St. Louis, MO Trip Prep

During the July 4th holidays, we’re planning on driving to St. Louis, Missouri and stop by Cincinnati, OH.

Detailed List:

  • It takes about 8 hours to drive to St. Louis, which means 16 hours total on the road. Also, we will stop at downtown Indianapolis, Indiana to take a walk along the 1.5 miles long Central Canal. Parking around the walk is ample and cheap or free. We can take a nice 30-minute break from sitting in the car.
  • Because of the time constraint, we’ll stay at a hotel in St. Louis and visit attractions close to the Gateway Arch.
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • iPad/PC/iPhone
  • First aids kit
  • Snacks
  • Clothes
  • Electric skillet
  • Airbed
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Safety: We’ll want to avoid passing through the area east of I-55 and south of the Arch grounds at night; the west side is safer.

Things to Do/Sights to See:

  • City garden Opens sunrise to 10 pm. Free. Walking distance to Gateway Arch.
  • City Museum, 0.8 mile from Gateway Arch, 7 minutes by car. Opens 9 am-midnight, costs $12/adult. Parking is free, but the food is pricey. The parking lot is located on the east side of N. 16th St. between Delmar Blvd and Lucas Ave.
  • General downtown area, including Busch Stadium
  • The Gateway Arch, and it’s underground museum, there will be spectacular firework celebrations at the arch.
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours & Gifts to learn this industry. It’s free. 2.6 miles distance, takes about 30 minutes by bus or 10 minutes by car.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, 4 miles from the Gateway Arch, 10 minutes by carParking is free. Opens 9 am – 5 pm. Adults, $8, children 12 and under, free. Cost $8 x 3 = $24.
  • Saint Louis Science Center, 9 miles from Gateway Arch, takes about 13 minutes by car, no general admission charge. Opens from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. There is a large parking lot behind the main building at 5050 Oakland Avenue. It is $10 per vehicle to park. There is also a smaller lot located outside of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park, and that is free.
  • Saint Louis University, 10 minutes driving distance from the Gateway Arch.
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis, 14 minutes driving distance from Gateway Arch.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, a top-ranked private college, on the same level as U Penn, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Chicago, Northwest University, John Hopkins University, Duke, Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore, Pomona,  and Wellesley. It takes 16 minutes by car or 36 minutes by bus to get there from the Gateway Arch.

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