Posted by: RasmaSandra | December 23, 2019

Amazing St. Louis


Our armchair travels have taken us to the state of Missouri in the Midwestern U.S. Our first stop is St. Louis along the Mississippi River.

miss gateway

The icon of St. Louis is the Gateway Arch standing 192 meters high on the Missouri edge of the banks for the Mississippi The arch honors the frontiersmen and women who ventured westward to discover the Great Plains, the Rockies, and made their way to California. To get awesome views of the city and the state of Illinois take the tramway to the observation floor.

miss market

Beside the Gateway Arch, you’ll find the start of Market Street. This is the main street and is lined with important buildings and halfway along opens out into the St. Louis Memorial Plaza.

miss busch

On the left side, you’ll see Busch Stadium which is home to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

miss city hall

Keep walking along Market Street and you’ll find the City Hall that has been modeled after the Hotel de Ville in Paris, France.

miss soldiers memorial

Farther along you’ll find the Soldiers Memorial Building commemorating fallen American soldiers.

miss old courthouse

On the right side of Market Street is a large domed building, the Old Courthouse that is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park. Today it offers exhibits from the Museum of Westward Expansion. In the courthouse, you’ll also find tickets for the Gateway Arch and Visitor Center.

miss cathedral

The Old Cathedral, the Catholic Basilica of St. Louis of France was built on the site of the first church of St. Louis. On the west side of the cathedral, you’ll find the Old Cathedral Museum where you can find out about the history of the city.

miss forest park bench

Forest Park sits on the site of the 1904 Worlds Fair.

miss forest jeff

On the north side is the Jefferson Memorial.

miss forest Missouri_History_Museum_-_Front_2012

Here you’ll also find the Missouri History Museum with historical exhibits about the state, St. Louis, and Charles Lindbergh. The City Art Museum has collections from prehistoric to contemporary artworks The St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Science Center are also here.

miss picnic

Within Forest Park, people can picnic on Picnic Island

miss River_des_Peres_Lansdowne

and walk along the waterways of River des Peres with fountains and water features like the Cascades.

miss forest for

For hiking, there is the Kennedy Forest.

miss forest cabanne.jpg

See the Cabanne House the oldest structure in the park and on the National Register of Historic Places.

miss science

The St. Louis Science Center offers exhibits based on biology, chemistry, and physics. There is the Mission: Mars exhibit showcasing the technologies used in cosmic explorations. An OMNIMAX theater shows science-related films.

miss art museum

The St. Louis Art Museum has artworks by world masters with permanent exhibitions that include the art of Manfredi, van Gogh, and Rembrandt. It also showcases the creativity of eastern schools from the Himalayas to the Orient, the Middle East, and North Africa.

miss zoo

The St. Louis Zoo has some of the top conservation and animal preservation facilities in the entire U.S. The exhibitions showcase the wildlife of the Caribbean with bamboo sharks and stingrays.

mizz zoo flamingo

Africa shows you pink flamingos, hippos, zebras, leopards, and lions.

miss zoo gorilla

There are so many things to do and see that it has become one of the city’s top attractions. You can get around the park with the Emerson Zooline Railroad.

miss bot lily pool

The Missouri Botanical Garden also known as the Shaw Garden was named after the botanist and businessman Henry Shaw.

miss bot climatron

There is a lovely rose garden, the unusual Climatron built for tropical plants,

miss bot japanese.jpg

a Japanese garden, an aqua-tunnel under a water lily pool and an herbarium.

miss bot kids

The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden has attractions like a prairie village and treehouse. Other special exhibits include the Cave Experience with a man-made cave and a wetlands area with a steamboat.

miss six

Six Flags St. Louis sits on the western edge of the city. It is a great amusement park for thrill-seekers with rides such as the American Thunder, Bonzai Pipeline, Boomerang, Fireball, and Ninja. Next to it, you’ll find a water park with many winding slides and splash pools.

miss brewery 2

Anheuser-Busch Brewery is in the original place that Adolphus Busch chose to set up shop in the 1800s. Today it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can tour the old cask rooms and see how the beer is brewed and finish in the tasting rooms.

miss delmar Blueberry_Hill_patio

The Delmar Loop is the city’s top entertainment area with many eating and drinking establishments. It also offers a great nightlife. You’ll find iconic clubs such as Blueberry Hill with 1960s garage and rock and roll, hookah lounges, and The Pageant for great theater shows.

miss Weldon Spring Conservation Area

The Weldon Spring Conservation Area along the Missouri River gets you back to nature. The park has lovely limestone cliffs, forests, grassy meadows, and river banks. Marked trails are great for walking. For hearty hikers, there’s the Katy Trail that will take you deep into Missouri, across the riparian plains toward Clinton in the east.

miss City_Museum_outdoor_structures.jpg

The City Museum is housed in a former shoe factory. It is fun for both adults and children. Exhibits include a giant aquarium, architectural museum, art activities, participatory circus, and others.

miss magic house

The Magic House is housed in a lovely Victorian-style mansion with fun-filled exhibits. It is considered one of the top youth museums in the U.S. Here you can enjoy fairy-tale journeys, sandcastle sculpture gardens, and a huge Children’s Village.

miss Scott_Joplin_House

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site is the house where Scott Joplin the “Father of Ragtime” lived from 1901 to 1903. It is furnished in the period of the early 1900s and includes memorabilia and a player piano featuring the artist’s music and tours are available.

miss citygarden-statue-fountain

You might get startled seeing a large decapitated head while passing through City Garden but it is a part of a typical stroll through this park.

miss eros

This massive sculpture known as Eros Bendato was created by artist Igor Mitoraj. It is the head of Eros, the Greek god of love and desire. The bandages that cover the face symbolize his imprisoned desires. People enjoy taking photos here and climb inside the huge head.

miss chuck

This small red brick house was once the home of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry. He is known as the Father of Rock and Roll and wrote such classics here as “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Johnny B. Goode”, and “Rock and Roll Music”.

miss chuck statue in the Loop

There is a Chuck Berry statue in the Loop.

The house will become a museum and the center of an African-American cultural district to honor other former residents of the area such as Josephine Baker. Chuck Berry moved into the area the Greater Ville just as he was starting a family and bought his first electric guitar. The layout of the house remains as it was when Berry lived here.

miss Lemp_Mansion_2012

The Lemp Mansion is a historic house, There were three suicides by Lemp family members and the house is considered to be haunted.

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  1. Great pictures, but! I don’t see a word about that world-famous St. Louis Barbecue. If you missed it, you’ll have to go back!

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour. I cannot take credit for the photos but I always try to get the best I can. As for that BBQ, I have heard it is the very best but usually, I focus on the objects to see not the food,

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