630 feet high

That’s how high the Saint Louis Gateway Arch stands.

It doesn’t appear that large in the distance. We visited Eero Sarrinen’s architectural marvel on our pre-Christmas, whirlwind trip to Saint Louis. (You can read about our other adventure here and here.) So I can tell you from experience, it is indeed quite tall. When you get right under it, you have to crane your neck to see the top.

It is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. (Which begs the question, what is a nonman-made monument, and how high does that stand?)

 My Uncle came with us, so we got a family photo. Those are far and few between. Aren’t we adorable, one-shoed child and all?

Inside, we found a variety of attractions including the Museum of Westward Expansion, movie theaters, and of course, the ride to the top.
We attempted the museum, but the baby kept trying to climb into the exhibits.
So, we purchased tickets to the top. And up we went. The elevators are an experience of their own. They rock and grind the whole way up, and they are quite tight. Somehow,  they squeeze five people in. The doors have little windows and you can see the the stairs and numbered landings that run along side the elevators.
And finally we got to the lookout on the top.
There are little windows to looks out on each side. Kennedy loved it. She kept exclaiming “ah-plane!,” which is toddler speak for ‘airplane.’  Isn’t that brilliant?
In my opinion, a bird’s eye view of a city will always be a good one.
For the history buffs, this is the courthouse where the Scott Dred case went down.
And, for the sports fans, I believe this is where the Cardinal’s play.
They have the highest point marked. A photo op at 630 feet up.
After gaping out the windows for about a half hour, we rode down the same elevators. The second time was equally invigorating. (Although this time, we didn’t have to share our elevator car!)
What better way to end this post than with one more image of the beautiful steel exterior?


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