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“Most amazing Site”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #10 of 255 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Westward Expansion closed, pending installation of all new museum exhibits. As of March 2, 2015, entry-only ticket or tram ticket required to enter Arch. The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of the United States. A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Arch's base and playing professional photographer, but the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch include the Journey to the Top (the last tram leaves one hour before closing); educational programs (will be housed at the Old Courthouse); award-winning documentary movie, Monument to the Dream; and a gift shop. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Note: the address shown is for the Old Courthouse which is acting as the Gateway Arch Ticketing and Visitor Center throughout construction. Pedestrian entrance to the Arch Grounds is at Walnut Street at Memorial Drive or via the Grand Staircase from the riverfront.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
St. Louis, MO
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3 reviews
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“Most amazing Site”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

One of the most amazing sites I have ever seen. Make sure to go to the top of the arch. I would also recommend going across the river to see the entire sky line. Overall a 4.5. Would be a 5 if the museum under the arch was updated.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“An engineering marvel...”
Reviewed July 1, 2011

This is the second time I have been to the arch and haven't forgotten a lot of what I had seen the first time I was there. Everyone enjoyed the tram ride to the top of the arch, it is tight and we were lucky that it was just our family in the tram car. They do ask if you have Claustrophobia and if you can climb stairs. There is a location across the river where they have a viewing platform and I am sure you can get some fantastic photos (we didn't get a chance to check it out).

Visited June 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great Experience!”
Reviewed July 1, 2011

We visited the Gateway Arch on a Monday morning in early June. We arrived by 9:00 AM and there was no wait at all to ride the tram to the top of the Arch. Even an hour later, there was still no wait. I'm sure that at times it can be very crowded, but that was not the case on the morning we were there. The tram ride was not as bad as I had imagined and the view from the top was fantastic! Just be aware that there are stairs that you must take to get to and from the tram and there is no elevator. Additionally, be sure and see the movie on how they buillt the Arch. It was very interesting! The grounds around the Arch are very well-kept. The walk from the parking garage along the tree-lined sidewalk is beautiful. Looking up at the arch from the ground is as impressive as the view from the top. One thing that would have been nice is if they had a restaurant or snack bar on site, which they don't. This is a must-see if you are anywhere near St. Louis!

Visited June 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spectacular view and fascinating exhibits are waiting at the Arch!”
Reviewed June 29, 2011

My grandson and I really enjoyed the Gateway Arch and the Westward Expansion Museum exhibits. It is always a treat to see the mighty Mississippi from a bird's eye view. The museum is well laid out and very informative.

Visited July 2010
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Vastly Overrated”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

The Arch is poorly managed and not able to handle the huge crowds it attracts. There were signs at the north entrance telling people that there was also a south entrance, and many people walked to the south entrance only to find that it was closed. The waits in line are endless with little to do; you are packed into huge crowds that you cannot leave without losing your place in line. The observation deck at the top is tiny, dirty and smelly, with unruly children hogging the views from the little slits of windows. I considered this a waste of an afternoon.

Visited June 2011
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