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Influenced by the westward expansion, St. Louis is a home to many firsts Ė the first skyscraper in the world, the first concrete stadium in the world and the first ice cream cone Ė and thatís just the tip of the iceberg. A blend of old world charms and modern day luxuries might be the star attraction of the city, but each neighbourhood also promises to offer tourists with its own culture and history.

St. Louis experienced a major boom in terms of its populations in the late 1800s due to the large number of Italian and German immigrants settling in the area. Known to be the largest city of the Great Plains, St. Louis also offers a unique vibe thanks to its culturally diverse population and unique surroundings. Baseball and beer are the mainstays of St. Louis, but it also ensures that there is an array of historical and cultural attractions for tourists to choose from.

The Gateway Arch might be the most famous landmark in the city, but sights like the Museum of Westward Expansion, Anheuser-Busch factory tours and St. Louis Cathedral should not be missed. There are a number of attractions for the entire family with the Forest Park attracting adults and the Magic House and the local zoo ensuring that kids do not feel left out.

The city has kick-started the musical careers of numerous legends such as Tina Turner, Miles Davis and Scott Joplin and its musical influences can be seen all through the streets of St. Louis. Live music venues and world famous concerts might be the star musical attractions, but donít forget to check out those lively tunes that can be heard around the public squares and parks of the city.

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St Louis holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Gateway Arch
St Louis Riverfront
What is it? Within the riverside park known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Gateway Arch is a soaring landmark above the city's skyline - the thin stainless steel arc reaches to twice the height of the Statue of Liberty at 630ft (192m). It symbolises the role of St Louis as the 'Gateway to the West' for the pioneers who journeyed along the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails towards the western frontier. It is also dedicated to the US president who was responsible for opening up the West. An observation deck that is reached by a tram system provides magnificent views over the city, the Mississippi and the spreading plains. Also on the site with the Arch is the Old Courthouse Museum that was the venue for the hearing of several momentous cases during the 19th century. At the base of the monument is the excellent Museum of Westward Expansion with exhibits covering exploration of the West and its honoured pioneers, including Lewis and Clark, the Plains Indians and buffalo soldiers. The Odyssey IMAX Theatre shows big-screen films about the region and its history. Hours of Operation: The museum is open daily 8am to 10pm (summer) and 9am to 6pm (winter). The tram runs daily from 8.20am to 9.10pm (summer) and 9.20am to 5.10pm (winter) Phone:(877) 982 1410



2. Forest Park
What is it? The beautifully landscaped Forest Park is larger than New York's Central Park and its leafy grounds are filled with attractions. The acclaimed St Louis Art Museum has a magnificent international collection of art, covering works from prehistoric times to contemporary, and houses one of the most extensive collections of German Expressionism worldwide. The St Louis Science Center features life-size dinosaurs along with displays and interactive exhibits on the environment, aviation, technology and more. There is also an OMNIMAX Theatre and Planetarium. Thousands of animals roam the beautiful grounds of the St Louis Zoo, with indoor and outdoor cageless displays, and a Living World Exhibition features an animated robotic figure of Charles Darwin who summarises his theories on evolution. The Missouri History Museum documents life in St Louis with old photographs and displays on river life, black music and western expansion. Hours of Operation: Zoo: Daily 8am to 7pm (summer), 9am to 5pm (winter). History Museum: daily 10am to 6pm, until 8pm on Tuesday. Art Museum: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, until 9pm on Friday. Science Center: Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 5.30pm, Friday and Saturday 9.30am to 9.30pm (summer); 9.30am to 4.30pm, until 9.30pm on Friday (winter); 11.30am to 4.30pm/5.30pm on Sundays Phone:(314) 289 4444 (Science Center), (314) 781 0900 (Zoo), (314) 721 0072 (Art Museum), (314) 746 4599 (History Museum)



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1. Big Muddy Blues Festival

From 2007-09-01

To 2007-09-30

What is it? The Labour Day Weekend jams to some of the best blues in the country over three days in blues rich city St Louis. This free event takes place at Laclede's Landing along the banks of the Mississippi river and showcases some of the top performers in contemporary blues. The event is sponsored by Budweiser. Where is it? Laclede's Landing




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