You’ve always wanted to slip into the slow, relaxing life of the Midwest, wandering at the pace of dripping molasses along the banks of America’s mightiest river while the sunset transforms the sky into a palate of orange and purple and the Gateway Arch provides a perfect frame for photos. Why the Arch? Because your next getaway should be to Missouri’s largest city where the hotels in St. Louis provide you with a perfect place count sheep after a long day.
Things to Do in St. Louis
When you visit the “Gateway to the West,” you’ll quickly realize what the local populace’s priority is. Just about anything and everything take a back seat to the local Major League Baseball team, the Cardinals. Meander on over to Busch Stadium for an afternoon of America’s favorite pastime. Of all the things to do in St. Louis, enjoying a cold, locally brewed Budweiser in the stands on a warm, sunny day is at the top.
There’s nothing like viewing “River City” from above so when you’re ready to tower over the city in the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, ride one of the trams to the top of the Gateway Arch. It was built to celebrate the westward expansion of the United States and is the main attraction of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Check out the hotel rooms in St. Louis near the area so you can easily access this tremendous piece of architecture. From the observation windows, the expanse of the American continent becomes a reality.
Do you feel like taking a stroll through a play house museum made out of repurposed industrial objects? Your inner environmentalist will fall head over heels for the City Museum in the Washington Avenue Historic District. Wander through the first floor tunnels until you come across the giant hollowed out tree that leads to a beautifully restored cabin. And that’s just the first floor. There’s a replica of an 1890s shoelace factory on the second floor where you can order a custom pair of shoelaces and with the money you saved on our cheap hotels in St. Louis that shouldn’t be a problem. Finally, find yourself on the roof and gaze out over the neighborhoods that make up this lovely city while letting your mind wander.
Eating and Drinking
Finding yourself in the middle of this Midwestern metropolis means you’ll be in the center of one of the region’s finest cuisine centers. The Soulard neighborhood south of the Arch is a great place to load on the freshest fruits and vegetables at any number of farmers markets. But there isn’t just farm-fresh produce here, this historic French neighborhood is littered with restaurants you’d typically find on a Parisian avenue. Escargot and crepes are aplenty in this neck of the woods as are some of the best St. Louis hotels.
You may not know it, but St. Louis has developed its very own style of pizza. Sure, New York and Chicago are the biggies, but when you take bite of a pie loaded with provel cheese, you may question whether you’re having dinner or transcendent experience. It’s a combination of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone, but tastes nothing like them. The low melting point of provel gives it a gooey and buttery texture that pairs perfectly with thin crust and pepperoni. Nearly all of the places to stay in St. Louis will be in proximity to a pizza shop, so when the question of your appetite arises, you’ll have an easy answer.
If you came here looking for a spin on classic Italian dishes, discover the taste of the old country in The Hill neighborhood on the high ground of Forest Park. Stop into Ragazzi’s, one of the oldest restaurants in the neighborhood where Yogi Berra once worked before he won over a dozen World Series titles.
Parks and Rec
Don’t think this city is only full of ballparks and towering buildings. Scattered about town are plenty of beautiful green spaces perfect for unwinding in. Make your way to the Gateway Mall and check out the sculpture garden and urban park knowns as Citygarden. There are 24 sculptures from such renowned artists like Fernand Leger, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Igor Mitoraj. Pinocchio and a giant bronze head lying on its side are some of the splendid works you’ll be able to view. And that’s not all, wait until you get a look at the six rain gardens and the 102-fountain spray plaza you can walk through if the warm afternoon sun gets a bit toasty.
The glamour of New York City’s Central Park is well deserved, but Forest Park is nothing to bat an eyelash at. Especially because it’s twice the size of its eastern relative. Pack up a delicious lunch and enjoy it on the lawn in front of the World’s Fair Pavilion. Then go for a stroll through the Jewel Box, a stunning greenhouse and public horticulture facility. And one can’t spend a day in the park without seeing the animals at the St. Louis Zoo. A splendid park this is indeed.
Day Trips from St. Louis
We know how much fun St. Louis can be, but beyond the city limits, a 216-mile trek north across the state line will bring you to Springfield, Illinois. The city’s most famous past resident happened to be our 16th President of the United States so pay a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get inspired when you read over the original handwritten Gettysburg Address and pay your respects at a complete reproduction of when the President was lying in state. If you still haven’t had enough of Ol’ Abe, see where the man once lived at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
Have you ever imagined wandering the underworld? Of exploring one of the most eye-catching cave systems in North America? A place where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn discovered the hidden gold? If so, head 64 miles southwest to the Meramec Caverns. Once a hideout for notorious outlaw Jesse James, this cave system is now one of the most visited attractions in the state. You’ll take a guided tour through the tunnels passing through rooms with names like Hollywood, Wine Room, the Mirror Room, and the Ballroom. If you time your visit right, you may catch a live concert in the latter.
Midwestern hospitality, fine comfort food, America’s favorite pastime, and much more all await you when you take a getaway to the eastern border of Missouri. Use Travelocity to find out where to stay in St. Louis such as one of the many cheap hotels in east St. Louis and book your trip now. It doesn’t matter whether you come for the Cardinals or the pizza or something in between. Consider bundling your flight and hotels together with a St. Louis vacation package and start your getaway to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi.