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Review of The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 275 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
Reviewed August 19, 2014

It was interesting learning about the arch. We had not been in many years! Very tight squeeze in the capsule to get to the top.

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

The iconic symbol is a must-see. We rode the "capsule-like" elevator that only holds five people to the top. It is not good for people suffering from claustrophobia, however, the ride is only approximately 3 minutes long. Once at the top, the best views are on the Missouri side; there is not much to see in Illinois. We bought our tickets online and went on the first tour. I definitely recommend purchasing online and choosing an early tour. We knew people that just showed up at the Arch and tickets were sold out. We did not have to wait, and the observation area was not crowded. There is a Museum at the base of the Arch that is worth seeing.

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a facebook poster delight. It is also well worth the $10/p to take the car ride to the top. 5 small seats/ car but tall, big people will be too cramped. We went tuesday early afternoon and there was no line (weekends are busy). Museum is only worth while if you have to wait for ride, otherwise skip it. There is a ton of constriction around now and we never did find the arch car park that google knew existed! Park at the big stadium lot a block away

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

I wouldn't do this for the views particularly- they are not so amazing- but we like to go up structures in many cities and this is unusual because it is a curved structure and so you have to go on a tram- in v small pods of 5 people- sitting down- takes 4 mins to the top- not much to see at the top inside, but cool to be that high.

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

There is a lot of construction around the arch right now. We did go on a good day, as there was a minimal wait. We have been in many tall buildings and got a better view, but I guess you have to go up the arch ....once?

Thank janmafait
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