Famous for blues music, barbeque, and an architectural marvel, this city is the very essence of Mississippian River culture, both past and present.
Despite not actually being anywhere what people today consider to be the Western United States, this city was once the Gateway to the West. That was back when the Mississippi River formed the boundary between “civilization” in the east, and the mystery, adventure, and danger that lurked in the largely unexplored west. For a city with so much to offer, however, the very nature of its gateway status means that historically, people were constantly leaving it behind.
If you’re wondering what to do in St. Louis that’s off the beaten path (at least in the grand scheme of things), all you have to do is stick around for a while. Linger at the famous arch instead of merely snapping a few selfies and turning your back on this perfect conceptual embodiment of a gateway. Make the climb to the top, enjoy the view, and stroll around Jefferson Expansion National Memorial Park below.
Speaking of spending plenty of time in St. Louis, many Mississippian Native American peoples did exactly that. The proof is in the artfully and painstakingly created mounds that give today’s scholars a glimpse into the sophisticated society that once formed the largest city in North American history: Cahokia. These ancient people literally changed the landscape of the Mississippi River bed, and the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is where you can explore them for yourself.
Looking for more things to do in St. Louis? Roll up your sleeves and grab a handful of wet napkins, because this city is known for its barbeque. Usually smothered in a sweet and spicy tomato-based sauce (as opposed to the vinegar-based sauces of other regional styles), dive face-first into ribs, pork steaks, and brisket—all while enjoying some down and dirty blues.
Speaking of diving right in, our St. Louis vacation packages allow you to do just that. Book yours today before Old Man River washes them away.
Accommodation in St. Louis
St. Louis is a fantastic place, with no less than 246 accommodation options to select from. Secure your preferred accommodation today via Travelocity's St. Louis lodging guide.
If you have a taste for life's little luxuries, book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel St Louis or The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. On the other hand, the Grand Center Inn or the Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa will provide you with good old fashioned comfort at reasonable prices.
Time is fleeting, so perhaps you'd like to get a hotel near the renowned the Gateway Arch? The Westin St. Louis and the Embassy Suites St. Louis - Downtown are two of the best options in the vicinity.