24 Hours in St. Louis

If you only have 24 hours in St. Louis to explore here are a few can’t miss ideas. St. Louis is a place where history and imagination collide, and the result is a destination like no other. From taking in the stunning view from the Gateway Arch to visiting the one-of-kind City Museum you’re sure to have a great time.

Day 1

1. The Old Courthouse

1 Hour

The Old Courthouse is temporarily closed and undergoing renovations as part of the final component of the $380 million CityArchRiver project, the largest public-private partnership in the history of the National Park Service.

The site of the first two trials in the pivotal Dred Scott case, the Old Courthouse is also where Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote. It houses four exhibit galleries providing a rich history of early St. Louis. Trial reenactments and ranger-led tours are also available. (FREE)

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2. Gateway Arch National Park

2+ hours

Standing 630 feet tall, our nation’s tallest man-made monument anchors Gateway Arch National Park. It stands as the iconic symbol of the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch experience includes the Tram Ride to the Top, the all new Museum at the Gateway Arch, the Monument to the Dream documentary movie, shopping at the Arch Store, the Arch Cafe, and cruises aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats.


Gateway Arch - Blues at the Arch

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3. Old Cathedral

30 min

The Old Cathedral is one of the most historic buildings in St. Louis. Its roots dating back to 1764 when St. Louis was founded. The present building is the fourth church to be erected on the site. (FREE)


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Lunch SuggestionBallpark Village is the premiere dining and entertainment district in downtown. Located in the heart of St. Louis’ central business district and adjacent to Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is the first-ever, sports-anchored, multi-phased/mixed-use development.

4. City Museum

2+ hours

City Museum is an eclectic mixture of playground, fun house, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made from unique, found objects. City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile and even two abandoned planes!


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Dinner SuggestionThe Hill is famous for its Italian markets and restaurants. Visitors and locals alike flock to this historic part of the city. Explore the family-friendly, tight-knit neighborhood and feast on the flavors of Italy.

5. Citygarden

45 min - 1 hour

A vibrant and serene blending of lush plantings and internationally renowned sculptures with delights of water, stone, architecture and design. Citygarden is open and accessible year-round. Located within walking distance of the Gateway Arch. Perfect for an after-dinner walk. (FREE)


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