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“Impressive even at night”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #10 of 253 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.
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“Impressive even at night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

My friend and I squeezed in a quick visit to the arch during a business trip. I recommend to everyone visiting the city to go to the arch. We did not go inside the visitors center because it was after hours. Seeing it from afar did not give me a good sense of just how big it is!

Visited October 2012
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“Over crowded tourist place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

It's very good. One of the best things in St. Louis for a tourist. There is a parking place which costs around $10, but if you buy online ticket it's free. I had to pay $10 for parking. There is a museum at the ground floor of the Arch, which is not bad too. You get on an elevator and go to the top of the Arch. The top of the arch is usually crowded, with little room to get a decent photo of the view.

Visited September 2012
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“Take a Deep Breath. . . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Depending on the time on your admission ticket, you join a line to go up one side of The Arch or the other. It is not until the doors open to the 8 pod-like cars and you start inside your assigned car with the other 4 people in your group that you realize just how small the car is. Don't expect to sit straight up if you are over 5 feet! The seats have no backs and the (small) door is glass giving the 2 riders closest easy viewing of the mechanics (and stairs) during the 4-minute ride up and 3-minute ride down. The space at the top of the arch is not large but is well designed to enable easy photos from either side. Because the number of people is limited, it is not a long line to catch a pod back from either side. Not a trip for anyone with claustrophobia!

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco Bay Area
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“Gateway Arch: An amazing structure.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

You have probably seen photos of it, but you really have to stand near the phenomenal structure to appreciate it. I skipped the ride up to the top because I'm acrophobic, but my hustand pad the $10 and said it was well worth it for the experience. He also said that if you are claustrophobic, keep in mind that the cars you ride in up to the top are very small. We stayed in the Ballpark Hilton and will always remember the view of the arch in a colorful sunrise.

Visited October 2012
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“Don't miss the free visitors center in the basement!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Most people know about the arch, but many people visit without going under the Arch to visit the free visitors center. The visitors center has excellent displays on the westward expansion, including great exhibits on Lewis & Clark.

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