Gateway Arch, St. Louis
So it was the Gateway Arch after all and I must admit the travel from the airport was an easy one. We parked at a space nearby and from there, took a short walk through the picturesque surrounding to the Arch. We went inside the museum first (free always has the first preference); then checked the gift shop out and then, we headed for the tram. It’s good that the River Cruise dock is nearby; in case you buy the tickets early like we did, this place is going to keep you running. The food is good.
Now, I should have known first that they don’t allow the strollers for children. The narration of the tram’s history and hushing down a baby on the lap can’t go hand in hand, more so when the vehicle is packed to the brim. But then again, the ride was quite an enjoyable one; so was the view. It’s spectacular. But little could I gauge what the 630 feet, man-made monument has on offer.
To cut it short, it’s plenty of exciting activities, apart from the tram ride to the top. There’s a documentary film to be seen on a giant-screen movie. However, think twice if you have vertigo; the stunning glimpse of the St. Louis region can pretty well turn into a dizzy feeling from 630 feet above. The Odyssey Theater is a better choice in this case; if you want a larger-than-life experience, then this is the place for you.
Coming back to the sightseeing cruise along the Mississippi. These scenic cruises do more than recapturing the vibrant life that existed during the steamboat era. And just like the rest of the ticket prices, even this has been kept at a bare minimum. But had it been even higher, I wouldn’t have thought twice, for no price can be high enough to get a glimpse of the days of the old West. [more]
Gateway Arch and Memorial Park in St. Louis
The St. Louis Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered a world famous monument, but I had no idea what the hype around it was all about until I went to Missouri last summer and decided to see for myself. St. Louis is a big city, but wherever you are, you can always see the gigantic, metal archway rising up from the center of it. The archway itself is located at the top of a large hill, in the middle of one of St. Louis’s largest parks. The memorial park itself has lots of picnic areas and ponds that I enjoyed taking an afternoon stroll through, but as soon as I arrived at the monument itself, I couldn’t concentrate on the surrounding nature anymore. There are few structures like the Gateway Arch. Made out of smooth steel and rising intimidating overhead, the Arch makes a powerful statement as a gateway to the new world. While I was able to take an elevator to the top of the Arch and look down at a beautiful view of St. Louis below, the true power of the monument still comes from standing underneath it, and trying to get a good view of the whole thing (or try to imagine climbing it, which has been done). Beneath the arch lay a museum of American history and some gift shops for visitors. The museum itself has some fantastic exhibits that include animatronics and real tools and buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, but I found myself simply itching to get out there and get a look at the behemoth above once more. One of the more interesting parts of the museum is a history chart of famous events in American history. I learned more from this visit to a monument alone than my history teachers ever tried to teach me. Honestly, postcards and gift books don’t do this monument justice, so if you have time on your road trip, stop in St. Louis and take a look, because you won’t regret the journey. [more]
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