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“Amazing but not for the claustrophobic!”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #10 of 258 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Amazing but not for the claustrophobic!”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you can handle being put into a 5 person cramped pod and whisked up the arch in four minutes of cosiness then you will love the Arch. The view is obviously amazing and the structure is a modern marvel but the journey up and down is not without it's discomfort due to the inherently tricky nature of getting people transported up the structure. It is not so bad if you do not have those issues and it is well worth it!

Visited June 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“this is why you're in St. Louis”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Go to the top. Walk around the legs. Lay on the grass and just look up. Check it out during different times of the day. It's texture and color seem to change constantly. What an amazing feet of engineering and architectural grace.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Get an eyeful on the arch”
Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

This landmark is a very beautiful structure and I was surprised to find it had the capacity for the lookout at the top.
The little cars that take you up there are very compact, and one could feel slightly enclosed, but it is for a short time only.
The view of the surrounding area help to give you a sense of perspective for your surroundings.
There is an excellent museum that you really shouldn't miss at the foot of the arch. Most interesting and informative.

Visited June 2014
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“Better than imagined.”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

I have visited St. Louis many times and never until recently took the time to visit the Gateway Arch (at my 9 year olds request). I’ve admired it from a far many times, but to be close enough to touch it was truly a different experience. We did the tram ride to the top and it was great. Bear in mind I am NOT a ride person. To my surprise, the tram ride really didn’t faze me (just think of it as an elevator, LOL). I did not find the “eggs” (cars) terribly cramped or uncomfortable. The 4 of us (2 adults, 2 children 9 and 12) of average size fit in one fine. We went around 9:30 on a Saturday with little to no wait. Would highly recommend going early as things had certainly picked up by the time we left. I didn’t find the museum overly interesting. As one poster mentioned, it’s a lot to read … but it was air conditioned and had some interesting things to look at. My one regret is that we did not take time for the movie .. do that!

Word of caution, construction related to the CityArchRiver2015 project is a little confusing. Check their website for updates www.gatewayarch.com/visit/plan-a-trip/parking-directions/ and allow a little extra time.

Visited May 2014
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

Very nice attraction for young and old. The outside are is surrounded by a very large park where one can relax, job, or walk. The waterfront (although getting a lot of construction at this time) has a nice seating area which makes for an enjoyable time to just sit and watch the tug boats with barges and other things go by. Occasionally you will the the helicopter take off for a tour. This is also where the riverboat docks. You enter the arch to go underground and first need to pass through a metal detector removing all metal, coins, watches, etc. Once inside you can take a tour of the arch, $14 adults, or you can go to the display they have on Westward Expansion, which doesn't cost. They also have movie screens and showing for $7 each. There is a gift shop and a Mercantile Store which is really neat to go through because they are dressed in period dress, and a lot of the products they sell are in period containers. It's very entertaining to just walk through the store and look at how things were back in the late 1800's. But be warned, it may be hard to get the family out of the store without buying chunks of fudge!!! The trip up to the arch is one of an interesting engineering. As you go up and in, the ride needs to keep correcting because you end up at an angle. Once you are on the top, you look through little windows to see quite a distance. You can spend as much time as you want. The outside of the arch is very interesting to look at because it is made of a highly polished metal and gleams in the sun. The place is abundant with opportunities for pictures. Great experience for children, great learning opportunity for all. One of the movies is on how it was built and another on Lewis & Clark's exploration of the Missouri River basin. Well worth it!

Visited June 2014
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