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St. Louis is on the other side of the Mississippi River from East St. Louis, Illinois, in the middle of the country, and is the "gateway" to the west. The famous steel arch designed by architect Eero Saarinen, seen in many photographs of St. Louis, gleams and stands over 600 feet at the river's edge as a symbolic portal to the newer half of the country, and as a tribute to American civilization's determined expansion westward. A tram ride to the top of the arch affords a breathtaking view of the entire city and the American West beyond it. In the park where the arch stands is the Museum of Westward Expansion which contains priceless pieces of American history in the form of teepees, peace medals, war bonnets of the Sioux Indians, and exhibits that track the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Both the arch and the Museum are part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which also includes the Old Courthouse of St. Louis, where the initial Dred Scott trials were held.

Because of its historic role as the beginning of the West, St. Louis has attracted residents from the same pool of immigrants that comprises America. The earliest settlers were largely German and Irish, and the typical American beef and ballpark cuisine characteristic of St. Louis reflects these origins, though the city has grown rapidly over the decades and now provides outstanding examples of most ethnic menus. In 1904, St. Louis hosted both the World's Fair (subtitled the Louisiana Puchase Exposition, that year) and the Olympic Games, drawing more than 20 million people over that summer and inspiring the song, "Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie." St. Louis now consists of 79 distinct neighborhoods, half of which are historic and loaded with plaques and monuments commemorating well known events in American history. The Bank of America and Anheuser-Busch Brewery are the largest corporations in St. Louis, and many Fortune 500 companies also make their home here. Whether it is the easy and friendly weather which provides a sample of every kind of climate in the country during the course of a year, or the population comprised of every ethnic group who has made America their home, or the cuisine they brought with them, St. Louis feels quintessentially American and is at the heart of American culture.


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· Downtown St. Louis · St. Louis Airport
Lodging in the downtown area located near Union Station and Busch Stadium. Also here is the Gateway Arch, an array of museums and riverboat gambling. Lodging options located in the area of the Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL) including the towns of St. Ann, St. John and Hazelwood.
· Maryland Heights · St. Louis
Lodging in the Maryland Heights area close to the West Port Plaza, a 42-acre entertainment complex and just minutes from the Riverport Casino Center. Lodging options located in the St. Louis area including Richmond Heights, Fenton and an area near the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.
· Greater St. Louis · St. Louis East
Lodging located in the Greater St. Louis area including the cities of Chesterfirld, Fairview Height, Eureka, Festus, Mehlville and St. Charles. Lodging options located in the suburb communities in the State of Illinois.

Area Facts: The tram system, which takes visitors to the top of the Gateway Arch, was designed in 1961 in a period of just 2 weeks and earned the designer a contract fee of $40,000. The construction was supposed to take 2-years but turned into a 6-year project. The area code for St. Louis is 314.

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