Five Reasons to Visit St. Louis, MO
Whether visiting for business or pleasure St. Louis is a dynamic city with a rich cultural and national heritage. Find inspiration for your next visit, from local favorites to renowned attractions. Read on to discover our top picks for accommodation, restaurants, attractions, and entertainment.
Exterior Rendering of Live! by Loews-St. Louis, MO
Stay at Live! by Loews-St. Louis
Immerse yourself in design dating back to the rich history of St. Louis and the origins of American baseball while discovering a respite in the midst of hustle and bustle. Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO is a brand-new hotel located in Ballpark Village, just steps away from Busch Stadium and less than a 10-minute walk from the iconic Gateway Arch. When you’re not walking around town, listening to some of the best blues the country has to offer, you can sip on barrel-aged bourbon cocktails at Clark & Bourbon, a friendly neighborhood steakhouse, or at The Whiskey Room, a central gathering place for guests turned aging room filled with a selection of bourbons, whiskeys, and pre-batch barrels. Staying at Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO puts you at the center of all the action, with all the benefits of a stylish and modern retreat.
Busch Stadium (Photo credit, IG user: @explorestlouis)
Busch Stadium & Ballpark Village
It’s been said that St Louisians’ have two pastimes: listening to great blues and watching the Cardinals play baseball at Busch Stadium, located across the street from Ballpark Village. Warm-up before the game with a round of local brews at the Budweiser Brew House, a multi-level venue that offers over 230 beer taps as well as a unique, self-serve 21-foot tall tap wx`all. If the weather is nice, don’t miss out on the rooftop Bud Deck, located on the third floor of Budweiser Brew House, which offers unmatched views of the stadium– this is truly a hidden gem. Turn your night into a grand slam and visit the Fox Sports Midwest Live!, a 20,000 sq. ft. entertainment space, featuring live music along with one of the best sports-viewing experiences in the nation.
Missouri Botanical Garden (Photo credit, IG user: @explorestlouis)
Cultural Activities & Attractions
Start at The Gateway Arch, a 630-foot tall monument located on the western bank of the Mississippi River. Take the tram ride to the top for a privileged view of the city below. With a birds-eye view of the city fresh in your memory, head to the adjacent museum to trace the story of America’s pioneering spirit and the westward expansion. A quick car ride away is the Missouri Botanical Garden, the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and is considered a National Historic Landmark.
Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (Photo credit, IG user: @macsareial)
Once the fourth-largest city in the U.S. and a major port on the Mississippi River, St. Louis has long been a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and that stands true today. One of the most famous examples of old-world foods re-imagined is the toasted ravioli or T-rav as locals call it. Charlie Gittos is the best place to enjoy these cheesy and crunchy creations that will have you asking for more. Another great culinary reinterpretation is the thin-crusted St. Louis-style pizza, with a crust made without yeast and topped with Provel cheese.
Monkey at the St. Louis Zoo (Photo credit, IG user: @gracefully.katie)
Home to over 13,000 animals representing more than 550 species, The St. Louis Zoo is a must-do for visiting families. Get there early to avoid the crowds since this is one of a few free zoos in the United States, making it one of the most visited attractions in the region. Take a tour back in time by visiting Grants Farm, the home of Ulysses S. Grant for a tour of the 280-acre wildlife preserve and home to the Budweiser Clydesdale horses– a breed brought to stardom by the brewing company’s advertising since 1933.