Not far from The Marriott Union Station is the tallest National Monument in The United States! At 630 feet high, you could put the Washington Monument underneath it! If ever destroyed, it could never be rebuilt (Supposedly OSHA rules?). You will want to make a day of it! There is something for all in the family. Here are some tips if you are going thru St. Louis and have some extra time on your hands:
Located by the Mississippi River where I-64, I-70 and I-55 meet, you don't have to go out of the way to find good garage parking. I recommend the Arch Garage for safety and closeness to The Arch.
Upon arriving, get your tickets first! You may have a wait of hours to get to the top, so get your tickets, and then see the Museum, the grounds or enjoy a picnic.
The ride to the top is cramped, so if you don't like "Tight fits" think twice about going up.
There are many other things to enjoy on your visit to The Arch Grounds. You have the "Old Courthouse" (Where the D. Scott case was tried), along with The Landing, famous for night life. The Cardinal Stadium as well as Blues and Rams stadiums are within walking distance.
Here are a few pictures of the area;
This is the view from near the parking lot!
Here's where you get your tickets, note you will have to go thru "Airport security", so be prepared. Likewise, the screens will let you know when you can ride to the top!
The Museum entrance!
Tribute to the builders of this "World Wonder"!
View looking up from the South leg of The Arch!
View from The Arch Grounds, note Eads Bridge, Heli port, and Mississippi River!
Enjoy your trip, and if you have more questions, please let me know!!
I am not "Rabid", like so much of the "Cardinal Nation"!
Some of these people need to "Chill"! I am sure you know the Cubs are playing in St. Louis on Friday the 13th (A Cub Oman?). That is the hottest ticket in town for some time!
Good luck with the Cubs this year, but the Cards do look pretty good and the "War Cry" from the Cardinal Nation is "12 in 12"! (Meaning they want their 12th World Championship in 2012).
jerrycoin this post came across while I was overseas and I guess I missed it the first time around, but since barrpat resurrected it, I too enjoyed going to the top of the arch a few years back. It was an experience riding the little elevator car but a great view from the top of the city. I wasn't aware though that it was the tallest national monument so thanks for the information.