Gateway Arch

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  • Address: 200 Washington Ave., between Memorial Dr & Lenore K. Sullivan Blvd, on the riverfront, Saint Louis, MO 63103 (Downtown), United States
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  • Phone: +1-3149821410
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Family And Kids, Architecture

Shining silver bright, delicately curved yet gigantic in size, Saint Louis’ Gateway Arch is quite a sight to be behold. Not only is it a real beauty but also the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere! When one combines the arch’s architectural splendour with its rich historical significance, you start truly appreciating why this is the symbol of the city.

In 1803, U.S President Thomas Jefferson procured the territory of Louisiana for $15 million dollars from the French Government, thus marking the westward expansion of the United States. More than a hundred years later, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association laid the foundations of the larger than life, steel memorial that commemorates this growth. Stretching up and over an impressive 630 feet, its sleek body is in the shape of an inverted and flattened piece of spider webbing. The arch is a popular sight to see because of its physical beauty, historical significance, and the fascinating details that went into its creation.

  • Obviously, the most popular activity at the arch is ascending this towering figure, which you can do in three ways: take an elevator, travel up in tram-capsules or climb 1,076 stairs. You can imagine which option is the least favourite!
  • No matter which route you choose, once you’re at the top you’ll be in for a treat. You can see up to thirty miles, with Missouri in the East and Illinois in the West. Imagine the view of St. Louis from up upon one of the tallest arches in the Western Hemisphere!
  • The museum at the bottom is a great introduction to what the arch honours and explains the expansion westward and the pioneers behind it. This museum transforms this modern day marvel into a time machine.
  • If you’re more comfortable with your feet on the ground, worry not. There’s a stunning lighting system that creates magic upon the reflective stainless steel of the arch’s body. Normal nights have the arch lit up with bright white flood lights and on special occasions or momentous days, you can expect a bouquet of colours and lighting effects splashed out across its body.

Besides the Gateway Arch, there are other parts to the Jefferson Memorial all around the area. Though the arch is the most magnificent structure there, there are many other complimentary structures in the area, such as the Old Court House, which represent the past of St. Louis.

Gateway Arch Travel Tips

  • A late morning during the summer months is the busiest time to visit the arch, so try to visit at another time if you want to avoid crowds.
  • Designated accessible parking spaces are available in the Arch Parking Garage on Washington Avenue, at the north end of the Arch grounds.
  • RVs and other vehicles over 7 feet high, which cannot enter the garage can drop off passengers at the Old Cathedral parking lot on South Memorial Drive.
  • This is not fully accessible. There are no accommodations for wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers to the top levels of the Gateway Arch or the Old Courthouse.
  • The tram-pods are small and may be cramped for taller people.
  • Sign language interpretation for live programs is available with one week advanced notice.
  • You can also ride a boat on the lake or view a screening of the film ‘Monument to the Dream’ which details the construction of the Arch.
  • Parking charges are extra.
  • The museum gift shop is home to loads of books, videos, posters, and educational material.

Entrance Ticket Details For Gateway Arch

  • 15 and under- $5
  • Adults- $10
  • Group tickets are available and you can book them online.

Gateway Arch Hours

  • Summer and winter hours slightly differ.
  • You can view the structure even before or after the trams are shut.

How to Reach Gateway Arch

  • There are numerous bus and motor coach stops in the area.

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  • Gateway Arch Address: 200 Washington Ave., between Memorial Dr & Lenore K. Sullivan Blvd, on the riverfront, Saint Louis, MO 63103 (Downtown), United States
  • Gateway Arch Contact Number: +1-3149821410
  • Time required to visit Gateway Arch: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Saint Louis include Gateway Arch in their plan

  • 39.56% of people start their Gateway Arch visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Gateway Arch

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

60.49% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Gateway Arch

People normally club together Old Courthouse and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial while planning their visit to Gateway Arch.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Gateway Arch Reviews & Ratings

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  • Simply beautiful! The free museum has been revamped in the last couple of years and is excellent. The highlight of my experience though was the friendly staff! They helped us get through the line in no time flat! They were also answering our questions before we could even ask them which was mighty impressive. Loved it!

  • It’s always a good place to visit and they do have fond memories. We were treated as a child to a big trip into a big city of St Louis. Born in the country a being able to see this as it was being constructed was unbelievable. It’s still pretty amazing when I’m able to travel to go see it. At one time my mom used to drive all the way there once or twice a week so she could be a tour guide. The last time we were in St Louis we were able to go down to the District and we couldn’t believe how high the water level was because of all the flooding. Roads that I remember at the bottom of the arch closer to the river are all gone you could barely see the street lights hanging out of the water . It was a incredible site. A lot of changes have gone on in that area since the arch was construction in 1967. They had to get the area below the arch or salad so it wouldn’t flood. It’s really cool all the history in the museums that are free to the public for you to explore about the entrance to the great west. I WOULD recommend you go have a visit because it does show you a lot of history and how it was constructed. You can even take an elevator to the top and the view is incredible. It is unfortunate that most of the places that I remember, the great restaurants and clubs that have great music are now gone

  • Great experience all-around. It’s a National Park, so if you’re a member, bring your card. The staff is friendly and helpful. The museum/exhibits are very cool and well-done. The trip to the top of the arch is not bad at all, so don’t be scared. The view from the top is out of a series of tiny windows, better for looking with your eyes than taking photos.

  • What an amazing monument. The new arch grounds project turned out great!! There is plenty of grass area and shade for a picnic or any activity for your family. Great views of the Mississippi River from the ground and the top. The new entry and museum are very modern and impressive! Great knowledge and activities await with in. The ride of the tram was fun and the views of the city incredible. This is something every should visit at least once and frequently if you're a local.

  • well laid out with lots of displays and information. helpful staff who knew their script. the views are impressive if rather samey since its all flat. the national pride and memorial aspect probably offers more to the American tourist than the international traveler. worth the visit when you are in the city but i wouldn't go there just to see this.

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  • Address of Gateway Arch main entrance and parking in or outside of Arch? Thanks, Anton Morch

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    • The Gateway Arch does not have any on-site parking. But, you will be able to find many parking garages near Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch Visitor Center. To get the directions to the Gateway Arch entrance, I suggest you visit the official website where you will find relevant information under 'Getting Here'. 

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  • I HAVE A LIFETIME SENIOR, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL CARD. I will be bringing two adults and four kids under 16 to visit the Arch. Can I purchase tickets in advance of Thursday, July 11 and how do I go about doing it?

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    • You can purchase the tickets in advance. You will have to visit the official website of the Gateway Arch to buy these tickets. 

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  • do you walk up the arch and how much is it to go to the top

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    • I do not think you can walk up but there is a tram ride that takes you to the top. There are different prices depending on the package you choose but the basic ride starts from USD 12 per head for adults and USD 8 for kids between 3 to 15. 

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  • I am staying at a hotel on Jefferson Ave and was hoping to take the Metrolink downtown. Is there a station within walking distance of the arch?

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    • I suppose the closest bus stop to Gateway Arch is 4th Street @ Pine NB. For more details, I suggest search online. 

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  • Parking for Arch?

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    • The parking is available on Memorial Drive between Walnut and Market Streets as well as Chestnut and Pine Streets. 

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  • current admission price for the museum & ride to top of the Arch?

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    • The entry to Gateway Arch museum is free and the cost of the tram ride to the top is as follows: Adults $12 - $16; Children (3–15) $8 - $12; America the Beautiful Pass $9 - $13. Different combos combining the tram ride, cruise trips, and documentary movie are also available, the details of which can be checked on Gateway Arch's official website. 

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  • where to park close. can"t walk to far.

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    • Hi,

      The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri. This monument is located inside The Gateway Arch National Park that is located on the banks of Mississippi River. You can visit the park between 9 AM and 6 PM on all days of the week. Hope this answers your question.

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