Family Vacations in Missouri

Family Vacations in Missouri: The Gateway Arch

The tallest monument in the nation, the Gateway Arch commands an amazing view.

The soaring Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the tallest monument in the nation. This graceful 630-foot-high stainless-steel arch commemorates the city and the thousands of pioneers who stopped here to rest and replenish their provisions before continuing west. Visitors can take a tram up either side of the Arch to an observation room for views of the city, the Mississippi River, and the vast plains stretching out into the distance.

The Museum of Westward Expansion is located at the base of the monument and features exhibits on the exploration of the West and noteworthy people who formed its history, including Lewis and Clark, the Plains Indians, and the Buffalo Soldiers. Two theaters beneath the Arch show movies daily, including an informative documentary on the history and construction of the Arch. Viewing the film before journeying to the top of the Arch helps visitors appreciate the work that went into this monument.

The Gateway Arch Information

Address: 11 N. 4th St., St. Louis, MO

Phone: 877/982-1410

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily

Admission: $10 adults; $3 kids

Click over to the next page for information about the wild world of the St. Louis Zoo.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Missouri State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Missouri, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.