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March 17, 2003
Definitely eat before you go because there aren't many food places around and even though the cute french grocery has yummy eats, it won't tide you over for long!
If you're a major history buff you may want to watch the movie about how the arch was constructed and all the facts about the arch (good for trivia pursuit I suppose). Other than that you really only need to purchase tickets for the "Journey to the Top".
The ride is about four minutes up and if there's not five people in your party you'll get stuck with strangers in a cart about 4ft by 4ft in size. When you get to the top you'll need to be patient because everyone swamps the windows to see. However, you can stay up there however long you'd like, but once you look out both sides of windows you'll be ready to leave because the air is a little thin and it's a bit stuffy.
All in all you have to see the Arch. I'd suggest at least driving by it in the evening also because it's all shimmery and beautiful!
From journal Spontaneous St. Louis
by tina Haflett
March 13, 2003
Take the tram to the top, which leaves every ten minutes. This is where you'll get a stunning glimpse of the St. Louis region from a dizzying height of 630 feet. See a movie, watching a film inside the Odyssey Theatre is a thundering, larger-than-life experience. The giant-screen format will have you on the edge of your seat as the towering four-story screen comes alive with breathtaking action. Combine that with the explosive THX® sound system, and you've got an incredibly powerful film experience you'll never forget. Current movies are Monument to the Dream or Lewis & Clark--a Great Journey West.
Try a riverboat sightseeing cruise. A spectacular Mississippi River sightseeing cruises, also; it will be narrated by the riverboat captains. These scenic cruises recapture the vibrant life upon the river at the peak of the steamboat era. Historic ports of call along the Mississippi's banks, lively river characters from Mark Twain to Louis Armstrong, and famous river tales are all brought to life in the course of a delightful, hour-long journey up the river and back through time.
Tram only prices range from $3-$8 per person.
Movie prices are $ 2.50 per person.
Riverboat price are $4-$10 per person.
Tram and a movie are $5.50 - $12 per person.
Tram and Riverboat are $7-$18 per person.
The Museum of Westward Expansion is at the bottom of the Arch. The days of the old West come alive. From rare Indian Peace Medals and weapons of survival to an actual teepee and Sioux war bonnet, the Museum of Westward Expansion has preserved the days of the past so they'll live in your mind forever. Entrance to the Museum is FREE. Plan a full day at the Gateway Arch.
From journal St Louis with Kids
by Tim G
December 30, 2002
Once up top, you'll get great views of the city, the midwestern plains beyond, and the river. Once, when I was young, I went up with my school class and about 10 to 15 of us ran from side to side in unision until the whole thing started to sway and we got in trouble. A windy day will have the same effect, which can be a little unnerving. It is, however, completely safe up top, even if doesn't always feel like it.
Below the Arch is the very good Museum of Westward Expansion that highlights the Lewis and Clark expedition. Here you'll learn about life on the frontier, Native Americans, buffalo, etc, for free, which is a good way to pass the time while waiting to go up. For a bit of money, you can watch movies about the Lewis & Clark expedition and the construction of the Arch itself ($6 for one/$10 for both). They're good enough, but not necessarily worth making a point to see.
There's also an IMAX theatre in the building as well.
First and last Arch rides are at 8:30am & 9:20pm during the summer, 9:30am & 5:20pm the rest of the year. Cost is $7.
From journal Tim In St. Louis
August 1, 2002
What a wonderous site. The Gateway Arch is the tallest man made monument and you don't realize just how tall it is until you're standing under it.
There are doors at the base of the arch where you enter and go underground to the common area where you can purchase tickets, visit the gift store (everyone needs their own miniature arch), or enter the museum where there is information on how the west was developed or go in the theater to view a film on how the arch was constructed and the difficulties in doing so.
They do allow you to take a ride to the top of the arch where there is an observation area. Luckily there's an elevator to the top, but definitely a strange one. When the doors open, you see a small car with 5 seats and a low ceiling. If you do not like confined spaces, you will not be able to ride in this elevator. When you get in and sit down and the doors close, you begin your ride to the top. In an effort to keep the car upright, the cars will rise up, then over, then up, then over, until a few minutes later the doors open and you move straight ahead into a small area at the very top of the arch. There are very small rectangular windows on both sides, but you cannot stand directly in front of the windows. In order to see out and down to the ground, you have to lay on your stomach across these carpeted areas. You don't need to stay long, everyone looks like ants below and it gets pretty crowded up there, but at least you can say you've been to the top of the arch! When you're finished, you get back in line and wait for the next elevator to reach the top and take you back underground. By the time you wait in line, ride the elevator, look out the windows, ride the elevator back gown, you can expect to expend at least an hour of your time, maybe more if the lines are long.
The arch is amazing. Put it on the top of your to do list.
From journal Much to do in St. Louis
by Coach Bear
July 10, 2002
We entered the base of the Arch through a heavy security checkpoint. After entering, though, we were able to view two movies, take the tram to the top, look through the large museum, and shop in a nice gift shop. Many comment that there is little of interest in the Arch, but those who recognize the symbolic and historical connotations can see that this is a major part of the fabric of mid-American culture.
The monument is 630 feet high, making it the highest standing man-made monument in the world. Everyone should take the tram to the top at least once. At $8.00 for an adult, it is relatively inexpensive. The views of the city, the river, and the surrounding areas are marvelous. I have a picture of my wife (as seen in the photos) standing at the top (inside) of the Arch. She was thrilled to be there.
We enjoyed the views, the movies, the museum, and everything we saw while at the Arch. I am eager to return to see what is new this autumn.
From journal A Return Home to St. Louis
by Traveling Attorney
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
December 20, 2001
If you do choose to stay behind, the Missouri history museum in the base of the Arch offers films about the construction of the monument and also time lines about it's construction and about other major events in the history of Missouri and the expansion into the west. You can easily spend half a day during peak travel seasons but later in the year, the wait is usually minimal. Keep in mind that July 4 weekend is NOT a good time to visit. There is a large fair/carnival that takes place on the riverfront and sprawls over the Arch grounds that can result in literally, a million people being in the downtown area which makes parking and a visit to the Arch nearly impossible.
From journal A Short Visit to St. Louis
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
June 23, 2001
From journal Passing Thru to see the Arch and 6 Flags
Overland Park, Kansas
October 13, 2000
When I visited the arch several years ago, the ride up wasn't as pleasant as I thought it would be. The 630 feet ascent to the top is mildly worth it. First you are packed four people to a tiny car. The car creaks and groans as you sway up to the top. When you get to the top, it's hot, it's crowded and the windows are about 12 x 12 in. You can see far, but you can't see much.
The Gateway Arch was built in 1966 to commemorate St. Louis since it was the primary place where pioneers stopped for provisions on their way to the west. Underneath the arch is a great museum called 'The Museum of Westward Expansion'.
I wouldn't recommend this site except for the fact of its historical and popular significance in American culture. It's like the Space Needle in Seattle. You've just gotta go.
From journal All American Fun
July 26, 2000
From journal St Louis - Fun on a Budget