Moving to St. Louis? Sitting along the Mississippi River, St. Louis is considered one of the premiere cities of the Midwest. The region is rich in Native American history, and has been heavily influenced over time by the French and Germans. St. Louis put itself on the world map in 1904 when it hosted the World’s Fair, attracting 20 million visitors and displaying advancements in technology, fine arts, manufacturing, science, civics, foreign policy and education. During this year, St. Louis was also the first city in the United States to host the Summer Olympic Games. The city was quite progressive in early American history, and remains a valuable part of the Midwest today.
The most famous icon of St. Louis is the stainless steel Gateway Arch, which dominates the city skyline. For one of the best views of the city, take a ride in an egg shell pod to the top of the arch. St. Louis also has a place in American brewery history as the home of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Learn the beer making process and see the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses. Pay a visit to Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country (even larger than New York City’s Central Park) and the place of the 1904 World’s Fair. For other outdoor activities, try the St. Louis Zoo or the Missouri Botanical Garden, which boasts a large collection of plants, as well as a children’s garden and playground. For a little shopping and entertainment, check out University City, a six block area filled with restaurants, shop, galleries, and more.
St. Louis has museums commemorating everything from transportation to dogs to bowling. The Museum of Transportation features one of the world’s largest collections of locomotives, aircrafts and riverboats. The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog has over 700 works of arts entirely dedicated to mans’ best friend. For more than you ever wanted to know about bowling, visit the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, which depicts 5,000 years worth of bowling history and honors the sport’s most famous participants. Other museums include the Kemp Auto Museum, the children’s museum The Magic House and the Museum of Westward Expansion.
St. Louis has a collection of eclectic neighborhoods, each with their own history and attractions. Soulard is one of St. Louis’ oldest neighborhoods and features newly restored 19th century Victorian town homes and one of the country’s oldest public farmers markets. It also hosts the largest Mardi Gras party outside of New Orleans. The Central West End prides itself on being cosmopolitan, blending trendy shops and restaurants with historic homes, statues and landmarks. In Lafayette Square (a National Historic District), you’ll find beautiful Victorian homes surrounding the oldest park west of the Mississippi River – Victorian Park.
The people of St. Louis are true sports fans, and are especially devoted to their hometown baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals – one of only two Major Leagues teams with over 10 World Championships. St. Louis is also home to football’s St. Louis Rams, hockey’s St. Louis Blues, and NASCAR’s Gateway International Raceway.