Gateway Arch, Saint Louis

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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
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3149821410
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Gateway Arch, Saint Louis

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 Information

  • 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.

Gateway Arch Ticket Prices

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

Gateway Arch Opening and Closing 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 by Public Transport

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

Restaurants Near Gateway Arch

  • Old Spaghetti Factory (Italian)
  • BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups (American)
  • Broadway Oyster Bar (Seafood)
  • Lucas Park Grille (Pastas, Desserts, Grilled Food)

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Gateway Arch, Saint Louis Reviews

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  • Coming over the hill on I-70, it was quite a site to behold. It seemed larger in the distance than we imagined, but we kept getting closer and closer and it kept getting higher and higher in the sky. Such a unique monument, it was impressive to see along the river. Unfortunately there was a lot of construction going on so we didn't get the experience we hoped. We couldn't walk all around it, and it opens surprisingly late in the morning, we didn't get a chance to go up as we were just passing through and had to be going by 10:00 am on Saturday. We hope to visit again after the construction is all finished up. It was still worth stopping to see, walking under it makes you feel pretty insignificant under this towering beauty. The location along the river adds to the aura that you feel standing beside it. A fun place to just sit and watch the river go by, the boats as they pass beside along, and the people like myself, necks arched to look up at this shining testament to westward expansion. We arrived at roughly 8:00 am on a Saturday morning with a pickup and small trailer. We managed to find parking less than a block away and there were several small shops open in the area for breakfast, but the gift shops were not open. If going on the weekend, getting there early seems like a good idea to find parking, but plan to stay a little longer and enjoy more as I hope to do next time.

  • Being inside the Arch was an education, from the beginning its amazing engineering was quite a fete, its construction and the dedication of the men & women who made it happen. The ride up was pretty interesting feeling the car move and not seeing where you were going is a sensory overload at times, but we made it and didn't have to climb the stairs. The people here are very polite, courteous and go out of their way to help you. We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to a follow-up trip to see the completed overhaul

  • One of the highlights of our trip with the family through St. Louis. The elevator system for reaching the top was quite exciting and not for anybody with claustrophobia. The view from the top of the arch was great. We were there in the late evening, so the best views were of Busch stadium which was lit up and the Old Court House. The fountain across the river was also fun to watch, but the wind carried away most of the water.

  • What a unique experience it to see this massive arch every time I'm traveling through this great American city!! I am inspired by the planning and thought that they had to perform just in the staged BEFORE construction began. Even if you cannot take time to stop for pictures or go inside, enjoy it's beauty as you go by!!

  • Enjoy the views as you approach. Walk around (best you can, with construction still on-going). Reflect on the meaning of the architecture. Head down to the river and look back. Enjoy the changing light and cloud reflection. We paid to go to the top but in our opinion, forget it. It's crowded, the air is stale, you have to look through narrow window slits, and the view is just okay except you can see the magnitude of the exterior landscaping that is being done. The movie, gift shop, and interior walk arounds are top notch.

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