Photograph the Gateway Arch

Added by John Clairmont

At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is both the world's tallest arch and the world's tallest man-made monument.

St. Louis is well known for this monument, which was built as a monument to those who had explored the frontiers and enabled the western expansion of the United States. It towers over the city skyline, demanding to be noticed and claiming its dominance. The Arch is located in Gateway Arch National Park, a riverfront plot of land with small ponds, trails, some parking areas (though you may need to park up to a mile away and walk to the park). You can get some good pictures by riverboat starting just next to the park, and for those seeking a more thrilling angle, you can take a helicopter tour instead. For a nice view of the city without the Arch, you can pay to ride a tram inside the Arch and take a picture out one of the windows at the very top.

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about 1 month ago

Amazing Urban Park!!!

This is an amazing urban park that is beautiful in the spring. Be sure to make reservations to go up the arch.

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2 months ago

Fun but a little scary...

I have to say the ride up to the top of the arch made my palms sweat - it was a very small pod, and if you have any issues with small spaces I encourage you to perhaps just stay at the bottom :) The museum at the base is very good, but my favorite part was just relaxing in the grass outside, under the arch. Lots of food nearby too!

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