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St Louis, MO – Meet me in St. Louis
Known as The Gateway to the West, St. Louis was the last major post before founding pioneers journeyed west towards the Pacific. Global travellers arrived in St. Louis for the 1904 World's Fair, which celebrated Thomas Jefferson's dream of a continental United States and to honour the legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark, and their journey to the west. The fair attracted millions of people from countries all over the world, and many showcased their unique cultural offerings, entertained and sold goods from home to fairgoers. The fair was a formative event for this city and its effects remain an evident piece of St. Louis' cultural identity.
St. Louis is indeed a city of neighbourhoods, each adding a distinct cultural flavour and perspective to this city's identity. The city is host to vast and varied green-space, museums and historical exhibits, theatre and live performance venues and world class restaurants. Forest Park is 500 acres larger than New York's Central Park and some of St. Louis' renowned cultural attractions are located here. The 1300 acre space is also host to an old World Fair remnant: an enormous walk-through birdcage that served as the Smithsonian Flight Cage exhibit. It can now be found as part of the St. Louis zoo's bird garden and visitors can walk through the domed structure.
The famed Anheuser-Busch brewery, most known for its signature brew Budweiser, is a name many visitors are familiar with. For those more interested in sampling beverages from a local brewery, the St. Louis Brewery's Schlafly microbrews are likely to satisfy. Delmar Loop is St. Louis' home of hipsters, and is great for people watching, while the University City Loop is one of the best places in St. Louis to fulfill your trendy shopping needs. Fans of Italian food should head over to a neighbourhood known as "the Hill." The Hill has more Italian restaurants than any other area in the city. Cunetto's House of Pasta, Favazzas, Zia's Restaurant, and Rigazzi's Restaurant stand out amongst the host of available top-shelf Italian food.
Not only at the top of visitors lists for libations and nosh, St. Louis also boasts impressive national sports teams. This city is home to the MLB's 2011 World Series champions the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as NFL's St. Louis Rams and NHL's St. Louis Blues. Sports-fans are sure to get their fill at any time of the year.
St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch is located in the heart of the city and attracts more than four million visitors each year. Standing over 600 feet tall, this is the nation's tallest man-made monument, and includes the Journey to the Top and the Museum of Westward Expansion and shopping. Any trip to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Gateway Arch base and snapping a few scrapbook worthy photos. While in the area, visitors can also take a ride down the Mississippi River on replica 19th-century paddle boats conveniently located on the riverfront by the Gateway Arch.
Much like its icons Lewis and Clark, this great city is best visited with a spirit of exploration. For more information about what to see and do, visit explorestlouis.com.
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