St. Louis, Missouri
I had never been to this part of the United States before & honestly, it was a wonderful day trip!
We had a lot of lovely little time doing the tourist things this city has to offer & a lot of them are free! Here’s what we did:
The Gateway Arch
Along came a fact: The Gateway Arch, or “Gateway to the West,” was built along the Mississippi River on the St. Louis side of the river, which is known to be “the oldest European city in the Midwest.” Construction of the Arch was completed in 1965 for $13 million and reigns in many visitors each year.
We rode the tram up to the top, which was honestly terrifying. If you’re even a little scared of heights, do not ride up to the top!
St. Louis Zoo
So, there is a free zoo in St. Louis. Absolutely free. I’ve literally never heard such a thing. Unlucky for us, we got there 15 minutes before close so we didn’t get to see any animals at all, but it’s free! & I’m sure there are great seasonal events here.
Anheuser-Busch got it’s start in 1852 in St. Louis, Missouri. The company now owns Leffe, Hoegaarden, Busch, Budweiser, Landshark, Michelob, Natural Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois and Beck’s. Luckily, the original brewery offers free tours! It was very fun and you receive two free beers on your free tour. Again, who doesn’t love free things?
There’s an area near the arch with a miles worth of murals. Apparently, there’s a three day event called “Paint Louis” where artists from all over are invited to decorate the wall any way they want. It’s located near the arch, too so it’s easy to enjoy!
All in all, St. Louis was a great day trip and you can definitely find plenty of things to do for free which is awesome! Sorry I can’t contribute more about the local food scene–we were only in the area from lunch until dinner! Thanks for reading and happy traveling xoxo