Your gateway to your St. Louis, Missouri getaway is closer than you know. Sports fans, foodies, and fans of the Blues: this is the place to be. St. Louis is a vibrant metropolis flourishing in the U.S. heartland that never quite relinquished its avidly autonomous frontier-town roots but still maintains a classic Midwestern humbleness.
What started as a thriving river port town, St. Louis is also where the Lewis and Clark Expedition launched, and in the 19th century became the launching pad for the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California pioneer trails. To this day, St. Louis remains a major transportation and distribution center, with the second largest inland port in the country as part of the Inland Waterway System.
St. Louis at a Glance
St. Louis is on the upswing, with an extremely affordable cost of living, a high diversity of race and culture within its city limits, and more entertainment and eateries than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at. It has become a sports mecca, with St. Louis Cardinals baseball fans and Blues hockey fans making the pilgrimage to sip a Budweiser at Busch Stadium or rally behind a power play at the Enterprise Center.
It is a sweet tooth�s paradise, known for its gooey cake and frozen custard, while those with a more savory appetite can enjoy the sweet heat of those slow-smoked St. Louis style ribs. Rhythm, blues, jazz, and hip hop keep up the beat with available sets at several venues throughout the city. It is a great city to get lost in and find yourself all at once.
Where is St. Louis?
St. Louis is on bluffs above the western banks of the Mississippi River. The area surrounding the city of St. Louis is a fertile prairie punctuated by low hills and shallow valleys. The Missouri River makes up the northern border of St. Louis County, while the Meramec River forms the majority of its southern border. The confluence of these rivers around St. Louis is what made it such an ideal port town when the steamboat came to being. The city experiences hot, humid summers and chilly winters, and often cold Arctic air and hot tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico meet and mingle, riddling the spring with thunderstorms. This merging of warm and cold air puts St. Louis in a Tornado alley, and the city certainly has seen its fair share of tornadoes. If you are trying to avoid Tornado Season, aim for summer, fall, and winter visits to St. Louis.
St. Louis Attractions
What better way to kick off your journey than by visiting the Gateway Arch. At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is the world�s tallest arch and the tallest human-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. Take a trip to the top to survey the city you are about to dive into!
You can begin your morning at Vincent Van Doughnut with a lemon lavender or blueberry doughnut as you head to Blueberry Hill, a delightful commemoration to music, rock and roll, and Chuck Berry. Find your inner peace at the glass-domed Missouri Botanical Gardens, or bring out your whacky side at the City Museum with a turn on the Ferris wheel.
While the ribs are not to be missed, there is another gem you better check out while you are dining your way through St. Louis: toasted ravioli. On that front, Anthonio�s has you covered. Cool down with a Ted Drewes frozen custard before heading to Busch Stadium for a Cardinals game. Or, take in a performance of the St. Louis Symphony, the second oldest symphony orchestra in the country.
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