3-Day STL Intro

Day 1 You'll See:

Day 2 You'll See:

Day 3 You'll See:

 

Day One

Gateway Arch -  Your trip to St. Louis would not be complete without a stop at the Gateway Arch, the absolute tallest arch in the world! This 630 foot monument stands clad in stainless steel and is known as the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere as well as Missouri’s tallest accessible building. From the top of this inverted, weighted catenary arch you will see unbeatable views of the city below, catching great glimpses of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, Edward Jones Dome, and the Old Courthouse, not to mention the Mighty Mississippi. Standing as an icon on western expansion in the United States as well as the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, this historic arch is the perfect mix of excitement and education. Enjoy the four minute tram ride up and three minute ride down before heading over to the museum, gift shop, nearby cafe, or adjacent riverboat cruise line!

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour - Stop by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis to see one of the city’s most culturally historic landmarks, the Busch brewery that has stayed strong since 1852. This National Historic Landmark will show your group the historic brewing methods of "one batch at a time," creating one of the finest beers and a long-standing tradition of brewing excellence. Nestled deep within historic Soulard District, this largest and oldest brewery in the nation chose this spot due to the obvious proximity to the Mississippi River, as well as for the large number of German immigrants and the natural cave formations here that work perfectly for natural beer storage. Explore the history-rich architecture and cutting edge brewing technology as you and your group tour the complex, seeing up close and person the celebrated seven-step brewing process created over 100 years ago! Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you go or, if you are in the 21 and over club, be sure to save room for plenty of samples!

Forest Park - Welcome to Forest Park, the widely popular 1,371 acre public park in Western St. Louis that serves as a prominent civic center and public meeting space. This urban park holds four different museums, a zoo, several athletic fields, and even a golf course. Forest Park is known as one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world, home to over 13 million visitors per year. Perhaps the most popular thing about this park is the number of different anticipated annual events held here, from massive music festivals to hot air balloon races! Stop at the Visitor’s Center to check out all the possible tours and classes, or perhaps download your own self-guided tour. You can take a park history tour, landmark tour, bird walk, or even wildflower walk while here! Forest Park is truly a fantastic place to read, picnic, socialize, jam out, or even work out, as you enjoy this escape from the city, a peaceful park oasis nestled deep within a bustling city!

Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, History Museum - End your day by choosing any one (or two) of the four most popular attractions at Forest Park. Your group can spend some time at the fun and educational St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum, or Missouri History Museum. This wide range of subject/attraction should please even the pickiest person in your group, not to mention each option is packed full of historic, cultural, and entertaining information. For more information on any of the mentioned attractions visit our St. Louis Attractions Page here!

Day Two

Grant’s Farm - Grant’s Farm is one of the most widely understated St. Louis attraction, the former Busch family estate from 1954 that offers culture, history, entertainment, and culinary adventure all in one stop! The farm’s namesake comes from the period of time when Ulysses S. Grant worked and lived here, providing your group the unique opportunity to see his log cabin in near original condition! This unique St. Louis landmark combines history, heritage, and wildlife into one unforgettable experience in which you can see Grant’s Cabin, Deer Park, and Tier Garten all within the same day! Head over to Bauernhof, German for Homestead, the onsite historic spot created in 1913 where you can today find original carriage houses, beer samples, and the German eatery Brat Haus. Take a tram ride around the park to see all available shows and attractions, such as the paddle boat rides, pony rides, carousel, camel and parakeet feeding, and gift shops! There are also four different yet equally delicious eateries throughout, so save time and stomach space for them all!

Old Courthouse - The Old St. Louis County Courthouse is the historic courthouse on 4th Street that is technically a combination of both Federal and State Courthouse. First constructed in 1816 and opened in 1864, this courthouse served as the first court on the infamous Dred Scott case, today a popular historic and free attraction for tourists and locals alike. Not only will you learn many details of the Dred Scott case, but you will also learn all about the Virginia Minor case, in which women’s rights were fought for and gained. This significant part of United States history is also a major architectural masterpiece, full of meticulously restored courtrooms throughout. Explore all the special exhibits that show St.Louis’ role in early settlers’ movement westward, as well as the building’s architecture itself, the 194 foot structure claiming the title of the tallest habitable building in Missouri!

City Museum - A visit to St. Louis wouldn’t be quite complete without a stop at City Museum, one of the top attractions throughout the entire city! This entire complex, located on Washington Avenue in the Loft District, was established in 1997 as a new museum, though it was for a much longer time an International Shoe Building factory. This repurposed architectural wonderland is filled to the brim with reused industrial objects from the city, as well as from the old factory. City Museum is a "constantly evolving art installation, playground, and discovery center," a truly magical experiment in marrying education with entertainment, learning with playing. Stop at the museum gift shop for your very own unique and fun City Museum souvenir before you go, or if you work up an appetite while here head to one of the five different full eateries within, from the fun Rooftop Cantina to the popular Cabin Inn or Tony’s BBQ!

Day Three

Missouri Botanical Garden - Welcome to the Missouri Botanical Garden, more formally known as Shaw’s Garden. Shaw’s Garden is named after its founder, widely popular local philanthropist Henry Shaw. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, a National Historic Landmark that serves as one of the state’s top centers for botanical research and scientific education. Within the boundaries of this popular garden you will find the iconic geodesic greenhouse dome, the rain forest Climatron. Find all the most exotic plants from deep within overseas jungles at this spot, or perhaps head over to the Victorian Home and gardens to immerse yourself in a garden from times past. Take a leisurely stroll around the 14-acre stunningly authentic Japanese Garden or check to see if any of the popular annual events are taking place during your visit, the Chinese Lantern Festival and Garden Glow Christmas Festivals being among the favorites!

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis - The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, otherwise known as the St. Louis Cathedral, is the Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located at the Central West End of the city. Built in 1914, in the Romanesque-Byzantine Revival style architecture by Thomas P. Barnett, this 226 foot behemoth spiritual center of archdiocese of Saint Louis is a beautiful tribute to Roman Catholic school, service, and history! Inside you will have the opportunity to explore the Transept, the Lunette, the arches, domes, All Souls Chapel, and Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Discover the Baldacchino, Statues, and Rose Windows, some of the most beautiful indoor architecture. The designers of these glorious architectural details believed that they were a message of God’s reaches in earthly life, which you may agree upon seeing the cathedral yourself.


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