St. Louis Journals

St Louis - Fun on a Budget

An October 1999 trip to St. Louis by Ailuri

Quote: St Louis is a curious blend of Midwestern and Southern cultures. With many free and inexpensive attractions, you can afford to stay a while and explore this fascinating city.

St Louis - Fun on a Budget

Overview

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Walk or drive around St. Louis for a while and find your own hidden treasures. This city seems to be full of them.

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Driving is probably the best way to get around St Louis. Parking and traffic were never a problem when we were there.

Red Roof Inn St. Louis Westport

Hotel | "Red Roof Inn Westport"

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Red Roof Inn has clean, comfortable rooms. It's nothing fancy, but we didn't spend much time at the hotel other than sleeping. It was very inexpensive, and we had no complaints. The only restaurant within walking distance is a Hooters across the street, so if you want something else, have a car available.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2000

Red Roof Inn St. Louis Westport
11837 Lackland Rd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63146
(314) 991-4900

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This was once the largest passenger rail station in the world. Now it’s a mall and hotel. Whether you’re interested in history or are just here to shop, the station is the place to be. I really enjoyed following the self-guided tour of the station (pick up a brochure at the information desk or just go find the numbered stations on your own.) At each numbered spot on the tour is an exhibit detailing some aspect of the old railroad station, such as the passenger waiting area or architectural features. Pictures give you an idea of what was once here, and railroad memorabilia makes you wish you could buy a ticket on one of the grand trains heading to the new, adventurous West.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2000

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

Laclede's Landing

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This is a pretty little district we discovered on our trip to St Louis. It’s close to the Arch and is worth the slight walk to go visit it. There used to be warehouses here along the river, but now it’s mostly restaurants and bars. We enjoyed a romantic stroll through the area, looking at the architecture and the people.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2000

Laclede's Landing
801 North Second St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 241-5875

Gateway Arch

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Attraction | "The Gateway Arch Jefferson National Expansion Memo"

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It’s the nation's tallest manmade monument, and riding the tram to the top is one of those things you just have to do once in your life, just to say you did. The ride itself is horrible. You’re crammed into a tiny sweltering box with 5 other people and the little windows give you a view of…metal. The view from the top isn’t that impressive either, since you need to squish yourself to see out of the weirdly angled windows. And yes, in case you were wondering, the arch IS swaying in the wind.
The museum of Westward Expansion, found hidden under the arch, is pretty cool. It’s also free, so that’s a bonus.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2000

Gateway Arch
St. Louis Riverfront 707 North First St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(877) 982 1410

St. Louis Zoo

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You’ve got to love a free zoo, especially a world-class zoo like this one! When I first heard that this was a free zoo, I pictured a small zoo with small cages and just a few animals. I was wrong. The St Louis Zoo is really impressive. There are over 6000 animals here, some I had never heard of or seen before - and I’m a Biologist! The exhibits are well designed and the animals have a lot of room to move around. For visitors, this translates to lots of animal action! I felt compelled to buy something from the gift shop before we left to help support this zoo. If you like zoos, this is one worth visiting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2000

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive (forest Park)
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 781-0900