The Gateway Arch

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The Gateway Arch is the visually defining structure of St. Louis and the metaphorical "Gateway to the West." Even though it is situated within Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, the arch is visible from a wide swath of the city and even from a considerable distance while traveling along the roadways.

Visitors can get to an observation deck at the top of the building, standing at 630 feet, by the elevator. You can take a tram ride, which lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. On a day with clear visibility, it is possible to see up to 30 miles. Don't forget to appreciate the view.

To get the most out of the arch, you can take helicopter tours, riverboat cruises, and visit the Old Courthouse to learn about the area's history. The museum's displays cover from 1764 to 1965 and tell the stories of Native Americans, explorers, and pioneers who helped the United States grow.

The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, towered over St. Louis at 63 stories when it was completed. It's hard to believe that this is a steel-and-concrete structure, making it so beautiful.

You can also enjoy stunning views of downtown St. Louis and the arch from the Becky Thatcher or the Tom Sawyer, which date back to the 19th century and still operate today.