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St Louis Introduction


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St. Louis, Missouri, got the nickname "Gateway to the West" thanks to pioneers in search of a better way of life who pursued their American dream by making tracks to this unique river city. But that heritage is only part of the charm. St. Louis is where Scott Joplin rolled out ragtime tunes and jazzmen played the blues. It's also where Dred Scott filed his landmark lawsuit for freedom from slavery.   Click here to see the full St Louis travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Louis Geography


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St. Louis is situated on gently rolling terrain in eastern Missouri near the border with Illinois, 18 mi/29 km south of the confluence of two large rivers, the Mississippi and the Missouri. The Gateway Arch sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and serves as the city's front door. From it, you can walk into the heart of downtown or visit the downtown of a century ago (maintained in the restored buildings and cobblestoned streets of Laclede's Landing). The riverfront casinos, sports stadiums, an expanded convention center and restaurants are all within walking distance of the Arch.  Click here to see the full St Louis travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Louis History


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In 1754, Pierre Laclede, a partner in a fur-trading company in New Orleans, began scouting for an ideal Native American fur-trading location. He took his 13-year-old stepson, Auguste Chouteau, with him on a journey up the Mississippi River. After looking over two sites that proved unsuitable for their needs, they journeyed approximately 18 mi/29 km south of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and discovered a site that would become St. Louis.   Click here to see the full St Louis travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Louis Sightseeing & Things to Do


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There is no better place to start exploring St. Louis than at the Arch, a landmark that you may see soaring above the horizon even before you reach the city. By all means, take the tram to the top, but don't forget to visit the Museum of Westward Expansion at the base of the Arch, too.   Click here to see the full St Louis travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Louis Nightlife


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Live music, dance clubs and corner bars provide plenty of opportunities for nocturnal ramblings. Look for lively nightlife at Laclede's Landing downtown, in The Loop, in Soulard (blues clubs) and on Washington Avenue. Lumiere Place, the casino complex adjacent to Laclede's Landing, features nightspots Globar and Aqua.  Click here to see the full St Louis travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Louis Restaurants & Dining


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You'll find a good range of restaurants in St. Louis. Italian restaurants in the Hill district, the pubs and grills of Soulard, and Continental and Asian fare in the Central West End and University City Loop are all tempting. In the Hill district, sample St. Louis' very own toasted ravioli. In the Central West End or Soulard, dine at one of the outdoor cafes.  Click here to see the full St Louis travel guide on Travel42 »

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