To many people, St. Louis is the majestic, 630-foot Arch—the Gateway to the West. Every visitor should take the unique four-minute tram to the top for the 30-mile panoramic view. Next, check out the underground Museum of Westward Expansion or watch Monument to the Dream, an awesome documentary detailing construction of the Arch. Don't leave without standing under the Arch and looking up. You won't forget the power of that view.
The Arch is just the beginning of the fun, relaxing, educational, or wild-and-wacky things to do in St. Louis — many of them free. We've listed a few below and will add more later on the conference website. On Friday, October 19, workshops end at 3:30 pm to allow time for sightseeing, so consider what you'll do that afternoon. Or figure out how you can add a few days to your trip and do it all.
Gateway Arch, Museum of Westward Expansion, Old Courthouse, and Citygarden are just a few venues close enough to visit in one outing. Admission to the Arch and Museum is free; tram ride is $12 (discount with National Parks Pass). In October, the last ride to the top of the Arch leaves at 4:50 pm and the museum closes at 6:00 pm. Purchase tickets online in advance. Dred Scott filed for freedom from slavery at the Old Courthouse. Open daily, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, with free admission. Citygarden is a free sculpture park that's too fun to miss!
This 79-acre oasis is one of the top botanical gardens and research institutions in the world and a magnet for St. Louisans as well as tourists. Philanthropist Henry Shaw founded it in 1859 and gave it to the city. Be sure to stroll around the 14-acre Japanese Garden, Seiwa-en —a "garden of pure, clear harmony and peace." Open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission $8.
Located just two blocks from the hotel, this library has vast genealogical resources. (Free) See the Conference Workshop 4F for tour information.
Intriguing permanent and changing exhibits related to regional history. Read Mission Statement online. Open daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Tuesdays till 8:00 pm. (Free) Library and Research Center: open noon - 5:00 pm Tues-Fri, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat. Contact in advance regarding research.
Military Personnel Records is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. Open weekdays 7:30 am - 3:45 pm. Schedule visits in advance.