What's There To Do? Sightseeing Guide

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Fresh bread at Amighetti's.
Here is a smattering of some of the places/sights I experienced and can recommend.  (See the "getting around blog for specifics how to get to these places)

The Hill - an Italian neighborhood south of hwy 44 and Kingshighway with bakeries, restaurants, deli, and boutique shops of imports and artwork.
  • Amighetti's - a wonderful place for a cheap lunch. My 1/2 sandwich (about 5" and good sized) was only $3.85 and was very filling, delicious, on terrific fresh baked bread, and eaten in their causal dining room.
  • Vitale's - exquisite bakery. I bought a variety of biscotti and a few cookies here to take to the hotel and saved for breakfast. Oh, and the tiramisu was eaten immediately and was unforgettable!
The Old Courthouse - in downtown (free) - Where the burblings began to start the civil war.  Inside contains much history and visitors can watch a film talking about the fateful ruling in the Dred Scott case.
Old Courthouse - famous for the Dred Scott decision to start the civil war.
  *Note: As of September 10th the dome was full of scaffolding as they were installing a fire system so entire sections of the museum were cordoned off as a team of men were working above.

The Campbell House - (admission $6) This is a fully restored 1850's wealthy home worth seeing.  Located in the richest part of town in it's day the home still houses most of the original furnishings of the owners.  The family had numerous children only three of which survived into adulthood - none of which ever married.  One of the sons had a fascination with early photography and it is remarkable how he took photos of all the rooms in the family's home and preserved them, which are now on display.  Unreal!

Union Station - once the busiest train station in the United States, this structure is spectacular in detail, scope, and reuse as the Marriott.
The Catholic Basilica glass mosaic interior.
  (free to see)

Catholic Basilica - 85,000 square feet of colored glass mosaic tiles - 41,500,000 pieces of glass make this basilica even more impressive, in my opinion, than the Vatican!  Don't pass this up!!!

Laclede's Landing - (free) 9 square blocks on the waterfront of food, drink, and anchored by a hotel/casino, with a few shops thrown in for good measure.

The Soldier Memorial - (free) A beautiful and interesting monument to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

City Museum - ($14 for adults - open til 1am on Friday and Saturday nights). Either the man who built this attraction was crazy or was a genius. It is a museum like none other.

Riverfront and The Arch
- If you are in St.
Gateway Arch
Louis you simply must at least stand next to the arch and get appreciation for it's size and majesty. The Mississippi Riverfront sports a casino, helicopter and riverboat rides.

Fireman's Museum (free) - A tribute to those who protect us.

The City Zoo - (free) and rated as one of the top 3 museums in the United States.

Planetarium - (free) wonderful science museum located in Forest Park

Forest Park - The largest public city park in the U.S. - bigger than Central Park in New York.

Schlafly Brewery and Bottling Plant Tour - (free) The St. Louis beer maker offers a free tour and sampling of it's factory, located just West of The Hill neighborhood.

Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour - (free) Producers of Budweiser beer also gives a free tour and sampling.
The Campbell House - restored opulence.

The Revolving Restaurant at the top of the Millenium Hotel - (free to see) - excellent views of the city and the riverfront.

The Historic Fox Theater - (tours $5) - Built in the 20's and restored to its glory, this magnificent theater is worth the trip to the west end of the city.

Thriving Fine Arts District - The visual arts community here is so well represented! With over 20 museums and galleries offered here, artists gather in mass in this central mecca to display their inspirations.

and just so many more options to take advantage of, this list can go on and on!

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Fresh bread at Amighettis.
Fresh bread at Amighetti's.
Old Courthouse - famous for the Dr…
Old Courthouse - famous for the D…
The Catholic Basilica glass mosaic…
The Catholic Basilica glass mosai…
Gateway Arch
Gateway Arch
The Campbell House - restored opul…
The Campbell House - restored opu…
Louis and Clark bronze riverfront …
Louis and Clark bronze riverfront…
Bronze fireman outside of the Fire…
Bronze fireman outside of the Fir…
Eads bridge.
Eads bridge.
Union Station
Union Station
Aloe Plaza fountain with Union Sta…
Aloe Plaza fountain with Union St…
Seeing the Arch from under the Ead…
Seeing the Arch from under the Ea…
The Soldiers Memorial
The Soldier's Memorial
Christian Church, beautiful gothic…
Christian Church, beautiful gothi…
City Museum. Bizzard, massive, int…
City Museum. Bizzard, massive, in…
Historic Fox Theater
Historic Fox Theater
The Orpheum.
The Orpheum.
Jazz district.
Jazz district.
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
The Park at night. The sculpture w…
The Park at night. The sculpture …