The enduring and historic Gateway to the West, St. Louis was built by groups of industrious immigrants who believed in the American dream, leading this Midwestern gem into the 21st century with spirit and purpose.
There are hundreds of attractions in St. Louis for every group dynamic and interests. Religious groups may be interested in visiting the grand Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis set on the Mississippi River and decorated with sensational and triumphant Byzantine style mosaics across the ceilings and archways.
Groups interested in history have several destinations including the Ulysses S. Grant Homestead, Grant’s Farm, and the Missouri History Museum among others. Laclede’s Landing is the city’s oldest neighborhood set on the banks of the mighty river and filled with cobblestone streets, local retail shops, and restaurants with the quintessential St. Louis mix of cultural flavors.
If food is your thing, you can do no better than to visit Little Italy, otherwise known as The Hill. Here you can find truly authentic Italian restaurants built and continued by the descendants of Italian immigrants to Missouri. Try the famous toasted ravioli at Mama Toscano’s, the seafood ravioli at Zia’s, or the cannoli at Missouri Baking Company.
St. Louis has a number of landmarks that rank among the best in the nation. Visit the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Old Courthouse, Busch Stadium home of the Cardinals, Ted Drewe’s frozen custard stands, or stop by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a tour.
Groups with children may enjoy the St. Louis Science Center and its hands on activities or a visit to Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo. Also in Forest Park is the St. Louis Art Museum, home to one of the best art collections in the nation.