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St. Louis Arch

The arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen and German American engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947 to honor Thomas Jeffersonís expansion towards the west. The construction of the arch began in February of 1963 and the last section was placed on top in October of 1965. It weighs 17,246 tons and cost $13 million dollars to build. Take a 630- foot ride to the top of our nation's tallest monument for the finest view in the Gateway City. Also, take a tour by SUV starting at this masterpiece arch and stop by the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to get a glimpse of where Lewis and Clark set out on their historic expedition! To reserve your tour now call 888-321-3632 or click here to visit their website.

St. Louis Zoo

Get up close and personal with the furry, the flying, and the fishy creatures of the Saint Louis Zoo. One of the city's many free attractions, yes free general admission. The St. Louis zoo has been recognized as one of the nation's leading zoological parks. Take a ride on the Emerson Zoo line Railroad and get your guided tour of some of the most exciting animalsí exhibits in the park. With attractions, like Big Cat Country, Penguin & Puffin Coast or the Interactive Stingray Pool. Kids will enjoy the children's petting zoo, and dining and souvenirs are available at one of the many boutiques and restaurants located around the park. Donít forget to check out the newest edition to the St. Louis Zoo, the Sea Lion Sound just opened in 2012. For the fist time in North America, visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel with sea lions swimming around them. Click here to check out the St. Louis Zoo website to view more.

Take a Thrill Ride

Visit this exciting Midwest theme park that's fun for the whole family St. Louis Six Flags! Visitors can loop the loop on Batman the Ride, soar at speeds up to 62 mph on the screaming eagle wooden coaster and get soaked on the whitewater rapids adventure of Thunder River. Guests of Six Flags St. Louis can also see live shows and concerts, meet their favorite cartoon characters and have tons of fun in the sun at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. There are plenty of hotel amenities just minutes from the park, and visitors can take advantage of group discounts for youth groups, company outings, family reunions and much more. Click here to visit the Six Flags website to learn more.

Spend a Night Out on the Town

Looking for a fun night out? Head downtown to Washington Avenue or Lalede's Landing and take your pick of some of the hottest bars and dance clubs in St. Louis. Visitors can also go for dinner, drinks, and a show at Westport Plaza's 42- acre entertainment district, or check out the trendiest boutiques and upscale dining establishments in Clayton and the Central West End. If live music is your thing, Soulard boasts some the best values in town.

Forest Park

Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States where nature freaks can indulge. It attracts 12 million visitors a year with world class attractions and scenic walking and biking trails along with bird watching and fishing. Golfers can enjoy 36 holes at one of the finest public courses in the country. Other points of interest include the Jewel Box, a beautiful greenhouse filled with magnificent floral displays and the World's Fair Pavilion, a perfect site for a company picnic or private party. Boating in the park has been a St. Louis tradition since 1876. Take a peaceful journey on Post- Dispatch Lake where you are likely to encounter colonies of ducks, geese, schools of fish and turtles. To contact the boathouse for further information please call (314) 367-2224.

Experience Art in the Fresh Air

Enjoy a fusion of sculpture and landscape architecture at Citygarden, an urban oasis featuring works of modern and contemporary art, native plants, six rains gardens and a cafe overlooking the beautiful scene. Or discover the stunning Laumeier Sculpture Park with over 70 outdoor sculptures, a music amphitheater for special events and a traveling series of exhibitions. Chesterfield boasts an impressive collection of outdoor art including the recently added sculpture "The Awakening" a 70-foot statue of a giant embedded in the earth.

Taste the Tradition of St. Louis Breweries

Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Bush Brewery where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands. For more local flavor, stop by the Schlafly Bottleworks for a free brewery tour and to try a few of the 50 different styles of beer. Enjoy live music and dining at both the Bottleworks and the Schlafly Tap Room. For the taste for something new, stop by one of the St.Louis' many microbreweries such as the Square One Brewery & Distillery, which opened in 2006 as the first micro distillery restaurant in Missouri. Click here to view the Budweiser Tours website.