St. Louis is only a four-and-a-half hour drive from where I live in NWI. Besides visiting all 50 states, another goal of mine is to get to all 63 National Parks. Since STL is somewhat close, a roadtrip to see The Gateway Arch was needed! We were lucky enough to visit on a weekend when the weather was clear and it was beautiful out. If you are heading to St. Louis soon or sometime in the future, check out my recommendations below for a great time!
Where To Stay:
If you want to stay near St. Louis, but outside of the city, I cannot recommend St. Charles enough! It’s a cute town near the Missouri River that severed as the first capital of the state in the 1820s. It’s located about 25 minutes from STL, which makes it super convenient to commute to the city, but still be a nice distance away. St. Charles is known for their historic Main Street, which has so much charm to it still. It reminded me of the architecture along the East Coast. Kind of like in Salem, Massachusetts.
We decided to stay in a rental home in St. Charles so my cat, Salem, would be comfortable enough (I bring him on my road trips if you haven’t noticed by now). I also wanted to stay outside of St. Louis so we could be in a safer neighborhood. STL has its bad parts, just like any other city, but I wanted to be as cautious as possible since I’m not too familiar with the area.
If you’re looking for places to stay in St. Louis, I would check out rentals in these areas below. It seems like these are some of the safest neighborhoods in the city:
- Princeton Heights
- Clifton Heights
- Saint Louis Hills
- South Hampton
What To Do:
The main attraction in STL is The Gateway Arch. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions bringing in millions of visitors annually. If you go to Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park on the other side of the Mississippi River, you will have an amazing skyline view of St. Louis. You will also see The Gateway Arch sitting right in the middle (another good reason to visit on a beautiful and clear day).
Besides visiting St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch, there are some other places worth checking out when in town:
Both Delmar Loop and Washington Ave are great locations to hang out and grab lunch and/or have a drink.
Where To Eat:
One thing you MUST try when you visit are the toasted raviolis! They were actually created in STL on accident, but they’re so good! You can basically get them at any Italian restaurant on “The Hill.” (Full disclosure, any restaurant on “The Hill” is worth trying!) BBQ is also huge in St. Louis and a must try when you’re in town. Enjoying good food was one of my favorite things about this trip. STL definitely did not disappoint!
Some of my recommendations are:
- Mama’s On The Hill
- Anthonino’s Taverna
- Lombardo’s Trattoria
- Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill
- Salt + Smoke
- Mission Taco
- Twisted Ranch
- World’s Fair Donuts
If you’re looking for a little getaway, St. Louis is a great option. Especially if you’re interested in trying new restaurants. You really don’t need more than a few days to explore the city, which makes it the perfect place for a weekend trip. Next time you’re thinking of your next location to visit, don’t overlook STL!