Visiting the infamous Gateway Arch had been on my travel list for quite some time.
The tall and grand structure is such a staple to the amazing city of St. Louis.
Not only is the design beautiful and sleek, but the fact that you can take an elevator to the top, made this already extraordinary landmark even more uniquely remarkable.
When I first saw a picture of the arch I could not even imagine it would be possible to access the top.
With its unusual structure and shape it seemed like an impossible task.
However, a one of a kind elevator ascending to the observatory composed of small pod like spaces attached to each like a train, made it possible.
Truly an ingenious idea in order to ascend while at an angle.
Talk about a unique ride that looked more like a futuristic time machine than elevator!
At the top you climb a few stairs and then you find yourself enjoying unobstructed views of the city from both sides of the arch.
Suggestions for visiting the St. Louis Gateway Arch:
-The biggest obstacle we encountered was a massive construction and remodeling in the area surrounding the arch. This made it difficult to find parking and work our way across different paths to the base of the arch. Hopefully upon completion they will have built a clear parking structure and make walking the paths more pedestrian friendly.
-Enter the arch through the base. There you will find the ticket counter were you can purchase tickets to the top observatory or to a documentary film showing the arch’s construction process.
-As the capsules that transport you up the arch to the observatory deck can feel crammed with 5 adults, they are not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Also be aware that the observatory is narrow, thin and very high, which can also cause people anxiety. It was not a problem for us, but I can see how it may be an issue for some.
-Once at the top, be sure to look out the small windows for great views from both sides of the arch.
-After we visited the arch, we walked along the river for a scenic and relaxing stroll.
-If you want to take a photo of the arch in its entirety, you will need to step far away. We found the best view to be directly in front and across from the capital building.
In the end we all had a great time exploring this one of a kind Missouri landmark and were all fascinated by the construction of the Gateway Arch both inside and out!
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