Standing 630-feet high and constructed completely of stainless steel, the Gateway Arch greets visitors on St. Louis flights every year. Prior to its formation in 1965, St. Louis welcomed travelers from all over the world who were heading westward in search of new opportunities and a new life. In the early 1900's, the Show Me State hosted the World's Fair and as a result, witnessed the beginning of the city’s innovation and technology boom.
Visitors booking flights to St. Louis today have a plethora of options at their fingertips. The city is blanketed with history, but also rich in entertainment. Travelers book flights to St. Louis every summer for one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the nation. Take a tour around downtown St. Louis and visit the Anheuser Busch Brewery and Busch Stadium, home of MLB St. Louis Cardinals.
St Louis climate
St Louis has moderate, seasonal weather, but storms can occur at any time of the year. July and August are the hottest and most humid months of the year, and January and February are cold, usually with snow. Winter temperatures range from below 32 to 55 degrees (F), while summers have daily temperatures of between 57 to 90 degrees.
Best Time to Fly to St Louis
Summers in St. Louis are hot and humid, but this is also the best time to visit if you want to take part in the riverfront activities. St. Louis is a big baseball town, and the St. Louis Cardinals draw thousands of fans a year. If you're planning to visit St. Louis during the spring and summer seasons, book flights early and make accommodations ahead of time. The city gets full fast.
St. Louis is prone to long, cold winters. The city all but shuts down during the wintertime and while many tourist attractions are open to the public, none of the outside activities are much fun in the snow. However, if you're heading to St. Louis for some football time or to explore the excellent museums, you're likely to find a cheap flight to St. Louis in the winter.
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Getting around St Louis
The St. Louis MetroLink connects the downtown regions and is a great way to travel throughout the city. It's possible to access the majority of St. Louis tourist attractions via the Metro, so a car isn't necessary. There are MetroLink shuttle buses that will transport travelers from some attractions to the nearest MetroLink station. Travelers can pick up a MetroLink shuttle service map at any of the MetroLink stations, or at first attraction. MetroBus network is part of the same network, but extends throughout St. Louis counties.
Renting a car is also an option. St. Louis is a very easy city to navigate and parking is abundant throughout the city. However, if you plan to drive to the suburbs of St. Louis the navigation becomes a little tricky. St. Louis is currently undergoing a major highway overhaul on I-40 -- the highway that runs East-West and connects downtown St. Louis to the rest of the area. Top tourist neighborhoods including University City, Central West End and Clayton can be complicated to get to since exits on I-40 are closed to traffic during the construction. Make sure to check with your hotel concierge or a local before hitting the highway in your rental car.
Taxi stands are located at most major hotels around the city and at common tourist attractions. Cabs can also be reserved ahead of time.
St Louis Travel Information
- Independence Day is celebrated with style in St. Louis. Grab a blanket and a couple chairs and head down to the riverfront for July 4. Grab a spot underneath the Arch and enjoy the spectacle. From people watching, to concerts and outdoor vendors and markets, there is much to do to celebrate America's birthday. And of course, an amazing fireworks display happens on the riverfront.
- St. Louis' Soulard Market Place is home to the best outdoor markets in the city, and also one of the best Mardi Gras party's in the Midwest.
- The Butterfly Garden in St. Louis' suburb, Chesterfield, is a must-see for travelers of any age. Located in Faust Park about 30 minutes west of St. Louis City, the Butterfly Garden is a delight for everyone.
- You don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate Busch Stadium. Take a tour of the Stadium or take in a game.
- Beer lovers know St. Louis as the home of Anheuser-Busch. Brewed right in the city center, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery offers daily tours, and of course, beer tastings.