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—as you dine on eclectic cuisine such as cinnamon-rubbed New Zealand lamb chops and eggplant napoleon. Impressive views aren’t limited to the restaurant area. You can peer through huge picture windows in the chic lobby, which is outfitted with plush suede couches and strawberry-red leather chairs, as well as in Martini’s Lounge, which hosts a weekday happy hour. Upstairs in the north tower are the charming superior rooms. After soaking up the city skyline in the restaurant and lobby, 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, Missouri: Gateway City with Massive Urban Park and an Excellent (and Free) Zoo
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 champion St. Louis Cardinals. Make sure you get in line at the Arch before 10 a.m., when lines start to get long—tickets to the top sometimes sell out in the afternoon. About 5 miles west of the hotel, 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—which is free to enter—corrals hundreds of species of animals in several different habitats, including Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country.
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