St. Louis Information

Sometimes written as Saint Louis, the city named for King Louis IX of France is also known as the Gateway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri stands at the center crossroads of the United States on the Mississippi River. It is a city rich in cultural heritage from the French and German roots, but also a cosmopolitan city, with fabulous restaurants, hotels, exciting nightlife and entertainment options.

Some of the most interesting things to see in the city include:

Gateway Arch
707 N. 1st St., St Louis MO
The 630-feet stainless steel arch symbolizes the city's location on the Western bank of the Mississippi. The monument commemorates President Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase, which overnight doubled the size of the United States. Visitors to the Gateway Arch can step back in time and savor the past at Levee Mercantile. The 1870s style riverfront general store is located in the Visitor Center beneath the Arch. Many food products selected for Levee Mercantile feature Missouri artisans who use traditional recipes and time-honored production methods.

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63110
Located in Forest Park, this lush city zoo is the pride of St. Louis - it is an award wining quality zoo. The zoo shows many animals in natural settings, from the great apes, to the elephants and the penguins. You can take a walk in the wild through the thrilling exhibit where elephants are at play, cheetahs dart across a dry plain and hyenas watch warily by. Moreover, the admission to the zoo is free.

St. Louis Union Station
1820 Market Street, Saint Louis, MO 63188
St. Louis Union Station is a massive, Romanesque-style building, designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, which was once the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world. At its peak, more than 100,000 people a day traveled through this 11-acre stone palace. old train yard has been transformed into an indoor mall, with more than 100 stores, restaurants, bars and even a brewery.

St. Louis Art Museum
One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 30,000 works of art. Areas of notable depth include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes, and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th century German painting. Admission to the Museum and its collection is free every day.

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to the locals, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The Garden's mission is to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment, in order to preserve and enrich life.