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The Gateway Arch

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The Gateway Arch was the first National Park that I ever went to, and in fact I have never actually been to the Arch since it has been designated a National Park.  Anyone driving coast to coast on Interstate 70 should make some time to check it out, and spend sometime in St. Louis as it is a great Midwestern City. 

I have no idea how old I was the first time I went to the Arch, but there was a huge rush getting to go to the monument.  Growing up across the state in the suburbs of Kansas City, the arch was something that made me proud to be from Missouri.  Everyone across the country knows what the Arch is and where it is located so at a young age visiting was kind of a big deal.  

Visiting the Arch 

There are many was to explore the Arch.  From the ground, from the Mississippi River, or my personal favorite, from the top.  Of the three times I have been, two I have rode in the tram all the way to the viewing platform at the top.  


After climbing into the tram cabins, the tram brings people to the top and then you can see views for days.  While I only have a few memories of the actual trip, I do remember being able to look out over Missouri and Illinois and feeling like I was at the top of the world. 


Know Before You Go


Because it has been so long since I have been to the Arch, I would recommend visiting their website.  I did visit as recently as 2014 and the one thing that I wish I would have done was to purchase tickets in advance.  I ended up not going to the top because the line was so long.   

My Cousin and I in front of the arch from a riverboat cruise.  It was my first trip to the arch and I was visiting with her and my grandmother.