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“Gateway To The West”
Review of The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 275 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 older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The Arch was built in the early 60s to commemorate the westward expansion of America. There is no charge to visit the arch itself. A movie is available for viewing at a charge. There is a tram that you can ride inside the Arch, but there is also a charge. There is a riverboat ride available for a charge, as well. The museum of westward expansion is located underground. Parking is available for a charge. In fact, I park in the Arch garage for $10 when I am in St. Louis for Rams football games. This really is a must do if you are in St. Louis.

Thank AlphaRam
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Had a great time squeezing myself into the tiny little "capsule" that is called a "tram" up to the top of the Arch. Nice view; not exactly what I expected, but I can say I've been to the top of the Gateway to the West!

Thank TracyRochester_NY
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is a must see in St. Louis. Don't be afraid to take the ride to the top! There is also a museum on the ground level - start from the left and work your way around to the right - we started on the right, and felt like we were moving backwards in time!

Thank nfall2010
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Arch is fantastic of course.Leave plenty of time, particularly in summer crowds, to do the thing. Not recommended for clautrophobics as the pod cars going to the top are very VERY cramped 5 seaters. Do the free 45 minute movie BEFORE the ascent...gives one a more full perspective of this marvel by Saarinen...whos sadly died shortly before it was completed.

Leave time for the hidden jewel back on the main deck...The Jefferson Expansion Memorial Museum. I never do museums...not even the Louvre. That's just me. But THIS puppy was just fantastic...and IT and the movie are free.

Thank TexasRaf
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was so much fun! The lobby area is interesting with murals detailing covered wagons and the history of American's moving West. To get to the top of the Arch, you get into tiny enclosed cubicle cars that seat a few people, and they move slowly up to the top. Once you get to the top, there are windows all along each side of the room that have slanted carpeted walls you lean up against so you can take photos. We'd definitely recommend going up in the Arch! If you are the least bit claustrophobic, DO NOT go up!

Thank JoAnne M
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