Renting a car for getting around in St. Louis is a good option.  About 8 national rental companies do business at the St. Louis International Airport.  Ample parking is available at the major attractions.  Free street and lot parking are available throughout Forest Park, and reasonably priced garage, lot, and levee parking are available at the riverfront near the Arch and Laclede’s Landing.  Metered street parking is available throughout the city, with the meters running from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday.  Most have a two-hour limit, and those in the downtown area are free on Saturdays.

Navigating around St. Louis is not overly difficult, but new visitors should not try it without a map.  Downtown streets mainly conform to a grid, with alternating one-way streets running north or south.  The interstates typically get congested around the 4:30 to 6:00 rush hour, particularly near the I-270 interchanges.  Drivers should be aware that many highway entrances and exits are only available from one highway direction; if there is an exit onto a side street from the eastbound lanes, don’t assume that there will be one from the westbound lanes, and you may have to do a little navigation to re-enter the highway from a different spot than where you exited.