Downtown Ramada Hotel near Gateway Arch
Located about a mile from the iconic Gateway Arch and just a few blocks from Busch Stadium—home of the St. Louis Cardinals—the Ramada Plaza Hotel St. Louis is about as centrally located as it gets. In fact, many of the city's best attractions are within easy reach, whether you plan to ride to the top of the arch or take the kids to explore the City Museum, a surrealist indoor playground.
After a day in the city, you‘ll return to one of the spacious guest rooms, which surround an inner courtyard with an indoor heated pool. You can check your email with the hotel's complimentary WiFi, keep up your workout routine at the onsite fitness center, or grab some grub at the onsite 9th Street Restaurant & Lounge, which serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
St. 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 St. 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, St. 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.