The Gateway Arch in St. Louis has long been on my list of iconic American monuments to see and experience. I got the opportunity in August 2011.
It really is as magnificent in person as I had imagined it to be. It appears deceptively simple in design, but of course, it’s actually quite intricate. The elevators to the top are a pretty tight squeeze. Imagine cable cars with seats on each side, and about four folks can fit in them. As the angle changes toward the top, the elevator car rotates but the passengers remain seated upright (we didn’t tilt). It’s not a quick ride, either. It takes a few minutes. Below is a quick and dirty panorama (because my camera didn’t have that function) of St. Louis from the top of the arch.
The pictures below show the mighty Mississippi River, which you can view from the other side of the Gateway Arch.
Here are a couple of pics showing what the observation room looks like. It’s a bit cramped in there, but the tour operators keep the crowds small. Once you’re up there, though, you can stay as long as you want.
And one more shot of the arch for good measure.
I was in St. Louis for an academic conference, but I was able to fit in a little more sightseeing. I simply couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see the St. Louis Cardinals in Busch Stadium.
St. Louis has a lot of great neighborhoods to explore, but I chose to wander around in The Loop. There’s a cool vibe here.
I’ll wrap up with the best nighttime photo my camera could make. Just as this picture shows, there are many views of the city featuring the Gateway Arch somewhere on the horizon.