In Pictures: Saint Louis, MO

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As you know, I travel all over the country for a living covering things to see, do and experience in great cities – big and small across America.

My hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri has had some awful press in the last year and quite frankly – I’m sick and tired of it.  I’m tired of “protesters” and images of people blocking the highways representing this town.   If you only watch the evening news or read political websites – you’d have no idea that 99 percent of people that live in the entire Saint Louis area (yes, that even includes 99 percent of the good folks of Ferguson)  black, white, whatever – are decent, welcoming people that share no ill will toward each other.

It’s disheartening that now when I travel – anywhere that I go – I meet people that are hesitant to come to Saint Louis and don’t want to risk being harassed by the people you see on the evening news causing trouble or screaming at police.  On behalf of, again, 99 percent of people that call Saint Louis home  – please know that they don’t represent the majority of us.

Take a look at some of the photos I recently took of my favorite scenes in STL – and I hope you’ll consider visiting soon.

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The most famous icon of Saint Louis is of course the Gateway Arch. Fun fact, there are 16 windows on each side of the top. You can see them from the ground if you really focus.
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The Saint Louis Art Museum sits atop what’s known locally as “Art Hill” – most famous for sledding in the Winter months after a big snowfall.
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Inside the historic “Old Courthouse” downtown. The courthouse is notable for the Dred Scott Case which was held in a second floor court room that you can still see today.

 

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The arch is pretty much visible in some form all over downtown and for miles away in any direction. This view is from the City Garden on Market Street just a few blocks away.
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Saint Louis is a great sports town and while the Blues and Rams both have great followings – the baseball Cardinals are far and away the favorite team of the city. Busch Stadium is a great place to see a game!
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The World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Saint Louis hosted the World’s Fair in 1904 – the year the fair introduced America to things like iced tea, the ice cream cone and even Dr. Pepper!
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Jack Buck was a sports broadcaster that appeared nationally but was best known as the longtime radio voice of the Saint Louis Cardinals. He was an amazing man and so beloved by the city and Cardinals fans everywhere. Even hearing old clips of his voice remind me of my childhood when we’d listen to his play by play accounts of the game and hope to hear his signature phrase “That’s A Winner!”
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Saint Louis Union Station is a beautiful building but unfortunately, not much doing on the inside these days. Trains no longer come through and it’s a far cry from the shopping and dining experience it used to be decades ago.

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The Fox Theatre is still the premier place to see a concert or show in Saint Louis. The inside is gorgeous! It’s one of a handful of the original Fox Theaters that were built around the country, originally for showing movies. One of the original film projectors can still be seen if you look up and near the back of the theater once inside.
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President (General) U.S. Grant lived in Saint Louis before the Civil War in this home right across from where the Grant’s Farm property is today. You can visit the home and grounds which is now run by the National Park Service. There’s no furniture inside the home as it was destroyed while in storage after the Grant’s left.
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The Saint Louis statue in front of the Art Museum is another recognized symbol of the Gateway City.
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Forest Park is perhaps the most beautiful area in Saint Louis! It’s well maintained and is home to many wonderful museums, the Muny, a tennis stadium and even a golf course!
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Clouds reflect off buildings in downtown Saint Louis
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The Missouri History Museum is one of the many things to experience in Saint Louis with free admission.
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Well, this certainly isn’t creepy. A giant eyeball sculpture at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in Kirkwood.
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A Saint Louis tradition is visiting Ted Drewes for a frozen custard “concrete”!
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The tourist attraction I’m most often asked about when I travel is this place: The City Museum. I can’t even begin to describe it. But, where else do you have a Ferris Wheel and an old bus on top of a roof?
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“The Hill” is a place in Saint Louis full of great Italian history (Yogi Berra grew up there) and is full of wonderful Italian restaurants and bakeries!
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The Saint Louis Symphony is absolutely awesome! They play at Powell Hall. This is a photo from the first time I went just two seasons ago. Not being a classical musical fan – I had no idea what I was missing. Hearing them perform in person is a life changing experience!
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I see a lot of zoos around the country when I travel – even some of the ones that are ranked as “the best” or “# 1″… Sorry, but the Saint Louis Zoo is the best one in America. Hands down. Plus, it’s free.

 

These are just a handful of the wonderful things to see or experience in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Don’t let the media ruin your opportunity to visit a great mid-western town that’s full of great people, of all walks of life and backgrounds.  We hope to see you soon!

For more about things to do in Saint Louis – visit: explorestllouis.com

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Bill is a travel journalist, broadcaster and freelance writer based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Bill travels all across the country doing positive stories, highlighting people and places making America great. He's the host of the weekly Rediscover America podcast and author of the new book 100 Things To Do In America Before You Die! Bill enjoys parks, talking to strangers, eating medium-rare steaks, playing Pickleball and telling good jokes.