Missouri

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

I had only ever driven past St. Louis’s Gateway Arch twice before: on my way into and out of Missouri last summer on a road trip around the state. At 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide, the Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States, making it an easy icon to spot from the car window while driving by.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Arch was designed in 1947 by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel and constructed between February 1963 and October 1965.

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Val and Doug at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Leaning against the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Leaning against the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Site: The Gateway Arch
Location: St. Louis Riverfront, St. Louis, MO 63102
Cost: Free to see (Tram, movies, etc. extra.)
Hours: Always visible. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Winter hours (Labor Day – Memorial Day), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Summer hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day), 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Hours subject to change.
Date: March 20, 2010

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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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