What are the five best things to see and do in St. Louis?

What was once the “gateway to the West,” St. Louis is chock full of great attractions. Home to a major brewery and one of the most successful professional baseball teams, this Mid-Western city has so much to explore. Here’s our list of the five best things to see and do in St. Louis:

Tour Anheuser-Busch. Trace the making of Budweiser beer from farm fields to finished product in a tour of the nation’s largest brewery. Inside the 150-year-old plant, you’ll also experience a historic brewhouse, beechwood aging cellars, a packing facility and Clydesdale stables. Those of age can even sample Budweiser products.
Zoom to the top of the Arch. From the top of Eero Saarinen’s 630-foot stainless steel Gateway Arch, you can see miles and miles in the distance. Symbolizing the starting point of the westward expansion of the United States, the Arch is a must-see in St. Louis. Enter the visitors center at either leg of the structure and board a pod (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and shoot up to the top of this architectural masterpiece.
Visit the animals at the zoo. As one of the best in the country, the St. Louis Zoo is home to nearly 20,000 exotic animals and more than 650 different species. Each of the species represents the major continents and biomes of the world. Strolling through the 90 acres of rolling hills, you’ll pass by rare and endangered species such as the Asian elephant and Speke’s gazelle.
Catch a ball game. Considered the nation’s best baseball town, St. Louis is home to the Cardinals. Played at Busch Stadium, a Cardinals game is one of the most exciting things in the city. As one of the most successful teams in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 World Series championships. Not too shabby.
Admire the cathedral. Take in the beauty of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, both inside and out. Completed in 1907, the Cathedral is home to one of the most extensive examples of Byzantine mosaic art. Ogle at the finished product that was once nearly 42 million pieces of glass in more than 7,000 colors, which come together to create 83,000 square feet of breathtaking mosaics designed by 20 artists over a span of 75 years.

  • On November 12, 2011
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    What is the best time to visit St. Louis?

    With its climate being in somewhat of a purgatory, St. Louis is in the transitional zone between the humid continental climate and the humid subtropical climate. No matter which way it leans, the climate tends to be muggy. Though it gets quite chilly in the winter, December through February are actually the driest months; so if you don’t mind the cold, this is a great time to visit. The summers are hot and humid, but not to the point of discomfort.

    Our ideal visit to St. Louis would be in the late summer or early fall. With the baseball season still going on and the football season just starting, the city glows with pride. The humidity isn’t as overwhelming during these months (think August and September), and the cold winter has yet to blow in. Though there are some heavy storms in the fall, they tend to be random. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in town during an Indian summer with warmer weather and the flowers staying in bloom into early December.
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    What are the best places to stay in St. Louis?

    With all of the fabulous attractions in St. Louis, it’s no surprise that there are a few fabulous hotels, too. Whether you’re looking for the luxury that comes standard at the Four Seasons or the history that accompanies some of the boutique hotels, you’ll be pleased with the offerings in this Mid-Western city. Here are some of our favorite places to stay in St. Louis:

    1. Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. With the luxury and attentive service that come standard with this hotel group, this Four-Star hotel is one of the best in the city. The airy guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings and a light wood color palette, plus amenities such as an LCD television and an iPod docking station. Just be sure to request a room facing south to get a view of the Gateway Arch. If you venture out, head for the Vegas-style casino Lumiere Place just outside your doorstep. Or if you feel like staying in, retreat to the outdoor pool with hot tub overlooking downtown St. Louis, or make for the Four-Star spa and indulge in the signature Caviar Serum Facial. Grab a drink or dinner at Italian restaurant Cielo at sunset to capture the striking urban view from the terrace.

    2. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. This sophisticated hotel features spacious and plush guest rooms, all with private balconies with views of the city skyline. In the heart of the bustling business district, Clayton, this Four-Star hotel is just outside of the hectic downtown neighborhood. You can get your blood flowing in the comprehensive fitness center that includes lap and hydrotherapy pools. Then indulge at the Wine Room, a unique spot for sampling one of the hotel’s more than 7,000 bottles of wine, while the restaurant offers a fine dining experience.
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in St. Louis?

    Filled to the brim with history, science and wonder, St. Louis has all kinds of activities for kids. Whether your youngster is brave enough to venture to the top of the Gateway Arch or is wrapped up in the fun at the St. Louis Children’s Museum, you won’t run out of fun things to do for the kids. Here’s our list of the five best things to do with kids in St. Louis:

    1. Get a birdseye view. Hop into a pod at the bottom and zoom up to the top of the 630-foot stainless steel Gateway Arch. As you look out the window, you’ll be able to see as far as the horizon stretches.

    2. Visit the animals. Take a stroll through the 90-acre St. Louis Zoo to see nearly 20,000 animals, many of which are rare or endangered. With more than 650 species at the zoo, you’ll discover animals from all over the world. The St. Louis Zoo is considered one of the best in the country.

    3. Play in the magic house. Your little one will be begging you for more after a trip to the St. Louis Children’s Museum. Yet again, one of the best in the country, this kids-centric museum is fun for kids of all ages. Your kids will love the 50,000 square feet of a child’s wonderland, Magic House. With more than 50 hands-on galleries, kids can do everything from climb a beanstalk to sit in a replica of the Oval Office.

    4. Take a thrill ride. Venture to Six Flags St. Louis to get your adventure seekers their fill of thrill. Go from ride to ride to get the most of the 33 rides, and don’t forget the live shows. If that’s not enough, make a splash in Hurricane Harbor Water Park.

    5. Learn the fun way. At St. Louis Science Center, you and your kids will be learning without even knowing it because you’ll be having so much fun. With more than 700 hands-on exhibits spread throughout three buildings, you can explore everything from medicine to the stars.
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  • On November 11, 2011
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    What are the five best things to see and do in St. Louis?

    What was once the “gateway to the West,” St. Louis is chock full of great attractions. Home to a major brewery and one of the most successful professional baseball teams, this Mid-Western city has so much to explore. Here’s our list of the five best things to see and do in St. Louis:

    Tour Anheuser-Busch. Trace the making of Budweiser beer from farm fields to finished product in a tour of the nation’s largest brewery. Inside the 150-year-old plant, you’ll also experience a historic brewhouse, beechwood aging cellars, a packing facility and Clydesdale stables. Those of age can even sample Budweiser products.
    Zoom to the top of the Arch. From the top of Eero Saarinen’s 630-foot stainless steel Gateway Arch, you can see miles and miles in the distance. Symbolizing the starting point of the westward expansion of the United States, the Arch is a must-see in St. Louis. Enter the visitors center at either leg of the structure and board a pod (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and shoot up to the top of this architectural masterpiece.
    Visit the animals at the zoo. As one of the best in the country, the St. Louis Zoo is home to nearly 20,000 exotic animals and more than 650 different species. Each of the species represents the major continents and biomes of the world. Strolling through the 90 acres of rolling hills, you’ll pass by rare and endangered species such as the Asian elephant and Speke’s gazelle.
    Catch a ball game. Considered the nation’s best baseball town, St. Louis is home to the Cardinals. Played at Busch Stadium, a Cardinals game is one of the most exciting things in the city. As one of the most successful teams in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 World Series championships. Not too shabby.
    Admire the cathedral. Take in the beauty of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, both inside and out. Completed in 1907, the Cathedral is home to one of the most extensive examples of Byzantine mosaic art. Ogle at the finished product that was once nearly 42 million pieces of glass in more than 7,000 colors, which come together to create 83,000 square feet of breathtaking mosaics designed by 20 artists over a span of 75 years.