In this issue:
- Your First Stop
- Explore the Arch and More
- Calling all adventurers!
- Free Things to Do
- More beer.
- A Free Zoo!
- Enjoy St. Louis Nature
- Years of history
- Grant's Farm
- Featured Hotels
- Travel Deals
Welcome to the June issue of the USATourist News magazine. This month we're visiting St. Louis, Missouri. One of the country's most well-known landmarks resides here and gave the city one of its nicknames: Gateway to the West. The Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, standing at 630 feet (192 m). It's also Missouri's tallest accessible building. The structure was dedicated to the westward expansion of the USA and is one of the most prominent structures in the country and definite "must see" for any St. Louis visitor.
Your First Stop
The first thing to do when you arrive in St. Louis, after getting settled into your hotel, should be visiting America's Center which holds the Visitor Information Center. The center is located at the southeast corner of America's Center at 7th and Washington and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Visitors are welcomed to take brochures and maps as well as to learn about current event information on local attractions and restaurants. And don't forget to grab a copy of the Official St. Louis Visitors Guide.
Explore the Arch and More
Next up...visit the Gateway Arch. If you visit during a weekend or during the summer expect long lines. Therefore, it's best to arrive early or expect to spend some time in the vicinity. There is a gift shop that's always fun to roam. In addition to the Arch there are several other St. Louis attractions in the immediate area. The Core of Discovery is a downtown St. Louis attractions district with nonstop entertainment from morning to night. Highlights include the Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch Riverboats, Citygarden, Riverfront Trail, Discovery Bike Rentals, Kiener Plaza and Eads Bridge.
Calling all adventurers!
St. Louis is one pretty city, but there are also plenty of outdoor activities, too. For example, take a couple of days to camp at one of Missouri's beautiful state parks to take advantage of the great swimming, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Or, jump on any of the many biking trails.
One of the most interesting natural attractions is the Meramec Caverns where you'll see the collection of complex mineral formations which took thousands of years to develop. The tour features the rarest and largest cave formations in the world. You may take a guided tour with trained rangers to learn how an ancient limestone "Wine Table" and an entire 7-story mansion were built... all underground.
Free Things to Do
Lucky for us, St. Louis has a nice selection of free attractions. Not only does this help with travel expenses but most of the "free things to do" are stops you'd want to make anyway, making St. Louis a fantastically affordable destination.
The Anheuser-Busch Consumer Hospitality Center is located at the oldest and largest Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This year-round, complimentary tour teaches visitors how this famous beer brand's brew is crafted by following the steps of the brewing process. If you're 21 or older you may partake in tastings in the Hospitality Room at the end of the tour. The tour includes the historic Brew House, Budweiser Clydesdale stable, beechwood lagering cellar, packaging plant, hospitality room and, for those of you who like souvenirs, the Anheuser-Busch Gift Shop has a wide selection of branded merchandise such as hats, shirts, and glassware.
Schlafly Bottleworks also offers a free brewery tour and the chance to try 50 different styles of beer. Live music and dining is offered at both the Bottleworks and the Schlafly Tap Room. St. Louis also has a nice selection of microbreweries including Square One Brewery & Distillery. This location opened in 2006 and was the first micro-distillery restaurant in the state of Missouri.
A Free Zoo!
Most zoos in the United States charge an admission fee and some can be rather expensive. But not the St. Louis Zoo. Admission is free! Residents are very proud of their 90-acre zoo in Forest Park which is home to 19,000 animals. In 2012, the Zoo is opening the Sea Lion Sound, which will offer a spacious new sea lion habitat with the Zoo's popular Sea Lion Show. Zoo guests will be able to walk through an underwater tunnel with views of the swimming sea lions. While the zoo admission is free a few of the attractions do have a minimal fee. These include the Children's Zoo, Conservation Carousel, Zooline Railroad, 4-D Motion Simulator, and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove.
Enjoy St. Louis Nature
Citygarden on Market Street is a fairly new St. Louis attraction located in downtown. If you visit during the warmer months be sure to stop by and take advantage of this quaint area featuring fountains, wading pools and sculptures.
Nature lovers will delight in the World Bird Sanctuary where visitors can see over 200 animals including bald eagles, owls, falcons, vultures and more in the 305 acre Missouri hardwood forest. The Sanctuary also educates visitors about the threatened bird species Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Years of history
If you'd like to delve into the region's history, visit the Missouri History Museum to learn about the 1904 World's Fair, Lewis and Clark, Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic and other permanent and temporary exhibits. Plan to leave with a wealth of fascinating knowledge.
Speaking of the World's Fair, the grounds for the famous fair, Forest Park, features the World's Fair Pavilion and is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It boasts a number of world-class attractions (including the zoo), a golf course, and scenic walking and biking trails. Look for the Jewel Box, a beautiful greenhouse filled with colorful floral displays.
The 281-acre Grant's Farm in South St. Louis County is about as locally-historic as you can get. As home of the Busch family, the current Farm is home to more than 900 animals coming from over 100 species. Operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Grant's Farm is named for the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant whom in the 1850s, founded and farmed a portion of the land. Admission is free to all ages.
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Hampton Inn St. Louis Downtown At the Arch, Mo - The Hampton Inn St. Louis Downtown at the Arch is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, across the street from the famous Gateway Arch. This moderately priced hotel has a 4 star rating from guests. Amenities include a fitness center, high-speed internet and a swimming pool. Rates as low as $107 per night.
Holiday Inn Forest Park - Holiday Inn Forest Park now boasts the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation, featuring stylish new guest rooms, flat screen HDTV's, comtemporary lobby, and modern restaurant and bar. A perfect location the Holiday Inn Forest Park is located approximately one mile south of the St Louis Zoo and 17 miles southeast of Saint Louis Lambert International Airport. Rates as low as $109 USD.
The Westin St Louis - For a more luxurious experience, stay at the Westin. Located in the heart of the city's revitalized, historic Cupples Station area, this 5 star hotel features a restaurant, fitness center, family rooms and high speed internet. Rates start at $342.
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
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