Visiting the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (Pictures)

If you’re planning a trip to St. Louis you’ll no doubt want to stop by Gateway Arch National Park. The 623-foot tall monument is designed to symbolize the United States expansion to the west. The arch is the tallest memorial in the United States and the tallest stainless steel monument in the world.

As a photographer I loved photographing the Gateway Arch. From the grounds I found the architecture of the arch to be stunning especially seeing the sun reflect off of it on a sunny day. If you are planning on visiting the St. Louis Arch I’d recommend buying tickets before hand to go to the top as well.

Of course when you visit the Gateway Arch you’ll have the ability to go to the top. With a unique curved elevator that takes you to the top it offers stunning views of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.

Getting to the Gateway Arch in Missouri

You’ll find the Gateway Arch located directly downtown in St. Louis on the Mississippi River. There is a Metrolink Station located on the north side of the park. I’d recommend paying for parking at the InterPark garage near the arch but you can also find street parking around the city and walk to the Gateway Arch.

Gateway Arch on Google Maps

Gateway Arch Pictures

Here are some of my photos of the Gateway Arch in Missouri. If you are planning on what photography gear to bring I’d recommend bringing a zoom lens like a 24-70mm. This lets you get fairly wide shots of the arch but also close up details.

Mississippi River Overlook

Mississippi River Overlook

Across the Mississippi River you’ll find the Mississippi River Overlook which gives you a great view of the Old Courthouse and Arch. Just keep in mind I have been told by many people that the area can be dangerous so going with a few people may be ideal.

One thing I found odd about the view was the fact that there is a power line directly in your view of the Arch. Granted this is easy enough to clean up in Photoshop.

Mississippi River Overlook on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Gateway Arch

What is the Gateway Arch?

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument located in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s the tallest arch in the world and was built to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States.

When was the Gateway Arch built?

Construction of the Gateway Arch began on February 12, 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965.

Who designed the Gateway Arch?

The Gateway Arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen.

How much does it cost to visit the Gateway Arch?

The entrance fee for the Gateway Arch is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3-15, and free for children under 3.

Can you go to the top of the Gateway Arch?

Yes, you can take a tram ride to the top of Gateway Arch to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. I highly recommend getting tickets up the unique elevator if you visit.

How tall is the Gateway Arch?

The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall, making it the tallest arch in the world.

What is the Gateway Arch made of?

The outside of the Gateway Arch is made of stainless steel while the interior is made with carbon steel.

Is the Gateway Arch accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, the Gateway Arch provides wheelchair ramps, accessible restrooms, and other accommodations for visitors with disabilities.

What are the hours of operation for the Gateway Arch?

The Gateway Arch is open daily from 9AM to 8PM during the summer months and from 9AM to 6PM during the winter months.

Are there any events held at the Gateway Arch?

Yes, the Gateway Arch hosts various events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and holiday celebrations. You can check the archpark site for more event specifics.

Is there parking at the Gateway Arch?

Yes and no, while there are no dedicated parking lots directly at the Gateway Arch you’ll find plenty of garages nearby. You can use this map on the official Gateway Arch website to find more details of parking.

In conclusion, the Gateway Arch is not just a stunning monument in St. Louis, but a symbol of the pioneering spirit that drove westward expansion in the United States. Photographers will love capturing its sleek design and impressive height.

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