When Laurie found out I was visiting Indianapolis, she called me and said “wanna road trip down to St. Louis for a few days”? Answer: Yes.
EJ let us borrow her car (Thank you so much!!!) and we drove four hours out to St. Louis. It was so cool to see the Arch in the skyline greeting us as we arrived! It’s been on my bucketlist to visit here for a long time!
We got in around 5p on Sunday night and after we checked into our hotel, The Hyatt Regency. We couldn’t have asked for a better location. We could see the arch from our room, it was literally right across the street.
We dropped off our stuff and headed straight for the Arch!
The Arch was opened in 1967 and stands 630 feet tall, making it the world’s tallest arch. It’s also America’s largest man-made monument. It symbolizes America’s Westward Expansion and the Louisiana Purchase (which effectively doubled the size of the United States).
Laurie and I were furiously reading information on our phones the entire time we were in St. Louis. We had forgotten what the Louisiana Purchase even was… and one click led to the next and soon we were excitedly reading about Lewis and Clark, the Civil War and the Oregon Trail. haha Two geeks on vacation. That’s what you get!
It’s amazing how much history you forget until you visit the places in the text books. Suddenly it all clicks and makes sense… and it actually becomes exciting. Living History. I’m a fan.
A couple days later, we visited that old courthouse in the picture behind us here… but I’ll get to that later! More history!
We bought advanced tickets to go up inside the arch the next day. We got the first tram up and avoided the lines. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the little tram cars are like ferris wheel cars.
It was fun to see the Mississippi river from up there…
…and the beautiful city below it.
We wanted to go to a baseball game, but they were out of town when we were there =(