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“Great ride...Great view!”
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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“Great ride...Great view!”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

You can't go to St. Louis and not go to the Gateway Arch. To get to the top you sit in little "pods" that hold about 5 people. The ride is only a minute or so, and the view at the top is amazing. Be sure to watch the documentary of how the arch was built before you go to the top, it costs about $7.00 but is an incredible story. There is also a museum under the arch that you could spend days exploring, there is no charge for the museum.

Visited December 2012
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“Very cool”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

It is an impressive structure. I think it is very pretty looking at it, and looking out from it! The views are great but the ride up is cramped and the observation area is pretty cramped too. It is worth it though, as long as you are not afraid of heights (you can feel the arch swaying a bit when you are at the top)!

Visited January 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Pros: beautiful views, great experience, very futuristic, the arch moves a little with the windy (can be dramatic in a windy day ;)), nice magnets in the store

Cons: staff in the arch area weren't very nice or helpful (girls were chatting about their lives)

It's a little pricey but worth every penny. It was a great experience. I saw great views, felt the arch moving (!!!!), loved the futuristic elevator (check my pics) and enjoyed the doc about Lewis and Clark.
The museum is also nice.

Visited December 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“The Arches at St. Louis”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

A great visit included is the Historical Old Courthouse. Not included is a video on how the Arch was built, which is mostly free in places like this.

Visited December 2012
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“Engineering Marvel”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

The sheer fact that the arch was designed and constructed back in the 60s makes it even more spectacular. Do take the elevator to the top of the arch. Worth every penny.

Visited December 2012
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