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
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3149821410
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Tourist Center, 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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
  • Gateway Arch Timing: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Gateway Arch Price: Free
  • 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
  • The only reason we went to St Louis was to visit this beautiful place. There is a museum underground below the arch which is very well presented. We spent half of our day learning about the history of arch and the ride to the top is a real trip inside those tiny pods. The view from the top of the arch is breath taking.we just took bike from lime bike applications and just enjoy every single minute we spent in St Louis. Would not visit without seeing the movie on how the arch was constructed as well as loved watching the actual footage of work crews. So interesting and informative

  • Wonderful. Awesome greatest place in St. Louis. Can be for family and friends or a romantic date. History and exploring with excitement. The renovation is amazing. All them kids had a blast and we're not bored. The cafeteria food was really good with limited options, but you get to eat at the Gateway Arch museum. Can't pass that up. The ARCH grounds and park so relaxing and exciting to watch the River activities.

  • Beautiful park to visit! You can buy your tickets online which I suggest if you have limited time in the area. I went on a Sun afternoon in Oct and security took 5 min, then you can access the impressive museum, gift shop, and cafe for free. Skip the boat tour. The museum has amazing displays, artifacts and videos taking you through the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the growth of St. Louis and finally some background about the Arch itself. Allow 1-2 hours. The 30 min video goes in depth about the engineering feat the Arch is, showing real video footage from construction in the 1960's. I highly suggest watching the video before going up the tram so you'll appreciate it more. The 4 minute tram ride was interesting because the glass doors of your car let you see behind the scenes into the Arcs construction. Once at the top, you'll have a few small windows to look down over the city and river but there is no need to spend more than a few minutes up there before heading back down. The line to go up seemed to vary. We had Sun 2:10pm tickets and it took 45 min to get on the tram, by 4:30pm it looked like there was barely a line but that could have been due to the rainy weather.

  • The new and improved arch grounds and museum is a must see for visitors and locals who have already been. The new museum is hands on, state of the art exhibits, and park rangers demonstrate aspects of fur trade, the routes, native Americans, and the Europeans. The years of St Louis’ growth on the river front had a spectacular scaled model. We were absolutely delighted by all the updates!

  • If you haven't been since July, 2018, you need to go back! The new museum and grounds are very welcoming and a much needed change! The cafe at the base serves locally roasted beans and other local fare highlights.

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Gateway arch
  • 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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