Visitors Guide to
The Gateway Arch
11 North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO

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The Gateway Arch has become the definitive symbol of the city of St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the National Park system. At 630 feet the Arch is 75 feet taller than the Washington Monument and more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The Arch is the centerpiece of the Gateway Arch National Park, which also includes the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse.

In 1935 40 city blocks of the St. Louis riverfront was selected as the site for construction of a monument to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century. In 1947 the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association held a nationwide competition to obtain an appropriate design for the Memorial. The winner in the competition was architect Eero Saarinen whose idea of a giant stainless steel arch in the shape of an inverted catenary curve is a complex engineering feat. Construction on the Arch began in 1963 and was completed in 1965.

The interior of the Arch is hollow and contains a unique transport system leading to an observation deck at the top. A unique tram system that combines an elevator cable lift system with cars similar to Ferris wheel gondolas had been installed. The cars hold 5 passengers and 8 cars are linked to form a train with a capacity of 40 passengers. The trip to the top of the Arch takes four minutes, and the trip back down takes three minutes. The car doors have narrow glass panes, allowing passengers to see the interior stairways and structure of the Arch during the trip. An observation area on top of the arch has small windows that allow views across the Mississippi River and southern Illinois with its prominent Mississippian culture mounds to the east at Cahokia, and the City of Saint Louis and St. Louis County to the west beyond the city. On a clear day, one can see up to thirty miles.

The Gateway Arch is part of the Gateway Arch National Park, which also includes the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the Old Courthouse National Historic Site.

Visiting the Gateway Arch
     Visiting Hours
          Memorial Day - Labor Day: 8 am to 10 pm daily
          Winter Hours: 9 am - 6 pm
There is no charge to visit to visit the Gateway Arch. Tickets are required to ride the trams to the top. Visit for ticket information.

Location: The Gateway Arch is located along the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is a short distance from the Laclede Landing MetroLink station.

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Gateway Arch National Park - Use the official site of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial for answers to all the questions you may have.

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