St. Louis, Missouri is one of the best hidden treasures in the country - not because it’s small in stature or splendor, but because it can be easily overlooked for more popular tourist attractions. However, St. Louis keeps reinventing itself all the time, while still keeping true to its roots and heavy traditions. It’s also the home to a few hidden gems you may not know about. If you’re planning on taking a trip to Missouri or even moving there, St. Louis is definitely the place to be!
St. Louis is home to many popular visual attractions and experiences, but the most well-known is probably the gigantic St. Louis Arch, also called the Gateway Arch. The Arch was built in 1963 as a monument to the ‘gateway of the West,’ and stands at 630 feet. Today, tourists can actually travel up into the massive monument and look down at the city below.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is also an incredible attraction to visit, even if you have no religious affiliation of your own. Its historic beauty resonates with people of all ages. There are also several historical museums in the area, including the St. Louis Art Museum, and the City Museum, where you can learn everything there is to know about the city and its history, including other popular downtown memorials and tourist attractions.
Whether you’re taking in a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, going to the St. Louis Zoo (which is free for all ages, and one of the best zoos in the country!), or visiting the Budweiser factory, St. Louis will keep the whole family busy and entertained.
Yes, the Anheuser-Busch factory, where Budweiser beer is made, is actually an appropriate touring location for even children. They may not be able to appreciate the beer being brewed, but learning the history behind the company, the process of making beer, and seeing the historically-famous Budweiser Clydesdales is something everyone will be able to enjoy.
St. Louis is famous for different types of cuisine, bordering somewhere between classic Southern BBQ, and mid-western fare. The best part is that it doesn’t necessarily teeter one way or the other, and rather capitalizes on its location to bring in a mix of different kinds of food. It’s famous for its specific style of BBQ - especially St. Louis-style ribs. Don’t be afraid to get your fingers messy when you’re stopping in this city!
Rich with history, vibrant entertainment, and experiences that no one in your family will ever forget, St. Louis is a mid-western city that’s not to be missed, and truly has something for everyone to be able to enjoy!