Gateway Arch 07/21/2014

No visit to St. Louis is complete without a stop at the Gateway Arch this massive monument can be seen from miles away and is even a sight to see driving by it on the highway. The one issue is though, at least this summer it was impossible to get to it. There is construction and many road closures making a GPS almost useless to navigate to the lot for the Arch. Finally we got there after a bit of backtracking and made our way up to the Arch to see this thing up close!

Love the way the sun hits it.

Love the way the sun hits it.

Artsy shot, credit goes to Holly for taking the picture haha

Artsy shot, credit goes to Holly for taking the picture haha

Fun facts about the Arch.

Fun facts about the Arch.

Let's take the tram ride to the top shall we?

Let’s take the tram ride to the top shall we?

The future as it was envisioned in 1960 you say?

The future as it was envisioned in 1960 you say?

In these little cars?

In these little cars?

Tram Capsule 3 awaits us!

Tram Capsule 3 awaits us!

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Rules on the back just in case you forget them. πŸ˜›

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The walls are littered with information as you wait for your tram.

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And also some neat murals.

Soon we'll be boarding!

Soon we’ll be boarding!

But first a video telling us the history of the Arch.

But first a video telling us the history of the Arch.

Please stand clear of the doors. Por favo, matengase alejado de las puertas. :P

Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor, matengase alejado de las puertas. πŸ˜›

And we're at the top!

And we’re at the top! Just a little cramped up here.

The Jefferson Memorial courthouse.

The Jefferson Memorial courthouse.

I think a baseball team might play there... Hmm...

I think a baseball team might play there… Hmm…

Skyscrapers.

Skyscrapers.

Boring side of the arch, just a river and a highway.

Boring side of the arch, just a river and a highway.

This is a cool picture though! Notice the reflection in the water?

This is a cool picture though! Notice the reflection?

630 feet up in the air.

630 feet up in the air.

Alright enough sightseeing, time to go back to ground level.

Alright enough sightseeing, time to go back to ground level.

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Information about the builders of the Arch.

This was very cool at the bottom it shows the heights of all the US monuments throughout the country.

This was very cool at the bottom it shows the heights of all the US landmarks throughout the country.

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And the Arch is by far the tallest one at 630 feet.

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Even taller than the Redwoods!

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A little museum about……

...Well the way west!

…well the way west!

Pretty neat!

Pretty neat!

Can we make some buffalo burgers?

Can we make some buffalo burgers?

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I feel like this a traditional museum scene.

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The path for the way west!

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Dedication plaque for the Arch.

The sun is now setting.

The sun is now setting.

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Standing in front of the Arch, with a pesky construction fence in the way.

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A look at the area around the Arch.

The sun is setting on the courthouse.

The sun is setting on the courthouse.

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The Missouri River.

One final look at the Arch before calling it a day.

One final look at the Arch before calling it a day.

The Gateway Arch is really something to see up close, there’s not much to do in the Arch or the museum but being up close to the thing really is something special. Don’t expect to spend a whole day at the Arch, just a few hours to take it all in and then move on to the next adventure! Well that concludes our Missouri trip, so the next update will be back to roller coasters I promise. πŸ™‚

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