An arch consists of two weaknesses which, leaning one against the other, makes a strength.Leonardo da Vinci
About the Park
Gateway Arch National Park symbolizes St. Louis’s role in the United States Westward Expansion during the nineteenth century. The park pays tribute to Thomas Jefferson for his role in opening up the American West and to the pioneers who moved across the country and shaped history. It is also a tribute to Dred Scott, who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse, which is now part of the National Park. St. Louis Arch was one of our favorite day trips while we raised our children in southern Indiana.
Check out the view from below the Arch!
Live it up!
Best Things to do in the Park
- Ride the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch for views from the observation deck
- Go through the Explorer’s Garden in the North Gateway area and learn from Lewis & Clark
- See the brand new Museum Exhibits underneath the arch telling the history of the early pioneers
- Watch the Monument to the Dream documentary on the building of the Arch. This is a must do!
- Visit the Old Courthouse, which was the site of the Dred Scott case
- Walk the trails along the Mississippi River under the Arch
We have made many trips to the Arch, as we lived in southern Indiana for many years. However, on the journey with the Airstream, we will never forget our stay at the nearby RV park with a “baby arch” over the gate! We loved that little detail. It was so Mom & Pop!
Size of Park
The Arch is 630 feet tall and 630 feet from the base of one leg to the other
Camping in the Park
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