We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Must do!”
Review of The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch
Ranked #1 of 278 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: From the thrilling views to the amazing stories, a visit to the Gateway Arch is an experience that never fails to inspire. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, you’ll find activities to please every member of your party. Attractions include the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch, the Museum at the Gateway Arch (open July 3, 2018), a documentary film about the construction of the Arch, shopping at The Arch Store, a new Arch Cafe, and cruises aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Tickets sell out early and often - advance purchase strongly recommended. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the arch! So glad we did this! It is only $13 each to do the tour. The guides are friendly and know their stuff too. The only advice I give is beware of the small elevators, they hold 5 people and are like a egg inside. If you are claustrophobic in anyway, you may have trouble with this! Even if you are it’s only for 4 mins up, and 3 minutes going back down.

1  Thank Limeyosu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (9,798)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"gateway arch"
in 1,103 reviews
"under construction"
in 520 reviews
"westward expansion"
in 220 reviews
"minute ride"
in 133 reviews
"mississippi river"
in 359 reviews
"amazing structure"
in 94 reviews
"buy your tickets"
in 122 reviews
"afraid of heights"
in 191 reviews
"lewis and clark"
in 170 reviews
"bucket list"
in 181 reviews
"national park"
in 117 reviews
"both sides"
in 102 reviews
"gift shop"
in 348 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 152 reviews
"downtown st"
in 97 reviews
"busch stadium"
in 146 reviews
in 1,320 reviews

165 - 169 of 9,805 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful activity while in St Louis, even if you have a fear of heights. The tours start early in the day and the last one is at around 8:50 pm. I recommend both!

Thank janicembeesley
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice attraction to visit when you are in town. Is located in a nice park downtown. From several hotels on walking distance.

Thank Erik v
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were disappointed to a degree. It is a nice set up either to get to the top of the Arch or the beautifully landscaped area that leads up to the Arch. But the trip up takes 4 minutes and trip down takes 3 minutes. You can go up on one side and down on the other, that is what we did. The pods you travel in are not made for either tall or large persons. The seats are close together and angled, all 5 of them. The view from the Arch is limited and by the time we got there (2:15 pm) all of the windows were adorned with smudged places.

Thank alphawolfie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thought we would spend a couple of hours at the arch and that was it - in the end we spent an entire afternoon, and the museum wasn’t even open. Parking was not an issue and we found a parking garage on 4th st that ended up costing about 6$. We walked two blocks to the Old Courthouse, took pix and then learned about the Dred Scott case. BUY YOUR TICKETS TO THE ARCH ON LINE - we did and still had to wait over 30 minutes in various lines to get to the top. The line at the booth was ridiculously long. We also bought a great package - the arch tram and the riverboat tour for 30.00$. Saved money but also avoided all ticket lines - do this! Anyway, the first line is the security line, the second is to get to the tram. They show you a 60s era movie-type thing, but nothing about the arch orbits construction - meh. Then you get in the tram, which was very cool - only 5 seats and it looks like an escape pod from Star Wars. 4 mins later you are at the top and it is a right fit - there were a lot of people and you just have to be patient to see the spectacular views available - simply amazing from the top of the arch. Then you line up, again, to go down. Really not bad and everyone was very helpful and smiling. So glad to do this, even with the lines. Anyway, check out my reviews for the rest of the afternoon - the park, riverboat tour, and food.

1  Thank Tanksmon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Gateway Arch also viewed


Been to The Gateway Arch? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing