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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.