A trip to St. Louis, the Gateway City, would be remiss without an exploration excursion of the iconic Gateway Arch. The nation's tallest national monument, the Arch is a symbol of St. Louis' station as the Gateway to the West, the motion of westward expansion from the civilized east coast to the undiscovered western frontier. St. Louis remains to this day a legacy of the American dream, of perseverance, ambition, and hope in the face of discovery.
The Gateway Arch rises powerfully from the riverfront Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis – near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition - to a towering 630 feet, cutting an imposing silhouette against the city skyline. A quick tram ride the top affords guests an incredible bird’s eye view of up to 30 miles in any direction on a clear day. Be sure your group's visit to the “Gateway to the West” includes a stop at the wonderful Museum of Westward Expansion located in the visitor center just inside the Arch. Also be sure to explore the history of the Old Courthouse, the site of the Dred Scott supreme court decision in 1847 and 1850, located just a block away from the Arch.