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Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 263 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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Decatur, Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I have always loved making a stop at the good ole arch everytime I go thru STL. Security has definatley increased in the past few years but I guess it is for the best.

Visited August 2012
Thank Chris H
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Denver, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pretty neat”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I'm glad I did this but I wouldn't do it again! The pods to that take you to the top are a little snug! We didn't have to wait in line or very long at the beginning and the top wasn't too crowded. My real disappointment wasn't with the arch it was with the museum at the base, I thought it would be more about the arch and how it was made and such but it was really just a mu

Visited December 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A must-see on your bucket list, and great value!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

You wouldn't think that going up inside this thing would only cost $11, but it does.

Arrive early! We got there when they first opened at 09:00 (we were on the first tram up), and there was already a line waiting to get in through the security line (just like the airport). There isn't much to do at the top of the arch, so don't expect to stay up there for an hour or anything.

There is NO BATHROOM at the top, so keep that in mind before you line up. After waiting for the tram, riding to the top, seeing what you want to see, and waiting to go back down, you'll likely be without a toilet for over an hour.

The museum is pretty uneventful. The movie we watched (not the IMAX-style one) was incredibly old, but still cool to watch how they built the thing. Gift shop is highly cheesy, as one would expect.

Visited December 2012
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West Fargo, North Dakota
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Must See.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Make your way to the top and look around. Warning: it is a bit claustrophobic on the way up.

We visited during the 4th of July. Watching the fireworks from a hotel across the street is the best way to enjoy the show.

Visited July 2012
Thank Mary T
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Chester, United Kingdom
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“The Arch at Sunset”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The St Louis Gateway Arch was really the only thing I knew about St Louis. I had a layover on my trip across America so I arranged to meet a friend and we managed to get up into the arch for the sunset. The ride up was a little hair raising, not recommended if you have issues with small spaces. Being in a tiny bubble with strangers was different but helped conversation to flow.

When we got to the top the view over the city of St Louis and over the Mississippi River was amazing. Combined with the setting sun made it an even more beautiful view.

A must if you find yourself in St Louis, even if for a few hours like me.

Visited August 2012
Thank Keira J
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