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“St. Louis Landmark”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #10 of 258 things to do in Saint Louis
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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.
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St. Louis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“St. Louis Landmark”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

Many St. Louis natives don't go up in the Arch unless they have out-of-town visitors. The Arch has a lot to offer. The free museum beneath the Arch is great. There are also a couple movies that can be seen (at a cost) that show the Arch being built. A trip to the top of the Arch is a memory. It is not for those who are claustrophobic. The cubicles are small- holding approximately 5 persons. Once at the top you can get some great pictures of the Old Court House. The windows are tiny but you can still get a good view. You may stay as long as you wish at the top and take and tram back down at your leisure.

Visited March 2011
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Chicago, IL
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“Worth the wait”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

At times you may have to queue to get to the top, but the view is worth it. However, a little hidden gem is the Americana timeline history museum underneath - don't miss this part, and I suggest doing it before you go up. Happy travels.

Visited June 2011
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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great view of the city.”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

We went to the top of the arch at night. What a beautiful view. The pods you go up in are rather small and I don't recommend if you are claustrophobic. About six people fit in a pod.
They have an informative movie and some other things you can do while you wait for your turn.

Visited September 2011
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North Carolina
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“Snowing at the Top!”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

Being from the south, it was great to see the snow falling when we got to the top of the Arch. The tram up was very tight, with two men over 6ft tall with us, but the window in the small car helped to curb claustrophobia. The staff was very friendly and did not hurry our picture taking.

Visited February 2012
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“Amazing work and peaceful landscape”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

It is really a good place for a walk and enjoy the city.. It's teh icon of St. Louis

Visited February 2012
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