About St. Louis

by SmarterTravel Staff
St. Louis arch in winter (Photo: IndexOpen)

St. Louis might have been just a jumping off point for Lewis and Clark, but this city is a first-rate destination with dozens of world class attractions. Just say, "Meet me in St. Louis!" when you're ready for a fun vacation.

Known as the "Gateway to the West," the St. Louis Arch commemorates the Lewis and Clark expedition that began here and opened up the country to settlers. Guests can even ride to the top for a view of the city. History buffs can see the courthouse where Dred Scott's famous case was heard, as well as the home of Scott Joplin, the "King of Ragtime."


A trip to the St. Louis City Museum is sure to delight the kids, who can explore caves built in a shoe factory's tunnel system or climb monkey bars made out of aircraft fuselages and a fire engine. Families will enjoy seeing more than 22,000 animals at the free St. Louis Zoo.

Of course, a trip to St. Louis wouldn't be complete without some barbeque, and it's easy to find. Local experts name Pappy's Smokehouse as a best bet, but everyone has a favorite. Wash it down at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, where guests at least 21 years old can sample a brew, and everyone can enjoy the famous Clydesdale horses.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is served by airlines like AirTran, Delta, and Southwest, so flights to St. Louis should be easy to find.

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