As a symbol for St Louis, the Arch has soared above any expectations its backers could have had in 1965 when it opened. The centerpiece of this National Park Service property, the silvery, shimmering Gateway Arch is the Great Plains' own Eiffel Tower. It stands 630ft high and symbolizes St Louis' historical role as 'Gateway to the West.' The tram ride takes you to the tight confines at the top.
Book tickets in advance on the NPS website.
A massive project has transformed the area around the Arch in time for its 50th birthday. A large plaza now covers I-70 and connects the Arch and its park directly to the Old Courthouse and the rest of downtown. It's a huge and welcome improvement. Note that some portions of the upgrade, which includes all of the parks, won't be complete until 2017. Find out more at www.cityarchriver.org.