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“An American icon does not disappoint”

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park
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“An American icon does not disappoint”
Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

The museum underneath the Arch is free, informative and fabulous. You have to take a rise to the top of the Arch! The park around the Arch is GORGEOUS and offers views of the old Courthouse, the Mississippi River and downtown St. Louis. I just took a 2 mile jog on the park and it compares favorably to Central Park and Chicago River front. Go see this American treasure and enjoy the city with the biggest heart in the Midwest.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“The Arch ....”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

The amazing Gateway Arch is a must see while in St. Louis. The park itself features riverboat excursions, the most affordbale carriage rides in the country, bike rentals and is just a stone's throw from the Old Courthouse (another MUST!), Laclede's Landing and the Old Cathedral (MUST!)

Visited September 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“finally got to see the Arch!”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We went on a rainy day. There was a lot to see inside the museum, including little vignettes of historical items & animals.
Was happy they had a model of the car you ride in to get to the top. We sat in it before we purchased tix, & decided it was too claustrophobic. Would have not been happy if we had bought tickets first & then found out. The grounds outside were beautiful, with nice landscaped areas & a pond.

Visited September 2013
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Suffern, New York
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“So much to see; so much to learn!”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

The museum is a bit overwhelming at first, because there's so much to read, but the guide explained how it works, with regards to the timeline. Years hang from the ceiling, but along one whole wall of the museum, is a thorough timeline of the history of westward expansion and things that took place during the years of exploration and beyond. There's also a very interesting section on Thomas Jefferson and his thoughts on slavery (We were taken aback to learn that even though he opposed slavery, he, himself, owned 600 slaves, during the course of his lifetime.). Only one mechanical exhibit was open--a talking Native American; I wish that he would have said more. It looks like there will be other talking Native Americans, as they are located in the Native American exhibit. Along the perimeter of museum are depictions, in words and magnificent photos, from Lewis and Clarke's famous Expedition; this was a nice follow up to the movie. The front of the museum is a tribute to the men and women who are responsible for the builidng of the Gateway Arch. This was a nice follow up--or prelude--to the movie about the Arch construction.

All this for free!

Visited August 2013
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Frederick
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“Home of the Gateway Arch”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

This is a long name which means where the Gateway Arch is. The land was designated as a National Park long ago and so is free of development which makes for acres of quiet, pleasant, shady grassy areas with trees and a river view leading up to the legs of the great Arch. You can walk right up to it and touch it if you want to. It is quite impressive to stand next to and is 630 feet tall at its top, which visitors can buy tickets and be taken up to in small pod elevators that hold 5 people. They travel up the curves of the arch and meet near the top which has small viewing windows in it like the Washington Monument. You get some spectacular views from this angle. A few minutes up here was enough for me but I got some good shots from there and outside.

Visited September 2013
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