St. LouisUnited States of America

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Visit St. Louis

This lively, cultured Midwestern city may be famous for the blues, but it certainly knows how to show visitors a good time.

St. Louis earned its nickname, Gateway to the West, when it was sold by France to the US as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became the key point of departure for pioneers heading westwards. Today, St. Louis remains an attractive combination of tradition and modernity, with historical monuments and neighbourhoods rubbing shoulders with chic and modern apartments, offices and sports venues.

Originally a Native American settlement, and later a key trading port, St. Louis' heyday was in 1904 when it hosted the World's Fair and the Olympic Games. Its fortunes took a turn for the worse in the middle of the 20th century, followed by a period of investment and regeneration.

For a better understanding of this city's long history, head to one of its well-regarded museums, such as the Missouri History Museum or the Museum of Transportation, which explores the city's manufacturing heritage. The Museum of Westward Expansion and Old Courthouse in Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park also provide a great insight into St. Louis' fascinating past.

Also located in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, the 192-metre Gateway Arch is a great place for visitors to get a birds-eye view of the city. If you're keen on the outdoors, head to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, or enjoy some al fresco culture at the 40-hectare Laumeier Sculpture Park, where works of art are displayed in an idyllic woodland setting. Back in the city, the celebrated Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is a ground-breaking art gallery and cultural centre, located in the bustling Grand Center entertainment district.

Families should make sure to visit the wildly popular Magic House-St. Louis Children's Museum, and the weird and wonderful City Museum. At lunchtime, follow the locals to the city's Italian neighbourhood, The Hill, and order a slice of butter cake or a plate of deep-fried toasted ravioli.

St. Louis has long been known for its vibrant nightlife and club scene, and has produced not one, but two musical legends. St. Louis native Miles Davis passed away twenty years ago, but the inimitable Chuck Berry is still performing in the city. As night falls, head to Laclede's Landing or the Delmar Loop. There's a variety of bars to choose from serving a wide selection of drinks, although by rights you should be drinking Budweiser - its oldest brewery is located just outside town.

Where to stay in St. Louis

Old Courthouse featuring street scenes, a statue or sculpture and signage

Downtown St. Louis

4/5Very Good!(17 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants beloved sports teams and top sights from Enterprise Center to City Museum – discover Downtown St. Louis, a destination also famous for its historic sites.

Downtown St. Louis
Central West End

Central West End

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Enjoy this relaxed area, the ultimate destination for a lazy afternoon. Browse unique stores, admire artworks and sip coffee at sidewalk tables shaded by trees.

Central West End
Lafayette Square featuring a house and a park

Lafayette Square

Famous for its historic ice cream-colored houses and independent businesses, this characterful neighborhood is the perfect place to shop, dine and relax. 

Lafayette Square
Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Soulard

You'll enjoy the bars and churches in Soulard. You might want to make time for a stop at Anheuser-Busch Brewery or Soulard Farmer's Market.

Soulard
Airport Township, Missouri, United States of America

Airport Township

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

While you're in Airport Township, take in top sights like Westport Plaza or James S. McDonnell Prologue Room, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Lambert Main Terminal Station or Lambert East Terminal Station.

Airport Township
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Grand Center

Unique features of Grand Center include the theatres and art galleries. Make a stop by Fox Theater or Powell Hall while you're exploring the area.

Grand Center

Top hotels in St. Louis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
Rs7,038
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch. Dome at America’s Center and Busch Stadium are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,723 reviews)

"A spa would have been nice. I definitely would have had a foot massage after all the walking we did. Otherwise, everyone was very friendly, the hotel was clean and well serviced."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
The Parkway Hotel
The Parkway Hotel
3 out of 5
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO
Rs7,190
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Central West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital and World Chess Hall of Fame. Cathedral Basilica of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,967 reviews)

"Very clean and comfortable. Lots of charging outlets in room."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

The Parkway Hotel
Hollywood Casino & Hotel St. Louis
Hollywood Casino & Hotel St. Louis
3.5 out of 5
777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights, MO
Rs5,771
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Historic Main Street and Lindenwood University. ...

3.9/5Good! (3,030 reviews)

"I, like the fact that. U can gamble. Eat different food. Nice"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020

Hollywood Casino & Hotel St. Louis

Popular things to do in St. Louis

Gateway Arch
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Gateway Arch

5/5(16 reviews)

Visit the Museum of Westward Expansion, then ascend to the top of the tallest man-made monument in the US for breathtaking views of St. Louis.

St. Louis Union Station
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St. Louis Union Station

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Find out about the history of St. Louis Union Station, one of the top monuments in St. Louis. Experience the area's acclaimed art galleries and great live music.

Forest Park
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Forest Park

5/5(3 reviews)

Nature, history and cultural institutions come together in one of the United States’ largest urban parks, which buzzes with St. Louis’ dynamic community spirit. 

City Museum
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City Museum

5/5(1 review)

A rooftop Ferris wheel, an indoor tree house and a life-size, walk-through model of a whale; just some of the exhibits in this one-of-a-kind children's museum.

Busch Stadium
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Busch Stadium

2/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Busch Stadium during your trip to St. Louis.Experience the area's great live music and fascinating museums.

St. Louis Zoo
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St. Louis Zoo

In the middle of St. Louis, meet the exotic and endangered animals that live in meticulously recreated ecosystems from all over the world.

Reviews of St. Louis

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Sep 25, 2019

Fabulous place to explore. Great museums, many are free. Downtown well worth the trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 12, 2019

The arch is a must do, ride the tram to the top, it’s incredible!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

Lovely and clean! Would recommend!

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What is St. Louis Known For?

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