on August 4, 2006
The arch is a must see when you are in St. Louis. I choose to take a ride to the top, which was a great deal of fun. The ticket cost $10.00 and a tram to the top leaves about every 10 minutes. The trams were unlike anything that I have ever seen, since the technology was made especially for the arch. There is a movie that you can watch while at the arch that goes in depth on the building of the arch and the tram system that goes to the top. The tram itself is a small pod that fits 5 people. Once everyone is in, the doors shut, and you are shot to the top. It takes about 5 minutes to go up. Once at the top there are several small windows that you can look out. This is a great opportunity for a photo op of St. Louis. I was told that on a clear day you can see over 30 miles. After looking around for a while I went back down. The ride down only takes 4 minutes because gravity is working for you.If you are looking to kill some time or don’t want to spend much money there are several other activities available in the base of the arch. First it is very nicely air-conditioned, so on those hot days this is the place to be. Secondly, there is a museum that details westward expansion. They boast the world’s largest collection of Indian Peace Metals, and offer at lot of information about pioneering days. There was even a man, dressed in period clothing, teaching children about the toys of that time period and showing them how to play with them. Don’t be fooled by this. It was so interesting that several of the adults were all too happy to try out the toys too. As part of the museum there is a section based on the architect of the arch. It is very interesting because it tells the story of how it was decided to build an arch. Within the base there is also a gift shop and a small candy shop.Overall this is a great family activity.
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