The city of St. Louis was first established in 1764 as a trading post for the French. In later years, St. Louis would become a major point of interest for Mississippi steamboats and pioneers heading west. Today, the city remains one of the most prominent in the Midwest and a popular place to visit. While many choose to travel St. Louis via the famous Route 66, other travel St. Louis simple to see the St. Louis attractions or take a long St. Louis vacation.
The number of historic and otherwise interesting St. Louis attractions make the idea of a St. Louis vacation appealing. Perhaps the most recognizable St. Louis attractions is the Gateway Arch in Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park. The Gateway Arch commemorates westward expansion, and visitors can even ride a tram to the top of the impressive arch. Interested visitors can also take a dinner cruise on a boat that runs right past the Gateway Arch. More than any other St. Louis tourist attractions, the Gateway Arch is an iconic symbol of the city of St. Louis.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is yet another of the most popular St. Louis tourist attractions. Those who plan to travel St. Louis will do well to set aside time to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens, where they can check out multiple gardens and types of flora. Located not too far away is the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Among the most popular St. Louis tourist attractions particularly with beer-lovers, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery offers daily tours and free drinks.
Other great St. Louis tourist attractions include the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Union Station. With some many St. Louis tourist attractions to choose from, it is easy to see why a St. Louis vacation is a popular choice for travelers. All kinds of St. Louis hotels are also available for rentals of every kind, in an array of prices to meet every budget.
Nightlife in St. Louis is also a great attraction. Not only does the city of St. Louis itself feature a number of jazz clubs, dance clubs and bars, but nearby St. Charles is an equally exciting place to go to spend the evening. In St. Charles travelers will find the Ameristar Casino, as well as the popular Main Street and plenty of places to shop and eat out. Riverboat cruises and riverboat dinner cruises are also popular in St. Louis and in St. Charles.
Six Flags Theme Park is also located just a short drive (about 30 minutes) from St. Louis. Season passes for Six Flags Theme Park are available, as are nearby hotels. The city of St. Louis is notable not only for the great theme parks and attractions that grace the city, but also for the great historical and cultural attractions.