Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn St. Louis–South County Center
Just 20 minutes from downtown Saint Louis and its iconic Gateway Arch, the Holiday Inn St. Louis–South County Center enjoys a relatively quiet setting in a mostly residential area. With free shuttle service available to take guests to nearby shopping malls and restaurants, the hotel is a nice home base for exploring Saint Louis's main attractions. Spacious guest rooms come with high-definition flat-screen TVs and large executive desks.
- Play ball: Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, is just a 20-minute drive away.
- The Hub: Drink cocktails and watch big-screen TVs at this hotel bar and eatery.
- Rollin' on the river: Ride a replicated 19th-century riverboat down the Mississippi to see the arch and the city's oldest bridge.
- Historic riverfront spot: Laclede's Landing, a former trading post lined with cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafés, and brewpubs
- Celebrity sightings: See Budweiser’s clydesdale horses at the historical Grant’s Farm, once tended to by President Ulysses S. Grant.
- All-ages playground: Climb up a former beer-cooling tube, see a 7-foot-tall pair of underwear, and zoom down a 10-story slide at City Museum.
- Shop till you drop: Just across the street from the hotel, South County Center has more than 100 stores, including Macy's and Dillard’s.
Saint Louis, Missouri: Urban Park Space and Brewery Tours in the Gateway City
The first thing you notice about the Gateway Arch is its height: at 630 feet, it's the tallest manmade monument in the United States, and it dwarfs the other buildings of the Saint Louis skyline. Less obvious is the fact that the Arch is exactly as tall as it is wide, stretching out along the banks of the Mississippi River. You can take a ride to the summit for a bird's-eye view of the city's skyline and riverboats riding the Mississippi. Make sure you get to the arch before 10 a.m.; after that, the lines start to get long, and tickets sometimes sell out in the afternoon.
Forest Park’s more than 1,200 acres of green space are also worth a visit. Contained in this space is the Saint Louis Zoo, which corrals hundreds of species in several different habitats; it's frequently cited as one of the best zoos in the country, and entrance is free. At high noon, sunbeams create a natural light show on the geometric façade of the Jewel Box, a 1936 art-deco greenhouse in the southeast quadrant of the park. To the north, there's the Boathouse, where you can rent a pedal-powered boat to explore Post-Dispatch Lake.
Though it was originally a hub for railroads and the fur trade, Saint Louis eventually became known for being the headquarters of brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which began producing there in 1852. On a tour through the red-brick brewery, you can sample beers and visit the stables where the company keeps its iconic clydesdale horses.
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