Honestly I did not even know that the Gateway Arch at Saint Louis,Missouri is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere before I decided to explore the city. Located a couple of hours away from Chicago, Saint Louis is a perfect weekend getaway destination for the Chicagoans.
The Gateway Arch stands with pride in the middle of the city and attracts so many tourists worldwide. The underground visitor center below the Gateway Arch has free museum,expedition movies and an incredible tram that takes you up to the top of the arch.Ride the tram that takes you 630 feet high up in the sky to get a terrific view of the city. Get a bird’s eye view from the top of the arch to spot the Mississippi river, Busch Stadium and the Court House in the heart of the city.Spend your evening in the fancy restaurants and bars at the Washington street. You will absolutely love the balloon race in the forest park if you happen to travel during the fall season.There are innumerable events including parades,concerts and festivals throughout the city depending on what time of the year you decide to travel. We were lucky to catch a glimpse of the Mardi Gras St.Louis grand parade in the month of February.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is one of the famous churches in the United States.The high ceiling church with its beautiful mosaics is really worth visiting. I really enjoyed lighting the colorful candles to make a wish in the church. The botanical garden, zoo and forest park are the other attractions in Saint Louis if you have a few more days to explore.