Get a Sky High View of St. Louis from the St. Louis Arch

Kimberly Ritter

Get a sky-high view of St. Louis from the St. Louis Arch. Here’s what you need to know when planning your family’s visit!

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Did you know that the tallest man-made monument in the United States isn’t in New York, Washington D.C. or Los Angeles, but right here in the Midwest? Known as the Gateway to the West, the St. Louis Arch stands at a massive 63 stories, which is 630 feet, 192 meters, or 7,560 inches tall. The Gateway Arch is taller than the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, and even the Space Needle in Seattle. From the base of one leg to the other, the Arch is as wide as it is tall! Each leg of the Arch is 54 feet wide at the base, tapering to 17 feet wide where they meet at the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 30 miles in either direction. View St. Louis and Missouri looking out the west windows and see the Mississippi River and Illinois to the east.

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Going to the top of the St. Louis Arch can take on average 45 minutes to an hour. It includes an interactive multimedia experience prior to boarding the tram. Once on the tram, it is a 4-minute ride to the top and a 3-minute ride back down. When you get to the top observation deck you may stay as long as you would like. When you are ready to head back down to the lobby, just board the next tram as they run every 10 minutes. I’ve been to the top of the arch both during the day and at night, and the views are amazing during both. If you haven’t seen it during both day and night time, I’d recommend going back!

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New this visit for our family was the Gateway Arch Museum. This interactive museum traces the history of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who helped make America possible. It showcases over 200 years of history within six different exhibit areas and showcases the westward expansion of the United States and the building of the Gateway Arch.

We love visiting the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and it definitely is something everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. The size and views are impressive and it’s a great way to learn about our history as well!

Also coming to St. Louis in late 2019 is the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. With over 120,000+ square feet of attractions, 44 exhibits, and 13,000 animals, it’s sure to make your family want to get aboard for a splashing good time! Construction is still underway, but the aquarium and other fun, family-friendly attractions expect to open later this year including a 200-foot Ferris wheel, mini-golf and more. I’ll be sharing more about the new St. Louis Aquarium soon. Stay tuned!

What to Know Before You Go
The Museum at the Gateway Arch is free, and a ticket is not required to enter the museum or Arch visitor center. Tickets for the tram ride to the top, riverboat cruises, and the acclaimed documentary Monument to the Dream are required and do need to be purchased separately. Pricing varies based on the date of your visit. can be purchased online at www.gateawayarch.com/buytickets. Tickets can and often do sell out for particular dates, so if you’re planning on going to the top, I would recommend purchasing tickets in advance. There are no restrooms or food services at the top of the arch, so be sure to plan accordingly, especially if you are traveling with little ones or someone who might need urgent access to restroom facilities. There is a $3 admission fee to the St. Louis National Park. This fee is included if you purchase tram tickets to the top of the arch.

Coupons for St. Louis Arch and St. Louis Arch National Park
Looking for coupons and discounts for the St. Louis Arch? There are a couple of ways to save!  On Fee Free Days, periodically throughout the year, the $3.00 entrance fee to the park may be waived. You can also save this $3 admission fee if you have an America the Beautiful -The National Park Service and Federal Recreation Lands Pass. Find out more about this pass here (and learn other ways you can visit the National parks for free here.)  You can also find $2 off a child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket to the Arch here.

Covid-19 Precautions at the St. Louis Arch

The St. Louis Arch is taking special precautions during the pandemic to keep visitors safe. All guests ages 2 and older are required to wear face coverings. Attendance and time spent at the attraction may also have limits to allow for social distancing. Visit their website for more details.

How to Get to the St. Louis Arch
Passenger drop-off/pick-up available on 4th Street across from the Old Courthouse, between Market & Chestnut. Accessible metered parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Memorial Drive between Walnut & Market Streets and Chestnut & Pine Streets. Get directions to the St. Louis Arch here.

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