Chic Downtown Hotel with 28th-Floor Revolving Restaurant
The views from the 28th floor of Millennium Hotel St. Louis are panoramic in the truest sense. The downtown hotel is home to the revolving Top of the Riverfront restaurant. From the eatery's floor-to-ceiling windows, you can look out on the entire city—including the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and, of course, the Mississippi River—while sampling inventive contemporary fare such as cinnamon-rubbed New Zealand lamb chops and eggplant Napoleon.
Impressive views aren’t confined to Top of the Riverfront. Huge picture windows grace both the chic lobby, which is outfitted with plush suede couches and strawberry-red leather chairs, and Martini’s Lounge, site of a weekday happy hour. Upstairs in the north tower, charming standard rooms overlook the Arch and the river. After soaking up the city skyline, you can cannonball into the property’s outdoor pool or build a Busch Stadium replica out of free weights in the fitness center.
St. Louis: Green Gateway City
One of the most memorable landmarks set along the Mississippi River is St. Louis's iconic Gateway Arch, which, at 630 feet, stands more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. You can take a ride to the summit for a bird's-eye view of the city's skyline, Mississippi riverboats, and Busch Stadium, home of reigning World Series champs the St. Louis Cardinals. Make sure you get in line at the Arch before 10 a.m., when lines start to get long—they sometimes sell out in the afternoon.
About five miles west of the hotel, golfers, bikers, and joggers romp through the more than 1,200 verdant acres of Forest Park, an enormous swath of urban greenery lined with 5.5 miles of trails. 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. Along Wells Drive, the renowned Saint Louis Zoo corrals hundreds of species of animals in several different habitats with names like Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. To the north, the park's boathouse allows visitors to take to the waters of Post-Dispatch Lake aboard pedal-powered boats.