About: I called it St. Louis Arch, but actually, it’s known as the Gateway Arch. The Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States at 630 feet; it is the city’s best known landmark and a popular tourist attraction. Construction began February 12, 1963 and the last section of the Arch was put into place on October 28, 1965. Each year, approximately a million visitors ride the trams to the top of the Arch. The trams have been in operation for over 30 years, traveling a total of 250,000 miles and carrying over 25 million passengers. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history.
My Experience: I was fortunate enough to have the experience of visiting the St. Louis Arch twice, once when I was 14 years old during summer time and another time was just recently in December 2010 during winter time. Both experiences were different. When I was younger, I thought that everything was huge. I remembered the underground of the Arch was big with many shops and eating places. However, recently I was proved that the underground of the Arch is a fair size. There are two gift shops, no restaurant, and a museum that is free for tour. There are shows that talks about the making of the Arch with cover charge and trams that takes you up to the top of the Arch. There are two trams: north gate and south gate. Each tram has probably 10 elevators and each elevator has 5 seats that can fit 5 persons. Each elevator is a bit small so I don’t recommend to those people who are claustrophobic. You have a good view at the top of the Arch: St. Louis’ downtown and beyond on one side and the border of Missouri and Illinois on the other.
Pros: Missouri’s distinguished monument, at least experience once, a lasting memory
Cons: tram elevators are small for people who afraid of small space, anyone afraid of height may not enjoy it
I rate it 5 stars!
Have you been here? How do you like it?