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If you aren’t charmed by St. Louis , you haven’t visited the spots below. This is a purely subjective list of the most beautiful/scenic/charming places in town (and some a little out of town). Please add on as you see fit.
The Arch – There are a million photographs to enjoy, but nothing compares with standing beside it.
Missouri Botanical Garden – Favorite spots include the reflecting pools outside the Climatron and the pond and waterfall in the Japanese Garden . Third place depends on what flowers are in bloom.
Eads Bridge – Open to pedestrians, it provides a great view of Downtown. The bridge itself is something to behold – the first to cross the Mississippi . You’ll find a lot of locals have drawings/photos of the bridge in their homes.
Forest Park - The great debate is whether the best view is from the Art Museum or of the Art Museum (from across the pond). Or maybe the panoramic view from the World's Fair Pavilion trumps them all.
Laclede’s Landing – It’s not the entertainment hub it used to be and a lot of old buildings are now gone, but the cobblestone streets and especially the view of the arch from Clamorgan Alley make it a worthwhile stop.
Tower Grove Park – This park has really been spruced up the last 10 years or so. Visit the garden/ponds near the Palm House Cathedral
Cathedral Basilica St. Louis – You will be in awe of the mosaics that reportedly took 80 years to complete. Tours are provided.
Fox Theatre - Built in the 1920's, this highly ornate theater was restored to its former glory back in the 1980's. Tours are provided.
Main Street St. Charles – Maybe the most charming place in the area, with cobblestone streets and lots of historical buildings.
Grant's Farm - the Barnhof at Grant's Farm was built in 1913 and is designed to be reminiscient of a Bavarian beer garden. Folks who have been to the old country will tell you they got it down pretty good. It's a great place to sit and enjoy a free beer courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.
Kimmswick or Augusta – two charming small towns, the first along the river and the second in Daniel Boone country south of St. Charles . Both are great for a quiet getaway and to visit a few shops. Augusta is renowned for its wineries.
Homes beside the parks: Forest Park (Lindell) Carondolet Park ( Holly Hills ) and LaFayette Park (all sides) Back in the day, the primary spot to place your mansion was alongside a major park. Take a drive along any of these parks and see if you’re not tempted to stop and gawk.
Crown Candy Kitchen – An authentic candy store and ice cream parlor that goes to great pains not to evolve.