As the doors of your ascent pod close, you and your fellow adventurers prepare for liftoff. While some knees may be quivering, others have ear-to-ear grins, incapable of concealing their excitement. You glance around, nodding in accord with some, offering encouragement to others. Now, your ship comes to a gentle landing and you disembark. You have not rocketed from Earth to space, although this view is just as awe-inspiring. No, you find yourself at the apex of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, having bravely ridden the elevator to the top.
Outside the lift, you climb the short staircase to the observation deck and inch your head closer to the window. The skyline comes into view, curving like the arch you are looking through. After a minute of marveling, you climb back in the elevator to be delivered back to Earth—where you can return to one of the St. Louis hotels close by to contemplate your journey to the heavens.
The Gateway Arch is “must-do” item for the adventurous, but it’s not the only thing to do here. Consider what else brings you to the “Gateway of the West”—this might help you decide on the best place to stay. Downtown offers visitors to the city plenty of attractions; many great hotels in St. Louis are located in the city center. Read on below to discover some of the best things to see in the city and the types of hotels that are nearby.
While your trip up the arch may have seemed “out of this world,” it was actually just 630 feet above the ground. Still, the deck at the top of the iconic steel structure offers a breathtaking panorama of the city with vistas to the east and the west as far as 30 miles.
If you’re looking for a neighborhood that is convenient to downtown, but also provides outdoor opportunities, Forest Park provides a vast ocean of green in this urban landscape. You’ll find the St. Louis Art Museum, an outdoor theater, the zoo, numerous open parks, and two golf courses—fore! Other cultural attractions in the area are the Magnificent Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall, and Muny Opera.
St. Louis is a baseball town. When the home team is playing at Busch Stadium, the entire city comes alive. If you can’t score tickets to the game (or if it’s the offseason), you can still experience the energy at Ballpark Village.
Not every trip to St. Louis must be peanuts, pop flies, and Crackerjacks. Many business professionals pay a visit to the America’s Center Convention Complex each year for industry conferences and other corporate events.
Count on Travelocity to book your stay in the Gateway City, and you’ll enjoy a large selection of accommodations, from cheap hotels in St. Louis city center to luxurious resorts. Save your money for front row seats at a ball or a second ascent up the Arch, and make memories that will last a lifetime.