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July 26, 2000
From journal St Louis - Fun on a Budget
March 9, 2007
From journal Go Ahead and Delay my Flight - I Dare You!
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
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
August 31, 2010
From journal St Louis Missouri
September 19, 2006
From journal Things to do in St. Louis
Los Angeles, California
August 4, 2006
From journal A Day in Saint Louis
Morgantown, West Virginia
May 30, 2003
When we finally got in line for the tram, we had to leave our child's stroller behind. You receive a short history before boarding the tram. The tram itself is a bit cramped but was a very exciting ride. Once at the top, there is flight of stairs. The view was spectacular.
From journal Day 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
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