One of my stops on the “Kate sees the world” tour was St. Louis Missouri. I have always been intrigued by the American Midwest, and wanted the chance to stroll the streets, explore the city and of course find out what was the story with that arch.
The St. Louis Arch
Pictures don’t do the arch any justice, as it always came across to me as some sort of half baked homage to McDonalds. But up close, it is magnificent, and almost glows gold if you go at sunset. I braved the 630 foot ride to the top to get my birds eye view of the city and beyond, and it was exhilarating. If you are going to St. Louis, make sure this is a part of your trip.
Another much talked about St. Louis attraction is their city zoo, and for good reason. Every city has one, but this city’s is magnificent. There is a stingray pool where you can stick your hand inside, a coast full of penguins and puffins, and an expansive area devoted just to big cats. I spent an entire day here chilling out with elephants and eating cotton candy.
St. Louis Sports
Of course the Cardinals are a big name in St. Louis sports as is there Rams football team. But what surprised me when I visited parks was the number of young people who were playing archery. I later found out that archery is very popular in the Midwest. I decided to take a try and went to a local range where they were happy to rent me a recurve bow and arrows for beginners to try it out for myself. Since seeing Hunger Games, I have been dying to try anyway. Surprisingly, it was easier to shoot the recurve bow than I thought, and managed to impress the everyone around me. I’ve been eying a nice Martin that I saw online, so I might actually get into this when I get home…
St. Louis is known for its breweries, and not taking a tour of at least one seemed almost sinful. I stopped by Anheuser-Busch Brewery to see the Clydesdales and have a taste of fresh brewed beer. This was something I had dreamed of doing since watching Laverne and Shirley re-runs on TV. There are also dozens of microbreweries around the city where you can go and get a taste of something new.
Eating in St. Louis
When it comes to grabbing lunch or dinner, you absolutely have to head to the hill. This spot in the city is famous for its array of restaurants featuring unique Italian dishes. Try pizza, pastas and some kind of butter cake that was the absolute best dessert I have ever had in my life.
Every city I have traveled to has given me a chance to try new and exciting things, and St. Louis was no exception. This treasure of the Midwest impressed me with its warm hospitality, thrilling experiences and diversity that shone through everywhere I turned.