Visitors Guide to
St. Louis & St. Louis County, Missouri

Gateway to the West
   

FOCUS ON CULTURE

International Photography
Hall of Fame and Museum

Saint Louis, Missouri

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) is a museum whose mission is to preserve, promote, and educate its visitors on the history of photography. The IPHF now occupies 6,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space in the Grand Center Arts District, one of the Americaís densest cultural districts. The IPHF exhibits prints and antique cameras from its permanent collection, and hosts special exhibitions focusing on the art and science of photography. The gallery can only display a portion of its collection so there is a continual rotation of what can be seen at the museum.

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ANIMAL OF THE WEEK
AT THE SAINT LOUIS ZOO

Cheetah

The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, sprinting up to 70 miles per hour! However, this fast cat can only maintain its top speed for short distances. Cheetahs are made for sprinting. Their slender, streamlined body allows fast runs and their flexible spine and long legs enable the cat to take big strides. Cheetahs must eat quickly, because their food is often stolen by larger, more powerful animals (like lions, leopards, and hyenas). The cheetahs at the St. Louis Zoo are located in the Riverís Edge portion of the Zoo far away from the other large cats in the Red Rocks area because the other cats make the cheetahs nervous.

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Along the Mississippi River's 2,552-mile journey from its headwaters in Minnesota to the delta in Louisiana, St. Louis is one of the few truly cosmopolitan destinations along the Great River Road. The Greater St. Louis area is the 18th largest metropolitan area in the United States with more than 2,800,000 people.

Saint Louis and Saint Louis County have a lot to offer its visitors. The area's most prominent attraction is the Gateway Arch. Designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen and completed in 1966, the nation's tallest monument rises over the west bank of the Mississippi as a symbol of St. Louis' role as the Gateway to the West. The Arch is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial complex that also includes the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Odyssey Theater. Saint Louis has a number of outstanding public institutions that are free to visit: the Zoo (photo left,) Art Museum, History Museum, and the Science Center.

Saint Louis is home to a vibrant art scene. New and revitalized institutions, along with world-class architecture and public sculpture can be found throughout the city and county. The Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums. The Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts are two of five free museums within blocks of each other midtown arts district called Grand Center. Laumeier Sculpture Park is a 105-acre open-air museum in Saint Louis County that features over 80 works of contemporary sculpture.

Saint Louis has its origins when in 1764 French fur traders established a small village named after Louis IX, the Crusader King of France. There are a number of museums and historical sites that tell the St. Louis' story. The Museum of Westward Expansion documents the history of European expansion from the days of Lewis and Clark. The area has a number of historical houses and societies that offer tours. In Saint Louis County the Museum of Transportation has over 300 locomotives, rail cars, and other forms of transportation.

The Saint Louis region has a number of green spaces for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Forest Park is the largest of the 105 city parks in Saint Louis and at 1,293 acres is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The park opened in 1876, was home to the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (the Saint Louis World's Fair) and is home to the Saint Louis Zoo. Faust County Park, in Saint Louis County, is home to many historical and cultural attractions including the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, a historical village, and the Saint Louis Carousel. The county is also home to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Castlewood State Park, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area and the Powder Valley Conservation Area.

There are more than just the sights to see and activities that make Saint Louis an attractive place to visit. Saint Louis is famous for its one of a kind eateries. At the 1904 World's Fair vendors invented ice tea and the ice cream cone and popularized the hot dog and hamburger. Contemporary dishes unique to Saint Louis are toasted ravioli, gooey butter coffee cake, and thin crust pizza. Saint Louis also has a variety of one of a kind shopping opportunities. Its historic neighborhoods have shopping districts whose streets are lined with antique and specialty shops. For those in Saint Louis on an extended stay there is a variety of unique bed and breakfasts to choose from and the hotels and motels ranging from the upscale high rises in downtown to the affordable and casual motels in the county.

greatriverroad.com invites you to explore Saint Louis because as the Saint Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says: "there's more than meets the Arch!"

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