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“You can see for miles!”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 266 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 14, 2011

it cost $10 to go up to the top of the arch, if you go to there website you can sign up for emails or text message and it gives you a buy 1 get one free, so my husband and I only spent $10 total instead of $20, when we went up it was a cloudy day they said the visibility wouldn't be good but we saw a ton of stuff! the edwards jones dome, ect. even on a cloudy day you can see for miles. We parked in a lot right by the arch and it was $5, they have a gift shop. The elevator is really little but it didn't take long at all to get to the top not for someone that is claustrophobic tho! Make sure you bring your camera.

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Reviewed July 13, 2011

The view from the arch is terrific for STL itself. However, the IL side is lacking. Also, don't miss the films and the museum.

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Reviewed July 11, 2011

The line was long but worth the wait. The ride was a little tight but still worth the squeeze! It was truely an unforgettable experience. Go up the Gateway you will not regret the trip!

Thank Susass
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

We were staying in downtown St. Louis so of course we visited the Arch. I enjoyed walking through the tree-lined park to arrive at the entrance. As you get close to the Arch, you can really appreciate the architectural marvel. I think I was expecting more from the ride to the top though.

We got in line to buy tickets and were able to get the next available time slot, so in total we waited about 30 minutes from ticket purchase to boarding the elevator. This was on a weekday around 5:30, so I can imagine it being much more crowded on the weekends.

The ride to the top is not really an elevator - it's more like an egg shaped pod that rides on a track up one side of the arch. I've never considered myself claustrophobic until I saw this thing. It's only about 4- feet tall, so your party ducks to enter and sits in a semi-circle on plastic chairs. There are no windows to the outside so it certainly feels confining. We arrived at the top to the landing deck, where the crowd before us was lined up to come down. The windows are tiny slits that you have to lean over to look out, and there's not much room for the amount of people up there at one time.

The museum was interesting to spend a little time visiting, but I wouldn't want to spend a whole day at this attraction.

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Reviewed July 6, 2011

We visited the Arch over the 4th of July weekend. We expected it to be crowded, and we had a significant wait to buy tickets, then another wait for our time to ride the lift to the top. The Park Service has done an excellent job with the Museum of Westward Expansion. It has exhibits, tales from the era, and rangers telling the stories of Lewis and Clark. That is where the good part ends however. For the ride up the Arch they cram 5 people in to little egg-like carriages for the 4 minute ride to the top. When we got up there, they had people waiting to go down lining the stair case, making it practically impossible to get out of the little eggshell and get up the stairs to the landing. Once up there, they had at least twice as many people as they should have crammed in to that small space trying to take pictures out of the tiny windows. Then it was our turn to line the stairs to get back down. If you go, spend your time in the museum and enjoy the Arch from the outside.

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