After years of passing through St. Louis, I finally took the time to go downtown and tour The Arch. It was wonderful. So different than what anyone had ever described. I’d been told it’s old, rickety, uncomfortable, unstable, etc. It was none of that. My visit drove home the point that you have to experience stuff for yourself.
To purchase tickets for the arch you have to go to the historic courthouse which also provides for a nice tour. I had no idea that the Dred Scott case took place right there and it was
Thankfully there was no wait so I was able to get to the top right away. The views were spectacular. You can see the river on one side, and the city on the other. The best points of interest to me were the baseball and football stadiums, and of course the courthouse:
As is usually the case when I visit an amazing place, half of the arch was under construction so only the south side (and half of the observation deck) was accessible:
But I was still able to snag a premier memento photo documenting my visit to the tallest building in a national park?
In addition to the arch undergoing standard maintenance, the grounds of the arch are also undergoing a great deal of overhaul. When complete, there will be a free
After my visit I had a lovely lunch at Angelo’s which is pretty much at the base of the arch, then headed to the airport so I can head off to the next city. I was really happy I finally had the chance to make this visit. I highly recommend anyone passing through to take a few hours and explore the arch and courthouse. It’s a wonderful adventure.