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St Louis Travel Guide

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City Introduction

St. Louis is located on the west bank of the Mississippi and is known as the starting point for the great expansion of the United States to the west. The city’s start, however, was French, being founded by French fur traders in 1764 and named after King Louis IX of France.

St. Louis became American in 1803, when the United States bought the French Louisiane, which was a colossal tract of land from the Gulf of Mexico to present-day Canada. St. In the same century, St. Louis became an important river port on the Mississippi River, and the city was at one time the fourth largest in the United States.

Today you can see many sights in the city, located in the state of Missouri and on the border with Illinois. The steel structure Gateway Arch is St. Louis ’landmark and most famous building. From here you can walk along the Gateway Mall, which provides easy access to the city’s museums, famous high-rise buildings and other interesting places.

There is also a lot to see in the area around St. Louis. A boat trip on the Mississippi is always good, and you can easily visit Mark Twain’s homelands, cities from the French colonial era and in general take a closer look at the area west of the Mississippi and thereby experience the former French Louisiane.

Top Attractions

Gateway Arch, St Louis

  • Gateway Arch: St. Louis is the city where U.S. expansion to the west really took off from the 19th century. In memory of that history and development, Gateway Arch was built as the world’s tallest arch in the years 1963-1965. You can reach the top of the 192 meter/630 foot high arch, which Eero Saarinen designed in stainless steel.
  • Old Courthouse: This beautiful edifice was built from 1816 until the completion of the last extension in 1864 as a courthouse. That function lasted until 1930, and since 1940 the building has been part of the Gateway Arch National Park, commemorating the purchase of Louisiana from France, the first civilian government west of the Mississippi, and a 1857 slavery trial.

Old Cathedral, St Louis

  • Old Cathedral: This former cathedral, whose name is the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, was built 1831-1834 as the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River. There was already a church here from 1770, but it became too small in the growing city. The interior of the church is worth seeing with its elegant decoration.
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis: This is St. Louis ’Catholic Cathedral. The large church was consecrated in 1926 and offers the city’s probably most beautiful church interior for visitors. The church impresses not least with the stunningly beautiful mosaics that adorn large parts of the nave.

Union Station, St Louis

  • Union Station: This large railroad station was built 1892-1894 as St. Louis Central Station, and around 1900 it was one of the busiest stations in the United States. At one point, 22 railroad companies used the junction. Today, the place has been newly developed as a hotel, shopping center, etc., and Amtrak’s intercity trains run from a new station south of Union Station.
  • Missouri History Museum: At this large and exciting museum you can experience the history of the state of Missouri. There are many interesting themes and exhibits in the 1913 Jefferson Memorial Building, where the museum is located.

St Louis Art Museum

  • St. Louis Art Museum: This art museum is one of the leading in the United States, and here you can experience a fine collection from almost the whole world and from different periods. Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and Picasso are just a few of many represented artists.

Other Attractions

St Louis City Hall

  • City Hall: St. Louis’ large city hall building has been the seat of the city government since 1898. There were former town halls, and initially the city government had held meetings in private homes. The town hall is architecturally inspired by French buildings, and there are beautiful halls in the large building.
  • Citygarden: This is a sculpture park located as part of the Gateway Mall in central St. Louis. The park is located between Eighth, Tenth, Market and Chestnut Street, and it was laid out in 2009. Today you can see a number of sculptures by various famous artists.
  • Gateway Mall: Gateway Mall is a green belt all the way from Mississippi to Union Station with a width of one block. The plan for the long recreational area emerged in 1907 as part of an urban beautification project. Several of St. Louis’ most famous buildings are located along the Gateway Mall.

City Museum, St Louis

  • City Museum: City Museum is a different museum. It is located in a very exciting way in the former International Shoe Company building. The museum opened in 1997, and the collections and exhibitions are quite varied with themes around St. Louis.
  • Southwestern Bell Building: This is a high-rise building of 121 meters/397 feet in height, which was built in 1926. The style is neo-Gothic, and the high-rise stands as one of St. Louis’ famous buildings from this time. Architects Mauran, Russell & Crowell designed the house for the telephone company Southwestern Bell.
  • Civil Courts Building: This building, also called St. Louis’ Pyramid, is one of the famous constructions on the Gateway Mall. It was built as a courthouse 1928-1930 with a top inspired by the ancient mausoleum of Halikarnassos.

Eads Bridge, St Louis

  • Eads Bridge: Eads Bridge is a bridge that connects St. Louis with East St. Louis and the state of Illinois. The bridge was completed in 1874 and is the oldest surviving bridge over the Mississippi. The bridge is 1,964 meters/6,442 feet long and is named after its architect, James Buchanan Eads.
  • Stifel Theater: This building opened in 1934 as the Kiel Opera House in an ensemble with the now demolished Kiel Auditorium. It is one of St. Louis ’large venues for various events such as concerts and performances.
  • Railway Exchange Building: This 85 meter/277 foot tall building was erected 1913-1914 as one of St. Louis ’distinctive constructions of its time. The high-rise was the tallest in the city at the opening, and the architecture was typically from the Chicago school. For many years, the Famous-Barr department store was located at the address.
  • Bell Telephone Building: This high-rise building was built in 1889 as a telephone exchange and local office for the Bell Telephone Company. Originally, the telephone exchange could be located on a single floor, but in 1919 an extra floor was built on the old high-rise building.

Shrine of St Joseph, St Louis

  • Shrine of St. Joseph: Catholic Jesuits founded a parish in St. Louis in 1943, and this church was completed in its first edition the following year. The church has since been expanded. The church is beautifully built and designed, and it is known for its location on the site of a miracle on March 16, 1864.
  • Continental Life Building: This is an art deco skyscraper that opened in 1930. The 87 meter/286 foot tall building was designed by the local architect, William B. Ittner, and is typical of contemporary style.
  • Fox Theater: Fox Theater opened in 1929 as one of St. Louis ’leading movie theaters. It was called The Fabulous Fox and was a flagship of the Fox Film Corporation along with four other 1920s Fox theaters; these were built in Atlanta, Detroit, New York and San Francisco.
  • Grand Avenue Water Tower: There are several water towers in St. Louis, and they stand today as some of the city’s more curious constructions. This water tower from 1871 is 47 meters/154 feet high and it was built as the world’s tallest Corinthian pillar. The other towers are Bissell Street Water Tower and Compton Hill Water Tower.

Wainwright Building, St Louis

  • Wainwright Building: With a height of 41 meters/135 feet spread over 10 floors, the Wainwright Building was a skyscraper when it was built 1890-1891. The building is known to be a very early prototype of later and much taller office buildings in the United States.
  • Soldiers Memorial Military Museum: This is a memorial and military museum where you can see memorabilia and history from World War I and other wars in which the United States has participated. The museum building was constructed in 1936, and here you can see the four sculpture groups; Courage, Loyalty, Sacrifice and Vision.
  • Powell Hall: Powell Hall is home to St. Louis ’Symphony Orchestra and is thus one of the city’s large and well-known venues. The place opened in 1925 as The St. Louis Theater, and visitors could enjoy vaudeville and movies on the program for the first few decades. The Symphony Orchestra has been playing here since 1968.
  • U.S. Custom House and Post Office: This is one of the city’s great 19th century public buildings. The combined post office and customs house was built 1873-1884 in French Napoleon III style.

Day Trips

Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve

  • Ste. Genevieve: It is not far from St. Louis to experience some French colonial history and atmosphere. Ste. Genevieve was founded in 1735 as the first permanent settlement in the territory of Louisiane. In the city you can enjoy a nice setting and see French houses such as Maison Guibourd-Valle and Bolduc House.
  • Mississippi: The Mississippi River is one of the world’s most famous rivers, and in many ways it defined US expansion from east to west. You can see the river in St. Louis and on driving and sailing trips on it. Try, for example, The Great River Road north of Alton, Illinois, where the landscape and river provide impressive views, or a river cruise from the heart of St. Louis.

Hannibal, Missouri USA

  • Hannibal: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born in the town of Florida and grew up in Hannibal. Here he found the inspiration for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Today, you can follow in Twain’s footsteps by seeing his home and the Mark Twain Museum. You can also head to nearby Florida and visit Mark Twain’s birthplace, which is a state historic park.
  • East St. Louis: East St. Louis is a city located immediately east of St. Louis. Louis on the opposite bank of the Mississippi. It is a formerly thriving industrial city that experienced a colossal economic and population downturn in the latter half of the 20th century. The main attraction in the city is Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park, located opposite the Gateway Arch. In the park there is a water jet of 192 meters/630 feet, which is the same height as Gateway Arch.
  • St. Charles: On the Missouri River you can visit idyllic St. Charles, which is a city of distinguished colonial architecture. The city was established in 1769 and was the state’s first capital. The so-called Frenchtown area has many preserved colonial buildings, and South Main Street is a great place to start a cozy city walk.

Springfield, Illinois USA

  • Springfield: Springfield is the state capital of Illinois, and it was founded in 1821. Here you can see the current Illinois State Capitol and the old one, which was built 1837-1840. Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Library is another attraction.

Shopping

With Kids

  • Riverboat: Riverboats at Gateway Arch, Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd, gatewayarch.com
  • Zoological Garden: St. Louis Zoo, Government Drive, stlzoo.org
  • Animal Park: Big Joel’s Safari, 13187 State Highway M, Wright City, bigjoelsafari.com
  • Various activities: City Museum, 750 N 16th Street, citymuseum.org
  • Play and Kid’s Museum: The Magic House, 516 S Kirkwood Rd, magichouse.org
  • Amusement Park: Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, sixflags.com
  • Science: St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave, slsc.org

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In short

Overview of St Louis

St. Louis is located on the west bank of the Mississippi and is known as the starting point for the great expansion of the United States to the west. The city’s start, however, was French, being founded by French fur traders in 1764 and named after King Louis IX of France.

St. Louis became American in 1803, when the United States bought the French Louisiane, which was a colossal tract of land from the Gulf of Mexico to present-day Canada. St. In the same century, St. Louis became an important river port on the Mississippi River, and the city was at one time the fourth largest in the United States.

Today you can see many sights in the city, located in the state of Missouri and on the border with Illinois. The steel structure Gateway Arch is St. Louis ’landmark and most famous building. From here you can walk along the Gateway Mall, which provides easy access to the city’s museums, famous high-rise buildings and other interesting places.

There is also a lot to see in the area around St. Louis. A boat trip on the Mississippi is always good, and you can easily visit Mark Twain’s homelands, cities from the French colonial era and in general take a closer look at the area west of the Mississippi and thereby experience the former French Louisiane.

About the upcoming St Louis travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

About the travel guide

The St Louis travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the American city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

St Louis is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

Read more about St Louis and the USA

Buy the travel guide

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When you buy the travel guide to St Louis you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

Mississippi • Midwest • Cathedrals • Gateway Arch

Overview of St Louis

St. Louis is located on the west bank of the Mississippi and is known as the starting point for the great expansion of the United States to the west. The city’s start, however, was French, being founded by French fur traders in 1764 and named after King Louis IX of France.

St. Louis became American in 1803, when the United States bought the French Louisiane, which was a colossal tract of land from the Gulf of Mexico to present-day Canada. St. In the same century, St. Louis became an important river port on the Mississippi River, and the city was at one time the fourth largest in the United States.

Today you can see many sights in the city, located in the state of Missouri and on the border with Illinois. The steel structure Gateway Arch is St. Louis ’landmark and most famous building. From here you can walk along the Gateway Mall, which provides easy access to the city’s museums, famous high-rise buildings and other interesting places.

There is also a lot to see in the area around St. Louis. A boat trip on the Mississippi is always good, and you can easily visit Mark Twain’s homelands, cities from the French colonial era and in general take a closer look at the area west of the Mississippi and thereby experience the former French Louisiane.

About the upcoming St Louis travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

About the travel guide

The St Louis travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the American city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

St Louis is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

Read more about St Louis and the USA

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to St Louis you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

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Other Attractions

St Louis City Hall

  • City Hall: St. Louis’ large city hall building has been the seat of the city government since 1898. There were former town halls, and initially the city government had held meetings in private homes. The town hall is architecturally inspired by French buildings, and there are beautiful halls in the large building.
  • Citygarden: This is a sculpture park located as part of the Gateway Mall in central St. Louis. The park is located between Eighth, Tenth, Market and Chestnut Street, and it was laid out in 2009. Today you can see a number of sculptures by various famous artists.
  • Gateway Mall: Gateway Mall is a green belt all the way from Mississippi to Union Station with a width of one block. The plan for the long recreational area emerged in 1907 as part of an urban beautification project. Several of St. Louis’ most famous buildings are located along the Gateway Mall.

City Museum, St Louis

  • City Museum: City Museum is a different museum. It is located in a very exciting way in the former International Shoe Company building. The museum opened in 1997, and the collections and exhibitions are quite varied with themes around St. Louis.
  • Southwestern Bell Building: This is a high-rise building of 121 meters/397 feet in height, which was built in 1926. The style is neo-Gothic, and the high-rise stands as one of St. Louis’ famous buildings from this time. Architects Mauran, Russell & Crowell designed the house for the telephone company Southwestern Bell.
  • Civil Courts Building: This building, also called St. Louis’ Pyramid, is one of the famous constructions on the Gateway Mall. It was built as a courthouse 1928-1930 with a top inspired by the ancient mausoleum of Halikarnassos.

Eads Bridge, St Louis

  • Eads Bridge: Eads Bridge is a bridge that connects St. Louis with East St. Louis and the state of Illinois. The bridge was completed in 1874 and is the oldest surviving bridge over the Mississippi. The bridge is 1,964 meters/6,442 feet long and is named after its architect, James Buchanan Eads.
  • Stifel Theater: This building opened in 1934 as the Kiel Opera House in an ensemble with the now demolished Kiel Auditorium. It is one of St. Louis ’large venues for various events such as concerts and performances.
  • Railway Exchange Building: This 85 meter/277 foot tall building was erected 1913-1914 as one of St. Louis ’distinctive constructions of its time. The high-rise was the tallest in the city at the opening, and the architecture was typically from the Chicago school. For many years, the Famous-Barr department store was located at the address.
  • Bell Telephone Building: This high-rise building was built in 1889 as a telephone exchange and local office for the Bell Telephone Company. Originally, the telephone exchange could be located on a single floor, but in 1919 an extra floor was built on the old high-rise building.

Shrine of St Joseph, St Louis

  • Shrine of St. Joseph: Catholic Jesuits founded a parish in St. Louis in 1943, and this church was completed in its first edition the following year. The church has since been expanded. The church is beautifully built and designed, and it is known for its location on the site of a miracle on March 16, 1864.
  • Continental Life Building: This is an art deco skyscraper that opened in 1930. The 87 meter/286 foot tall building was designed by the local architect, William B. Ittner, and is typical of contemporary style.
  • Fox Theater: Fox Theater opened in 1929 as one of St. Louis ’leading movie theaters. It was called The Fabulous Fox and was a flagship of the Fox Film Corporation along with four other 1920s Fox theaters; these were built in Atlanta, Detroit, New York and San Francisco.
  • Grand Avenue Water Tower: There are several water towers in St. Louis, and they stand today as some of the city’s more curious constructions. This water tower from 1871 is 47 meters/154 feet high and it was built as the world’s tallest Corinthian pillar. The other towers are Bissell Street Water Tower and Compton Hill Water Tower.

Wainwright Building, St Louis

  • Wainwright Building: With a height of 41 meters/135 feet spread over 10 floors, the Wainwright Building was a skyscraper when it was built 1890-1891. The building is known to be a very early prototype of later and much taller office buildings in the United States.
  • Soldiers Memorial Military Museum: This is a memorial and military museum where you can see memorabilia and history from World War I and other wars in which the United States has participated. The museum building was constructed in 1936, and here you can see the four sculpture groups; Courage, Loyalty, Sacrifice and Vision.
  • Powell Hall: Powell Hall is home to St. Louis ’Symphony Orchestra and is thus one of the city’s large and well-known venues. The place opened in 1925 as The St. Louis Theater, and visitors could enjoy vaudeville and movies on the program for the first few decades. The Symphony Orchestra has been playing here since 1968.
  • U.S. Custom House and Post Office: This is one of the city’s great 19th century public buildings. The combined post office and customs house was built 1873-1884 in French Napoleon III style.

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