Enjoy the Gateway to the West
St. Louis is well-known for its iconic Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965. By itself, that would be enough to attract visitors, but this historic city also offers top-notch cultural institutions, unique family friendly excursions and legendary sports franchises.
Founded in 1764, the city is named after St. Louis IX, King of France. The city served as a center of prosperous trade along the Mississippi River, and much of its early character is still evident in areas such as Laclede’s Landing and Soulard. St. Louis hosted both the World's Fair and the Summer Olympics in 1904.
St. Louis’ entertainment scene is comprised of several distinct districts. The Loop is a refurbished area and includes Blueberry Hill, a regular performance gig for rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry. Other popular nightlife spots include The Grove, Washington Avenue, Grand Center and Clayton.
Air travelers will arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, which is about 10 miles from downtown St. Louis. A rental car provides easy access to all major attractions.