While I was in St Louis this past weekend I visited the Gateway Arch. I've been here several times before but never reviewed it. The Arch is part of the national park system. It doesn't cost anything to go down below into the Arch. Things have changed since 9/11. Now before entering, everyone has to pass thru a metal detector. The lines can get long just waiting to pass thru them. Once your in you can visit the free museum called The Westward Expansion which is layed out real well. Tons of information about Lewis and Clark and the west. There's also a gift shop and a small specialty store that sells food items like popcorn, gourmet candy,cookbooks,etc. There's two different movies that play in the museum too. Both cost admission but can be included in the price to go to the top of the Arch. The first is titled "The Journey West" and is an awesome movie and well made, about 45 minutes long. The other is about building the Arch and is just as good. The tram and movie together is $14.00 for adults and varies for kids. Getting to the top requires sitting with four other people in a very small capsule. Once to the top the view is fantastic. You can stay up top as long as you'd like but it can get crowded since it's not very big up there.
It can get very crowded, especially on weekends. If you know when you want to go you can order tickets online to avoid a long wait. The other option is to go when it opens at 8am to avoid the crowds. Also, tickets can sell out for the day which does happen often. Part of the park system is the old courthouse which is free and just west of the Arch. It's also a great site to visit. Hope this helps anyone deciding to visit the Gateway Arch.
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