Named after the ninth king of France, the city of St Louis is the largest metropolis in Missouri. An attractive, well-planned city of open parkland, historic architecture and broad avenues, St Louis is perhaps best known as the Gateway to the West and offers visitors myriad cultural experiences, from high art exhibitions to Renaissance Faires.
The biggest attraction in St Louis – literally – is the Gateway Arch, a 630-meter tall monument that dominates the St Louis skyline. The tallest national monument in the US, the Gateway Arch features an interior tram that brings passengers to the apex of the arch for breathtaking views across the city.
St Louis' 250-year history is evident in its architecture. The Soulard Market District dates back to the late 18th century and offers a rich tapestry of European cultures thanks to an influx of immigrants in the 1800s. The Victorian-era St Louis Union Station is also a popular tourist attraction housing an upscale hotel, shops and an entertainment complex. The city also has plenty examples of modern architecture, including the bunker-like Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Wainwright Building, one of the world's first 'skyscrapers'.
For entertainment, St Louis offers something for every visitor. The cosmopolitan neighborhood of the West End is where to head for chic boutiques, hip restaurants and trendy bars. The Fabulous Fox Theater offers popular stage shows in opulent surrounds and the Hill offers unbeatable Italian cuisine. St Louis also has a long-standing reputation as a jazz and blues city, although all forms of music are fostered and live concerts and music festivals are held year-round.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Saint Louis, click on the interactive Saint Louis map on the left-hand side of the page.