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St. LouisUnited States of America

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 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)

The abundant dining options and forests are just a few top-rate features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Forest Park or Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Central West End Station to get around town.

Central West End
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
Lafayette Square featuring a house and a park

Lafayette Square

The restaurants and shopping are a few reasons travellers visit Lafayette Square. Want to see more of the surrounding area? Enterprise Center and Busch Stadium are a few top sights nearby.

Lafayette Square
Airport Township, Missouri, United States of America

Airport Township

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

When in Airport Township and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like St. Louis Mills Mall 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
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts which includes modern architecture

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
The price is Rs7,426 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (3,588 reviews)

"The attached parking option and close proximity to the arch and multiple restaurants was nice."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
4 out of 5
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO
The price is Rs9,245 per night

Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gateway Arch National Park, Busch Stadium and Gateway Arch. America's Center Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,024 reviews)

"Hotel was pretty good for the most part. Only thing I would complain about is the $30 a night parking.. kinda ridiculous considering things in the area are still closed and there’s not too much going on."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is Rs7,501 per night

Located in Downtown St. Louis, this historic hotel is steps away from St. Louis Union Station Mini Golf and St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. The St. Louis ...

4.2/5Excellent! (960 reviews)

"Beautiful lobby in an old train station. Great location near restaurants and other attractions."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Popular places to visit in St. Louis

St. Louis Union Station
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St. Louis Union Station

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of St. Louis during your trip to a well-known site such as St. Louis Union Station. Experience the area's great live music or attend a baseball game.

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.

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.

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. 

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 fascinating museums or attend a baseball game.

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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25 Sep 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Sep 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Aug 2019

Lovely and clean! Would recommend!