With summer finally entering the atmosphere, it’s that time of year again for folks to embark on vacations and adventures across the country. A popular tourist attraction is the Gateway Arch. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Arch is the largest man-made monument in the entire U.S. It stands astonishingly tall and is the perfect subject for photography.
Below, we’ve listed a few different things you can do if you plan to visit the Arch this summer.
- Tram Ride to the Top
Ever want to see St. Louis from 630 feet above the ground? If so, you’ll want to hop on a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch. After touring the rest of the Arch, you can hop onboard a tram car that will take you 630 feet up in the air, the perfect place to grab some photos for Instagram and take in the view. The tour lasts about 45 to 60 minutes. It’s an amazing experience that simply can’t be passed on.
- Helicopter Tour
If trams or stairs aren’t your thing, you can always sign up to take a helicopter tour of the Gateway Arch and see it up close. You’ll sore a good distance above the Mississippi River and get one of the best views possible of the Arch. Rides are available from April to November and cost $43 per person.
- Historic Museum
Before embarking on a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, you can check out the historic museum that’s located at the bottom. You can explore the story of the Native Americans, the various explorers, and the brave adventurists who discovered our great nation and get to know the history of St. Louis better than ever. Various galleries, exhibits, and more are offered without the need to pay for admission. It’s the perfect way to psych yourself up for a tram ride or even simply learn more about our country.
- Riverboat Cruise
Another way to explore the majesty of the Gateway Arch is by embarking on a riverboat cruise on St. Louis’ riverfront. Enjoy a romantic dinner, a relaxing tour, or even a live band on your cruise as you bask in the glory of the largest man-made monument in the United States. We recommend climbing aboard during sunset for the most beautiful landscape views possible.
- Old Courthouse
If you plan to visit the Gateway Arch, it’s also worth checking out the Old Courthouse. Located on 4th Street in St. Louis, the Old Courthouse is home to multiple artifacts and relics that help you relive the past and discover what the mid-19th century was like. Built in 1839, the courthouse will instantly transport you to another time when African-Americans weren’t considered citizens and women were decades away from having the right to vote. It’s a truly magnificent attraction in St. Louis that’s worth visiting if you’re interested in the history of the city.
With so much fun to be had, visiting the Gateway Arch is a perfect way to please everyone in your group. We hope you have an amazing time participating in all St. Louis has to offer!
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