Downtown St. Louis, Old Courthouse with the Gateway Arch
From charming parks to neighborhoods that reflect a rich immigrant heritage to terrific beer and BBQ, St Louis, Missouri, has much to offer visitors. Enjoy a lively virtual experience as Emmy Award–nominated PBS television host Darley Newman leads a tour through the city, uncovering the lesser-known backstories of its iconic landmarks and locally loved hidden gems—and plenty of reasons why St. Louis is an ideal destination.
Literary icons including T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, and Kate Chopin once called the Central West End home. The lively Soulard neighborhood, anchored by the nearly 250-year-old Soulard Farmers Market, is the perfect place to get a taste of St. Louis’s history as a beer town and to stroll through narrow tree-lined streets filled with restaurants, bars, and shops. Step inside the quirky and surprising City Museum, housed in a 600,000-square-foot former shoe factory. And learn what not to miss among the collections of the St. Louis Art Museum, located in a building constructed for the 1904 World’s Fair.
Other places ready to discover include the original Anheuser-Busch Brewery; the grandly scaled 128-year-old Union Station; 1,300-acre Forest Park, home to five major cultural organizations; Delmar Loop, a vibrant six-block entertainment and shopping district; and the St. Louis Walk of Fame, honoring local notables from Josephine Baker to Yogi Berra and Maya Angelou to Tennessee Williams. Whether St. Louis is a familiar place or the newest addition to your list of must-visit cities, Darley’s insights will help you get the most out of your time there.
Destination Cities is a new occasional series in which travel experts offer practical advice and insider’s tips to discovering great getaway locations and rediscovering familiar places with a fresh eye.
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