St. Louis Arch

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Unpleasant Ride to the Top Apr 29, 2012
I recently went to the St. Louis Arch when one of my friends was in town. She had never been to St. Louis before, so this was a new experience for her. It's been about 15 years since I've been there myself, and the last time I went I was very young, so I didn't remember it much. We decided to make it a fun outing, and go together.

To get in the Arch is free. Upon getting there, we decided to go in through the South entrance. It really doesn't matter if you go through South or North Entrance, as they are both opposite ends of the Arch, but we were closer to the South entrance.

There was a Museum of Westward Expansion right inside the ground floor of the Arch. It's an educational experience that allows you to take a journey into the past. The museum has animals, tools, and wagons of pioneers and Native Americans.

It was $10 a person to go to the top of the Arch. We went on a Friday, so the lines weren't too long to get tickets. However, they do print a time of tour on the ticket, and you can only go wait in line to go to the top of the Arch at the time of tour. We had to wait about 15 minutes before they would let us get near that line.

Next, we had to go through another small museum while waiting in line. This one was interesting because there are activities for little kinds, such as an old scale that kids can sit on to weigh in against other kids, and a rope that when tugged, makes the sound of a train choo.

We were then led to the elevators in groups, based on the number in the party. Because each elevator is in the shape of a capsule, and can only hold 5 people, the employees at the Arch was very careful about assigning seats. We were sat next to a party of 3. The elevator capsules were very uncomfortable for adults, because you can barely sit down without hitting your head and you definitely can't stretch out. It's not so much a problem with kids, though.

Once the elevator doors closed, we were lifted to the top, which was 630 feet high. The elevator door has windows, and it was going slow enough that we were able to see the floors and stairs next to them as we were going up. There were more than 100 floors, all marked.

Once we got to the top, it was very crowded. The top of the Arch is not like any other tall building you might have been to, like Willis Tower or Hancock Building. The windows were so tiny, and hard to see out of. You can look straight out the window, but you would have trouble looking down too far. And the top of the Arch was dimly lit, so it's hard to get a good picture.

We didn't stay for too long, just long enough to look through the Arch from both sides. We then went to the other side, opposite of the way we entered, to ride the descending elevator coming out from the North side.

Overall, it was not a very fun experience. It's probably fun for little kids because of the elevators going up and down, but not very interesting for my friend and I.
Arch, from across the street
View from the top
Another view; as you can see, the …
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rastamermaid rastamer…
12 reviews
Gateway To The Midwest May 04, 2011
There is alot to do on the Arch grounds alone.

There's a museum and historical exhibit in the base where you can also experience a fun ride to the top!

The are riverboats on the Mighty Mississippi that you can enjoy and receive some fun facts about how important the Mississippi is to St.Louis!
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largentco largentco
2 reviews
Gateway Arch in St. Louis Apr 18, 2011
My family and I went to the St. Louis Arch many years ago and I must say it was amazing and most memorable. This thing is huge. I don't recall the cost but it couldn't have been much. We were elevated to the top on a mine-cart type rail car that has the ability to flex 90 degrees. At the top you can look about 45 degrees toward the ground as the windows do not sit directly on a flat side. The windows are on each side of a triangles lower two sides if the point is pointing down and the flat side on the top. It's amazing. We even got to witness someone climb the outside of the arch and then parachute down from the top. This is a great attraction.
dipstick dipstick
2 reviews
Very cool Attraction Jul 04, 2011
This is an amazing site over an amazing city. So much to do, so much to see. Amazing food. If you like historical home this is a wonderful city too see, along with all of the new modern buildings taking place. Check out a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, even if you are not a fan, promise you will have a great time.
callmegoose callmego…
2 reviews
Aug 01, 2007
I'm sure its talked about a lot, but the Arch is one of the coolest things in MO, I think. For only about $7 you can go up into the arch and get a great view of Down Town St. Louis as well as go underneath and go through the museum for free. Its fun and inexpensive and something I would highly recommend you do if you are in the area with kids, I'm sure they'd get a kick out of it.
In the museum in front of the stuf…
From out the car window.
The arch.
The Busch Stadium from the top.
sylviandavid says:
Isn't the arch incredible.... We rode to the top but it was funny because my mom was afraid of the elevator and my brother was afraid of the height... It is 330 feet high isn't it?... (sorry my memory from 1983.... ) Sylvia
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
vulindlela says:
Nice photos!
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008

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