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Review of The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch
Ranked #1 of 275 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Seeing the Arch when I first arrived in St. Louis made me happy and nostalgic! That is how I felt when I first saw the Arch after landing in St. Louis for a trip last week. I was a little girl the last time I went up to the observation deck. I made ticket reservations on the phone which was a great timesaver - you go pick them up at a special window bypassing everyone else. I'm afraid of heights and I was actually fine at the top overlooking St. Louis and Illinois. Just a majestic magical monument.

Thank DE-Mom
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

What a unique landmark....neat to look at and great view from the top....definitely a must visit attraction if you are near by.....great photo opportunity.

Thank M G
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you are stopping/ driving through St. Louis the arch is a place you must stop! You can get our and stretch your legs for a while and walk around the enormous arch for free or you can go up to the top! If you are going to the top I would suggest buying a ticket ahead of time because the lines can get crazy!

Thank Allison M
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

What a great experience. You have to take a very small elevator to the top which takes about 4 minutes. Although it's tight, it's not that bad. The view from 630 feet up is great. There is also a theater where you can see how the arch was built and what it truly represents. There is also a museum to walk through and gift shops. Arrive early as it takes a while to get through security. You can also do a riverboat tour when available. Would definitely recommend the entire experience.

Thank Eddie P
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

We arrived early to avoid the queues. To get to the top you ride a tram made up of small "pods" that seat five people. They are not particularly comfortable but it only takes four minutes to get to the top.

The viewing area at the top is surprisingly spacious. After taking in the fantastic views you board the tram back down.

We paid an obligatory visit to the gift shop, then spent time in the museum of westward expansion which was included in the price.

Definitely a must do for any visitors to St Louis (even those who don't like heights).

Thank LiciaW
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