St. Louis Arch and skyline, St. Louis, Missouri (PhotoDisc)

Arch and skyline, St. Louis, Missouri (PhotoDisc/Jeremy Woodhouse)

Brewhouse Exterior, St. Louis, Missouri (Anheuser-Busch)

Old Courthouse and Arch, St Louis, Missouri (Missouri Tourism)

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What to do in St. Louis

Chances are you won’t skip a Cardinals game and a visit to the Gateway Arch during your vacation to St. Louis. But big-ticket tourist attractions aren’t all the city has to offer. Plenty of free options exist, and even outpace the obvious picks. Visit the Saint Louis Zoo; take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery; or stop by Citygarden, a downtown public garden occupying two city blocks and featuring an LED wall for summer movie showings. Or get out of the city and take a drive through one of The Gateway to the West’s 79 neighborhoods, each with a distinctive style. With all that money you’ve saved, you can afford to splurge on some of St. Louis’s famed cuisine. You know about St. Louis-style barbecue, but the city’s central location has allowed chefs to sample from each coast. Try Fritz’s Frozen Custard, a local favorite since 1983.

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Pete rates St. Louis
The city guide mentions many top attractions, but St. Louis also has some great neighborhoods to experience. Soulard has vintage homes, tasty pubs and restaurants, and a great farmers market and other boutiques. South Grand has eclectic shops and a concentration of good Asian restaurants. For great Italian food, visit the delis, bakeries, and restaurants on The Hill. The Central West End and Delmar Loop are lively and both are close to Forest Park. Just west of the airport, St. Charles has a brick-paved Main Street with charming shops and restaurants in 1830's vintage buildings. Rent a bike from there and ride the Katy Trail along the Missouri River, and check out the wineries in and near Augusta. There are rafting, canoeing, and hiking options nearby - most scenic are Johnson's Shut-ins and Elephant Rocks State Parks 1.5 hours south.
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