Gateway Arch National Park

National Park in St Louis

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As a symbol for St Louis, the Gateway Arch has soared above any expectations its backers could have had in 1965 when it opened. Now the centerpiece of its own recently christened national park, the silvery, shimmering 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 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.