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“A great site to see.....but get here EARLY to avoid the crowds”
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 263 things to do in Saint Louis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Westward Expansion closed, pending installation of all new museum exhibits. As of March 2, 2015, entry-only ticket or tram ticket required to enter Arch. The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of the United States. A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Arch's base and playing professional photographer, but the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch include the Journey to the Top (the last tram leaves one hour before closing); educational programs (will be housed at the Old Courthouse); award-winning documentary movie, Monument to the Dream; and a gift shop. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Note: the address shown is for the Old Courthouse which is acting as the Gateway Arch Ticketing and Visitor Center throughout construction. Pedestrian entrance to the Arch Grounds is at Walnut Street at Memorial Drive or via the Grand Staircase from the riverfront.
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Monee, Illinois
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“A great site to see.....but get here EARLY to avoid the crowds”
Reviewed 1 April 2008

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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Marengo, Illinois
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“Try it once”
Reviewed 28 March 2008

Here are my tips: Go early or buy tickets online if you know when you'd like to go. The trams go up every 10 minutes, but when you buy your tickets, the next "available" tram might be in an hour. It's not as simple as show up and go.

First, security check, get in line for tickets and decide which package you want. Some include a movie (you can also just buy tram tickets by themselves). Then they'll tell you what time you what time your tram is leaving - 5 people max.

It's not scary, just tight, it'll take 4 minutes to get to the top and then it is a little congested because everyone is getting off at the same time. If you're scared though, there was no problem leaving within minutes of your arrival. It was cool at the top, you kind of lay on this angled counter and look straight down!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Worst”
Reviewed 29 December 2007

Not for claustrophobic people! I threw up nearly 5 times!

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Windsor, Canada
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“You have try to it at least once”
Reviewed 17 October 2007

Remember when people say get to it early, well they are talking about if your there in the summer when the crowds are everywhere. I got there early on a Wednesday morning in October...haha, Yes, 10 of us where waiting for it to open. Very odd how the elevator works as you sit in a little white room for 5 people, I decided 3 people would fit nicely. It feels like you are climbing stairs while sitting, makes you laugh. At the top it's great you could see for miles and miles. The Arch doesn't feel like it's moving which is good. Only stayed up there about 15 mintues thats all you really need to see everything. One time is plenty to say you've been up.

By mid afternoon after walking back from the Union Station there may have only been about 30 people around the Arch. You could go later in the afternoon in different times of the year.

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“I Can See For Miles & Miles”
Reviewed 30 September 2007

On I clear day it's said that you can see a full 25 mile around the whole of St. Louis. The arch as windows right at the top of it's building, The view is just amazing, this place has to be one of the top attractions in the whole of America.

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