St. Louis, MO! Nightlife faves? Eats? Camping safely near Cahokia Mounds?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2013 1:07 PM Last Post By: SMB
Aug 26, 2013 3:19 PM
St. Louis, MO! Nightlife faves? Eats? Camping safely near Cahokia Mounds?We're excited for a weekend roadtrip from the Windy City to the Brick City. Here are my Q's. Thanks for your wisdom, Thorn Tree travelers!
Does anyone have a favorite bar or music venue for upbeat fun or seeing local bands on a Saturday night?
Can you recommend a restaurant with fresh fare that is something besides American or Italian-style?
Has anyone ever spent the night in *Horseshoe Lake State Park*? What was your experience there?
We plan to explore Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, IL and camp out in the area before heading into the city the following day. I learned (from the DNR) that the State Park does not take campsite reservations and fluctuates in popularity depending on the day. Should we be concerned about safety because of its close vicinity (8 miles) to East St. Louis?
Aug 26, 2013 7:50 PM
1"Should we be concerned about safety because of its close vicinity (8 miles) to East St. Louis?"
No. Per FBI UCR, The Illinois DNR reported 3 aggravated assaults and 33 property crimes statewide in 2011. The town of Collinsville (pop 25,656) had 0 murderrs, 15 robberies and 35 aggravated assaults. Outside of parts of south and west Chicago, E STL and a handful of smaller, similar pockets, there is very little serious crime in Illinois. East St Louis, pop 27,000 had 25 murders, 272 robberies and 1278 aggravated assaults.
Aug 27, 2013 5:59 AM
2I grew up in St Louis, and would not camp anywhere near Cahokia Mounds unless in a DNR Park with gates. I live in Chicago, and ride a moto and have camped all over the USA, Asia and EU. I also have never heard of St Louis referred to as "Brick City"..where is that from? Very Curious, as I am 5th Generation STL.
As for St Louis, and eating, it all depends on where you will be. There are endless options for food, and music, go to Metro Mix, or Yelp, even Trip Advisor. The Central West End, Soulard, and Clayton areas are dining meccas, as is Washington BLVD.
I think there are far more interesting cultural and historical areas to focus on in St Louis, than Cahokia Mounds, which is best visited for about 1-2 hours IMO.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is on the best in the country, next to the zoo, also one of the best in the country. The Botanical Gardens are a must, you also have the Anheuser Busch Brewery, one of the oldest in the country, as well as Grants Farm. (Free Beer)
The St Louis Arch is rather dizzying once you ride to top, and the Westward Expansion Museum under the Arch is excellent. In addition, you have the Old Courthouse, where slaves were once sold on the steps, and one of the busiest (and grandest) train stations in the country, Union Station. If you walk from the Arch to the Courthouse to Union Station, there is a new Sculpture Garden as well, with some of the most revered artist sculptures in the world.
Other nice things to take in, is Lafayette Square (French settled), Central West End Mansions tour (turn of the century barons lived there) near Forest Park.
Food specialties in St Louis are St Louis Baby Back ribs, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, and lots of great Italian.
Aug 27, 2013 8:07 AM
3I appreciate the stats and sight-seeing and dining recs. One of the places learned about the presence of brick buildings in STL was from this cultural institution:
Thank you, everyone, for sharing such useful information. Keep it coming!
Aug 27, 2013 9:11 AM
4moto, what did maliante squeal on you again? Unbelievable!
Laclede’s Landing has some nice bars and restaurants, take in a Card game. Horseshoe Lake State Park has camping and it's safe enough, bring a lot of skeeter repellant it's nothing special IMO. Agree Cahokia Mounds is about a 2 hour visit.
Where the heck did "brick city" come from, never heard of it??????????????????
Aug 29, 2013 1:06 PM
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