48 Hours in St Louis
48 Hours in St Louis
...with Destination St Louis, a DMC Network Company
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"Meet me in St. Louis, Louis!" This will be more than just a famous Judy Garland tune after you experience the sights and cultural legacy of St. Louis. With more free attractions than any other city in the United States, excluding Washington, D.C, St. Louis is a visitor’s dream. The city is easily accessible from anywhere in the country with more than 270 departures daily, 67 non-stop destinations, and a Metrolink that connects the airport and downtown. From cultural venues to a national monument and everything in between, St. Louis truly is a gateway to discovery.
If you haven’t been to St. Louis lately, then you need to take another look. The St. Louis metropolitan area is comprised of almost 3 million residents and features attractions that appeal to all ages. The food scene is thriving with over 1,000 one-of-a-kind restaurants including 2017 James Beard award winning chefs, Kevin Nashan (Sydney Street Café and Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co.) and finalist Kevin Willmann (Farmhaus). Beer aficionados can sip and sample their way through St. Louis’ flourishing beer scene. From one of the oldest breweries in the country, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, to one of the new age microbreweries, visitors will have a good time tasting all that St. Louis has to offer.
9am: Welcome to St. Louis!
Known as the Gateway to the West, Lambert International Airport is just 14 miles away from downtown. You will be greeted with midwestern hospitality by our Destination St. Louis staff, and transported to downtown St. Louis to begin your trip.
9:40am: Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot tall national monument to President Thomas Jefferson and his vision of a continental United States. Take a tram ride to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the Mississippi River or watch “Monument to the Dream,” a documentary that tells the story of the Arch from concept through construction. The Arch is undergoing a $380 Million transformation and will have its grand reopening to celebrate the Fourth of July in 2018.
11:30am: Old Courthouse
As you exit the national park grounds, you will see one of the most historically significant buildings in the U.S. Originally opened in 1828, the structure’s cast-iron dome, designed after the dome on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, was under construction in 1861 at the same time as the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Dred Scott slavery trials were held here, leading the country toward the Civil War.
12pm: St. Louis Blues and BBQ
St. Louis is said to consume more barbecue sauce per capita than any other city in the nation, and Sugarfire Smokehouse is making sure that stays true with 6 locations throughout Missouri. Your lunch today will be at their location on Washington Avenue. After lunch, head next door to the National Blues Museum, which explores the Blues and celebrates the genre as the foundation of all modern American music. The facility educates guests in an entertaining environment that includes high impact technology driven experiences, a state-of-the-art theater, artifact-driven exhibits and robust public programming.
2pm: Missouri Botanical Garden
The next stop is the Missouri Botanical Garden which is considered among the top three public gardens in the world. The magnificent 79-acre garden, a St. Louis institution since 1859, is among the nation’s oldest public gardens. It features 25 demonstration gardens within the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, a Chinese Garden, Boxwood Garden and an expanded Victorian garden complete with a topiary maze and observatory. In addition to the re-created tropical rain forest housed within the Climatron geodesic dome, MBG includes an English Woodland garden and the largest traditional Japanese Garden in North America.
As you head back downtown, you won’t want to miss the Citygarden. Framed by office towers and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown, Citygarden is St. Louis’ newest free attraction and a stunning addition to the artistic landscape. The 2.9-acre park, which incorporates a unique design of water, stone, architecture and 24 pieces of modern sculpture by renowned artists, offers a uniquely beautiful gathering place. Its hardscape was inspired by the area’s great rivers and includes three unique water features – a 180-foot rectangular basin with a six-foot waterfall; 34-foot-diameter tilted granite disc partially covered by a scrim of water; and a state-of-the-art spray plaza with more than 100 computer-controlled spray jets and custom lighting.
4:30pm: Union Station for a stop to see the light show
Stop into the Grand Hall at St. Louis’s Union Station for a drink at the Grand Hall bar and watch the award-winning 3D mapping immersive light show, brought to life on the majestic ceiling. This enormous project was built at the cost of $6.5 million. The gem of this new Station was The Grand Hall with its gold leaf, Romanesque arches, 65-foot barrel vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows. The most magnificent of these stained-glass windows is the "Allegorical Window" which is majestically framed by the famous "Whispering Arch."
7:05pm: Busch Stadium
There’s a reason ESPN Magazine named St. Louis the “Ultimate Sports City.” Fans always have something to cheer about here. The 11-time World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals are perennial contenders as the most dedicated baseball fans in the country descend on Busch Stadium clad in red. Tonight, cheer on the Cards while taking in views of the St. Louis skyline. The stadium offers the very best of baseball tradition with a great view from every seat, authentic ballpark dining and a wide variety of off-field activities for pre- and post-game entertainment. After the game, head to Ballpark Village located across the street. This seven city-block, 10-acre entertainment plaza is St. Louis’s newest entertainment district with highlights that include Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brewhouse, Fox Sports Midwest Live! PBR and Howl at the Moon.
9am: Meet me in St. Louis, Meet me at the Fair
When the world came to St. Louis in 1904, Forest Park served as the main fairgrounds for the World’s Fair. Today, the 1,300-acre park remains one of St. Louis’ premiere attractions and visitor destinations not only for its World’s Fair heritage, but for the treasure trove of free attraction within it. Forest Park was recently named the best City Park in America.
9:30am: Saint Louis Zoo
The Saint Louis Zoo is a world-renowned leader in animal conservation projects and has embarked upon an innovative captive breeding strategy to ensure the survival of many of the world’s most endangered species including cheetahs, black rhinoceros, okapis and more than 80 other breeds. In 2017, the St. Louis Zoo was voted Reader’s Choice by USA Today as the “Best Free Attraction” in the US. and is noted for its naturalistic animal habitats.
11:30am: Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum houses masterpieces and ancient artifacts from around the world and its collection of modern art includes many outstanding examples of German Expressionist art. Other major works on display are by Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, Picasso, van Gogh and Monet and African and Oceanic arts collections. See galleries filled with works by the French Impressionists and rooms featuring decorative arts and antiques. Enjoy lunch at Panorama, named after its sweeping views of Forest Park through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Art Hill.
1:30pm: Missouri History Museum
The magnitude and pageantry of the World’s Fair sometimes overshadowed the event it was staged to commemorate – the centennial of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase and the consequent exploration of the new territory by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. At the Missouri History Museum, also located within Forest Park, groups can see the original Louisiana Purchase Transfer Document that formalized the transfer of the Upper Louisiana Territory from Spain to France to the United States on March 9 and 10, 1804 in St. Louis. A map of the Louisiana Purchase territory that traces Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery route is etched in the stone walkway at the museum’s north entry. Galleries within the museum also include artifacts from the Lewis & Clark journey and the rest of Clark’s life in St. Louis.
2:30pm: The City Museum
The City Museum has taken the term "recycling" to dizzying new heights. Housed in the 600,000 square-foot building that was once home to the International Shoe Company, the museum is the brainchild of local artists who created the museum from all sorts of "found stuff." They didn’t have to go far to find materials for the facility, as the curious curators reclaimed a variety of building materials such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even a couple of abandoned airplanes. There are 4,000 square-feet of man-made caves and tunnels, an enchanted forest with sky tunnels, an aquarium, a working shoelace factory, daily circus performances and much more.
5pm: Walk down the Delmar Loop
Make a night of it at the Delmar Loop, named one of the “10 Great Streets in the US” by the American Planning Association. This six-block entertainment and shopping district is packed with hip bars, eclectic restaurants, live music venues, vintage clothing boutiques and a Hollywood-inspired walk of fame featuring St. Louis celebrities. Catch a show at the historic Tivoli Theatre or learn about our solar system along the outdoor Planet Walk exhibit. Shop for quirky gifts or souvenirs and grab a bite to eat at one of the dozens of restaurants and outdoor cafés, from Turkish and Thai delights to Mexican and American classics.
9pm: Ted Drewes
Get your "licks" on Route 66 at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. This landmark custard stand is an icon along the original Route 66 and a St. Louis institution. Be sure to try the "concrete," a milkshake so thick you can turn it upside down without spilling a delicious drop. Ted Drewes has been serving up ice cream treats to Route 66 travelers since the 1920s. Ted Drewes was even named the "World’s Best Ice Cream Shop" in SoolNua’s Annual World Ice Cream Index Challenge!
Our helpful team will assist you from the hotel lobby with your luggage back to the airport as we say farewell, until next time!
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