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Westward Bound by the Gateway Arch

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An August 2007 trip to St. Louis by flowergurl

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Westward Bound by the Gateway Arch

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Overview

The Gateway Arch Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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St. Louis is a wonderful, "happening" city with an abundance of fun things to do and see. We had originally chosen St. Louis as our stopover city for our summer trip from Michigan to the Branson area. We were in for a wonderful surprise. We spent the late afternoon, evening and morning in St. Louis both on the way to Branson and on the way home. We fell in love with this city and wished we had planned more time to spend there. We now plan to definitely return. Don't hesitate to plan a trip to the area. You will find there is plenty to do and see. Quick Tips: We made last minute hotel reservations on a Thursday for a Friday night stay in August, 2007. We were able to reserve the Crowne Plaza h...Read More

Radisson St. Louis Downtown

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Hotel | "Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Downtown"

Radisson St. Louis Downtown Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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The Crowne Plaza Hotel is a downtown luxury hotel with all the bells and whistles. It overlooks the Gateway Arch and the riverfront. It is close to Busch Stadium, casinos and LaClede's Landing, an entertainment district in downtown St. Louis. Rates for the weekdays can run from about $150/night up to close to $250 per night. The rates drop on the weekends, especially if you wait until mid-week to book a weekend night. This is exactly what I did. I booked us in for a Saturday night stay on the Thursday before. This was for an August Saturday night stay and our room charge was only $93/night. We were thrilled to say the least. We arrived and checked in with no problems. There was a football pres...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2007

Radisson St. Louis Downtown
200 N. Fourth St.
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 621-8200

Pear Tree Inn Union Station

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Hotel | "Hampton Inn St. Louis - Downtown"

Pear Tree Inn Union Station Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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Hampton Inn Union Station is conveniently located on Market Street about one block down from Union Station. This location provides easy walking distance to the subway station at Union Station. You can literally pull in, park in the secured garage at Hampton Inn, walk to Union Station, buy a subway ticket, and you're off to see St. Louis. The hotel has an open, friendly lobby area adjoining a large breakfast area. Continental breakfast is provided free of charge. Check-in for us was smooth and seamless and the front desk personnel were helpful in orienting us to where we needed to go. They were also helpful in assisting us in getting tickets to the baseball game, although upon further thought, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2007

Pear Tree Inn Union Station
2211 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 241-3200

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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The St. Louis Hard Rock Cafe is inside the Union Station. It is one of the restaurants bordering the lake in the back of Union Station. You can arrive by car or by the MetroLink subway. If you take the MetroLink get off at the Union Station station and simply walk across the street to the cafe. Approaching the Cafe, you can see its domed roof. Upon entering, you will see what is common in all Hard Rock Cafes, a wide assortment of rock and roll memorabilia. This Hard Rock is a smaller building than many of the other Hard Rocks I have visited. There is a small upper level and the main level. Seating is available both in booths and in tables. We were seated at a table in the upper level right by ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2007

Hard Rock Cafe
450 St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 621-7625

Hannegan's Restaurant and Pub

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Restaurant | "Hannegan's (Laclede's Landing)"

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Hannegan's is one of the many restaurants located in the historic Laclede's Landing area of downtown St. Louis. The restaurant is modeled after the U.S. Senate Dining Room. What fun! Each booth has a plaque inscribed with the name of a senator who voted to repeal Prohibition. You can walk to Hannegan's if you're staying in one of the nearby downtown hotels, such as the Crowne Plaza. You can also arrive by MetroLink by getting off at the Laclede's Landing station. If you drive by car, you will most likely need to park in one of the nearby downtown garages. Laclede's Landing is the site of the original city of St. Louis. The area at one time was the site of many warehouses. In fact, Hann...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2007

Hannegan's Restaurant and Pub
719 North Second Street, Laclede's Landing
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 241-8877

St. Louis Union Station

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Attraction

St. Louis Union Station Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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St. Louis Union Station is a National Historic Landmark. The restored train station has been transformed into a marketplace containing approximately 85 shops and restaurants covering two levels. You can't miss finding the station. The front appears to almost look like a castle, which is how the locals describe it to visitors trying to find it. It sits on Market Street, about twenty blocks down from the riverfront and the Arch. A Hyatt Regency hotel is on site along with such popular restaurants as the Hard Rock Cafe, Landry's, and Houlihans. We found it a little confusing deciding where to enter Union Station. We were looking at a grill named TKO trying to decide if this was the entrance to th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2007

St. Louis Union Station
1820 Market St
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 421-6655

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

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Attraction

The Gateway Arch Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is comprised of The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse. The Arch is certainly the most popular and most widely known of the two. We took the St. Louis subway, known as the MetroLink, to the LaClede's Landing station. This is the closet subway station to the Arch. Upon exiting the station, I would estimate it was approximately a half-mile walk in to get to the entrance to the Arch. The walkways are wide blacktop paths leading through cool tall trees. The park is beautifully landscaped and maintained and the walkways are wide enough to accompany both families with strollers and couples strolling at a quicker pace.Approaching the Arch, especially...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2007

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N 4th St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 655-1700