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“Monumental and worth your time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 253 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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Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Monumental and worth your time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

The Arch is beautiful and worth seeing from the outside alone. The more you explore it, the better it gets. You can take an elevator to the top of the Arch and the base contains the Museum of Westward Expansion. Watch the movie about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. The Arch rewards visitors who love art, architecture, and history. Very cool.

Visited August 2011
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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

When you visit, plan to spend several hours and make sure you watch the movie about how the Arch was built. Going up to the Arch was a fun ride. When we went up, it was overcast so the view was not the best. The staff are very nice and helpful. One of my favorite parts was the park surrounding the Arch.

Visited April 2012
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Pleasant Prairie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Gateway Arch -- Amazing but make your reservations ahead of time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

On a recent weekend road trip to St Louis, we decided to check out the Gateway Arch, Anheuser-Busch, and the Cardinal's Busch Stadium. The Gateway Arch was amazing! The park surrounding the arch is beautifully maintained. We saw lots of bridal parties taking advantage of the spectacular scenery.

Because we hadn't made reservations to go up in the Arch ahead of time (on-line), we weren't able to take the tram tour on Saturday -- all time slots were sold out! Okay, how about first thing on Sunday morning...nothing available until Sunday afternoon. We did get a reservation for the last tour on Sunday afternoon. Luckily the Brewers beat the Cardinals in time for us to make our 4:50 reservations.

Bottom line -- the Gateway Arch is definitely worth visiting when you are in St. Louis just make your reservations on-line ahead of time to ensure you the tours aren't sold out when you want to go!

Visited April 2012
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Bel Air, Maryland
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“Great as usual”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

Be sure to watch the Tucker Theater "making of" film before going up. The ride up is unique, adjusting to the arch angle as you go. Unique attraction well worth seeing.

Visited May 2012
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Pendleton, Oregon
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“Don't miss the movie in the Tucker theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

The Arch is amazing. Even more amazing is the story of the building of the Arch. Don't miss it!

Visited April 2012
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