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“An American classic”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 254 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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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“An American classic”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Okay, there may be more important attractions in America, but the Arch is definitely one of the biggies. The view from the top is a bit of a disappointment to most people, but I do still recommend it, just so you can always say "I've been to the top" when you see it on TV, which happens a lot.

Visited November 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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“Amazing view”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you want a great view of 2 states this is the way to do it and also get a picture of the stadium. Great for ariel shots of downtown. You ride in Pods which are egg shaped if you are incredibly claustrophobic this is not the ride for you. If you can get over that the views are incredible. Also and amazing free museum exhibit in the base that is highly informative.

Visited October 2012
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Columbia City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very neat to see”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The arch is of course very large in person and iconic, so it was fun to see. However, we got there around 4 p.m. and all of the tram rides to the top were sold out for the rest of the day. We had no idea this could happen, so it was a disappointment to our group to miss out on that.

Visited November 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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“Cool experience, small elevators”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I went on a "Journey to the Top" over the weekend. As life long residents of the St. Louis area, we'd never been to the top (shameful, I know!). At any rate, we had a good time overall. The view from the top is awesome! However, the elevators getting you there were not. I realize that they were specially built a long time ago but I do think they should get someone in there to re-think that design. If you are considered "overweight" or tall by any standard then that elevator is going to be the most uncomfortable 4min ride of your life! Aside from that, they have a nice museum and merchantile shop to visit. They also have theatres where they show pioneer movies and such about the history of the Arch and St. Louis. I plan on going back to experience all of that.

Visited November 2012
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Voyage of Discovery Museum”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The museum beneath the Gateway Arch is well laid out and informative. It chronicals the history of our great land. We did not go up in the Arch this visit, but enjoyed the exhibits in the museum. We also visited the old Courthouse a couple of blocks away that is, I believe, a part of the same National Park system. It too, did not disappoint.

Visited October 2012
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