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January 2, 2008
From journal Two friends, Four Days and a Lifetime of Memories
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
Los Angeles, California
August 4, 2006
From journal A Day in Saint Louis
August 14, 2005
The Arch is located on the well-developed Gateway Arch Riverfront and is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Millions of people visit this steel structure each year, gazing at its 630 ft. stature. But, after you’ve taken a few pictures, what else is there to do? Plenty!
Underneath the arch is an air-conditioned plaza that houses the Museum of Westward Expansion, including a Lewis & Clark exhibit that features talking mannequins. There are a couple of shops in which you can buy St. Louis and Arch souvenirs. There is also a vending area where you can get drinks.
There is still a tram that runs to the top and you can buy your tickets here, as well. I am claustrophobic, so there was no way I was taking that tiny elevator up to the top, but the lines were long of more adventurous tourists who couldn’t wait to reach new heights. Tip: You can order your tickets online at GatewayArch.com and bypass the ticket line when you get to the Arch.
When you’re done visiting the Arch itself, head on down to the riverfront and hop aboard a riverboat cruise (gatewayarchriverboats.com). Or, grab some fast food at the Arch View Café.
There are plenty of trees in the park, so it's easy to find a shady spot during the humid summer months. Also, if you walk to the right (as you're looking at the arch) you'll see a tree-lined path with benches...a perfect spot for relaxing before your next activity.
If you’re driving to the Arch, the Arch parking garage on Washington Street charges $6 for the first 9 hours and .75 each additional hour. Or, you can take the MetroLink. Get off the train at Laclede’s landing and walk a short distance to the Arch. For specific instructions on driving to the Arch, check out www.gatewayarch.com.
Weekends are busy, so expect crowds.
From journal A Day in St. Louis
July 26, 2000
From journal St Louis - Fun on a Budget
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
November 4, 2003
Take a tram ride to the top (adults $8; children $3 or $5). The tram is a small pod which seats four people and slowly shifts its position as it rises to the observation deck. Once on the observation deck, the view of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River is breathtaking. Where else can you look down into Busch Stadium and watch a baseball game! The trip to the observation deck and back takes about an hour.
In the base of the arch is a visitor center and two movie theaters. They show movies about the arch's construction, Great American West and Lewis and Clark. The movie admission is $6 for adults and $2.50/$3 for children.
Once you are done admiring the inside of the arch, keep right on exjoying the memorial. The arch is part of a national park located on 91 acres along the Mississippi River. Explore some of the sites along the river or stroll the park with your camera and enjoy the many different perspectives of the arch. Take lots of film because the grounds are beautiful and presents numerous photo opportunities of the arch.
From journal Desoto Getaway
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 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