looking through the museum.

The old courthouse is also right there on the park. It is a historically significant site for 2 historical significant cases (Dred Scott case & Virginia Minor). Across from the old court house is a is monument dedicated to Frankie Freeman and a marker the identities the spots where the trails west began.

I visited during a time when COVID-19 Had some limitations. Only 13 people were allowed to go up per ride to the top. That was good and bad. Good because you’re not so cramped. Bad because there’s not as many chances to take a trip to the top.

You do have the ability to have a boat ride and arch combo. I did not go on the boat ride so I cannot comment on it. The courthouse was Locked down due to COVID-19 so I could not enter in and look around but they did have information in front of the old courthouse along with a Dred Scott monument with information about the case.

There are a good number of affordable restaurants, hotels, and other attractions with walking distance for a meal.
Written October 11, 2020
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