What comes to mind when you think of St. Louis? The Gateway Arch? While that big Arch is pretty cool, there’s so much more to see and do in Greater St. Louis.
St. Louis is a vibrant, historic, and welcoming city centrally located smack dab in Middle America. Whether you’re craving good food, cold beer, culture, the arts, or a good ol’ baseball game, there’s a flavor for everyone in St. Louis.
With so many neighborhoods in St. Louis, where to start? Here’s a few highlights to get your trip planning started.
If you want to start with the basics, be sure to check out a Cardinals game. Who doesn’t enjoy a warn summer day at the baseball game? After the game, check out the rooftop views at 360 Rooftop with Instagram-perfect views of the Downtown skyline, Busch Stadium, and of course, the Gateway Arch. During the day, ride up to the top of the Gateway Arch.
You may already know that St. Louis is a city that like beer. Of course, a visit to St. Louis wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery. But there’s not shortage of more local options when it comes to breweries in St. Louis. Be sure to check out local favorites like Morgan Street Brewery, Six Row Brewing Company, and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. A pub crawl is a fun way to explore the hoppy roots of this city.
Craving a global food experience? Centered along Grand Boulevard, South Grand is a an international foodie experience with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Latin and restaurants lining the streets.
What about something for musicians? Try the Soulard neighborhood and the adjacent Cherokee Street. Take in Blues music and the Soulard Farmer’s Market, open since 1779. Bet you didn’t know Foulard was home to the nation’s second largest Mardi Gras celebration!
What about the LGBT scene in St. Louis? While all of St. Louis is a welcoming community, St. Louis’ LGBT scene is centered around The Grove. Centered on Manchester Avenue between Tower Grove and Chouteau, The Grove is the heart of nightlife and dining for the LGBT community.
What about architecture? Lafayette Square features, shopping, dining, and well-preserved Victorian architecture. It’s a lovely neighborhood full of stately, historic homes and quaint little bed-and-breakfasts.
If you have more than a day or two in St. Louis, you may be like me and might enjoy an escape outside the city for a day. There’s many options just outside St. Louis on both the Missouri and Illinois sides of the Mississippi River.
The postcard-worthy Great River Road is a short drive north of Alton, Illinois. Take in the vistas of the Mississippi River or ride one of the many ferries that cross the might river.
And what about wine? Missouri’s Wine Country is only an hour’s drive from Central St. Louis! Centered around the quaint towns of Hermann and Washington, Missouri, take in the scenic vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine, or take in the German heritage of Hermann. Just take Interstate 70 about 70 miles west to find your way.
Right in the middle of it all, St. Louis is easy to get to from just about anywhere in North America. Lambert – St. Louis International Airport is a medium-sized airport with direct flights to nearly all major U.S. cities, many regional destinations, and even Canada and Mexico. Southwest Airlines uses St. Louis as a focus city for their flight operations with nearly 100 daily departures.
Arriving by car? St. Louis is at the confluence of Interstates 44, 55, 54, and 70, making it accessible to most of the Midwest in a matter of hours.
How about arriving by train? Amtrak serves St. Louis with inter-city service via Lincoln Service to Chicago, the Missouri River Runner to Kansas City, and the Texas Eagle, which snakes from San Antonio to Chicago.
Having a car is going to be easiest if you plan to get outside the city. You can easily rent one at the airport. But having a car isn’t a requirement! The St. Louis MetroLink light rail serves the St. Louis Airport and many Central St. Louis hot spots. You can reach many trip highlights via light rail and if you need a quick ride, you can always request a quick Uber. If you’ve never tried Uber, you can get your first ride free!
What’s holding you back from visiting St. Louis on your next trip? Explore St. Louis is currently offering a chance to win a getaway to St. Louis for a PrideFest weekend.
Winners of the Getaway Will Receive
2 Bud Light VIP Experience weekend passes to St. Louis PrideFest
2 night hotel stay at a downtown St. Louis hotel
$50 Visa gift card
Tickets to several St. Louis attractions
Have you visited St. Louis before? What are your favorite things to do in this city? Would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!