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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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Wood River, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2014

Plenty of photo opportunities, but most of the stuff you want to do costs and requires some patience on some days. Not a bad things to check out but not overwhelmingly fun for young kids and some teens.

Visited March 2014
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Bhimavaram, India
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awsome sight .. Must see..”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

I wasn't very keen when my relative suggested to go see the Arch, but as I walked towards it, the size of the Arch just grew and grew with each step. And my mouth opened more and more in awe..You have to actually see it to believe it.. The size of the arch is so big that there is a tram going up and down on each leg and the top part has a sight seeing room with windows on each side. There is an exhibition center at the ground floor, which is entertaining, if one interested in history. The sight from the top is amazing and so is the sight of the arch from the ground.. The sight is very inspiring and its kudos to the people who have imagined and built this amazing structure. Must see if you visit St Luis..

Visited March 2014
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lithia springs
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85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2014

When we first saw the Arch, while still in Illinois, the sun was glinting off of it casting an almost magical spell. When we got to visit it within a few hours, it was truly a remarkable experience. I was hesitant about going up, but I wasn't not going up. I am afraid of heights & don't like small spaces, but I got over my fear, and WOW. The experience was amazing. The views, the feeling of being up there after we saw the movie about how it was built was incredible. It was during the week, so it was not as crowded, and we stayed up about 20 mins or so. I got over being scared, and just enjoyed the experience. The tram going up was scary, because I was facing forward & kept rocking, but I switched positions w/ my husband on the return ride, which was much better. I felt more secure & not as afraid. One more thing off my bucket list! I highly suggest it to anyone who wants to be a part of this piece of America.

Visited June 2014
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Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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204 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“We'll worth your time. Tram ride up was great. Views views”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

Seeing the Arch is a must if you are in the area. We really like taking the tram up to the top, and looking out windows. It is well worth the price to go. The tram cars are 5 seater, but very small. They are rounded inside, and not much head room or other room, but well,worth it. We really enjoyed the views from the top.

Visited May 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“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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