Located less than a mile from the iconic Gateway Arch and adjacent to Edward Jones Dome—home of the St. Louis Rams—the Ramada Plaza Hotel St. Louis is about as centrally located as it gets. Stay here and you’ll have the city's best attractions within easy reach, whether you plan to ride to the top of the Arch, peruse the exhibits at the City Museum, or catch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.
After a day exploring downtown, you can return to the comforts of a spacious guest room decorated in soothing earth tones. The hotel’s 295 rooms surround an inner courtyard, where you’ll find the indoor heated pool. You can keep up your workout routine at the onsite fitness center, or grab some grub at the onsite 9th Street Restaurant and Lounge, which serves American cuisine three times a day. Come morning, dig into the restaurant’s hearty breakfast buffet, which is included with this Getaway.
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 the reigning World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. Make sure you get to the Arch before 10 a.m., when lines start to get long—tickets sometimes sell out in the afternoon.
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 in several different habitats with names such as Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. To the north, you can take to the waters of Post-Dispatch Lake aboard a pedal-powered boat.