Founded in 1764 by fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, St. Louis was named after Louis IX of France. During the 19th century, St. Louis emerged as a major port on the Mississippi River, and today it stands as the United States’ third-busiest inland port.
Music is a big deal in St. Louis. Not only does the city have major ties to blues, jazz, and ragtime, but it’s also home to the second-oldest and one of the most highly regarded symphony orchestras in the United States, the St. Louis Symphony.
Known as The Gateway to the West and with a monument known as the Gateway Arch to prove it, this city is just waiting to be explored. Read on to find out more about some of the top things to do. Book a room at one of the many great hotels, and meet me in St. Louis for an unforgettable trip.
Wander Around Missouri Botanical Garden
As a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a must during any visit to St. Louis. Founded in 1859, it is now a center for botanical research. Enjoy wandering through the many gardens, which cover over 79 acres.
Visit the City Museum
Found in the Washington Avenue Loft District, the award-winning City Museum opened in 1997. It displays repurposed architectural and industrial objects, and it’s now one of the most-visited attractions in St. Louis.
Marvel at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Also known as the Saint Louis Cathedral, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is located in the city’s Central West End area. This Roman Catholic cathedral draws people from all over the world. The cathedral is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., when you can visit to marvel at the beautiful architecture both inside and out.
Take a St. Louis Food Tour
You can’t visit this city without trying a St. Louis-style pizza, which has a thin crust and Provel cheese. If you want to learn more about local food, why not take a St. Louis Food Tour? With many available, you can visit the best authentic St. Louis restaurateurs in the city.
Catch a Game at Busch Stadium
Home of the St. Louis Cardinals, the city’s Major League Baseball team, Busch Stadium is the place to go if you want to catch a game. Opened on April 4, 2006, it has since seen a number of notable events. Even though The stadium can hold 45,529 people, be sure to book your ticket early to guarantee your seat.
With so many great things to do in St. Louis, there really is something for everyone. So I guess I’ll see you there?
“We will dance the hoochee-coochee
I will be your tootsie-wootsie
If you will meet in St. Louis!”
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