Guide to visiting St. Louis

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Best of St. Louis 
 
         Gateway Arch, Old Cathedral, Old Courthouse, Museum of Westward Expansion ... buy tickets online ahead of time: http://www.stlouisarch.com
         Baseball Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, all at Busch Stadium http://www.stlcardinals.com
         Zoo in Forest Park , ranked 3rd in US -- FREE
         Anheuser-Busch (InBev) brewery tours, Clydesdales
         Art Museum in Forest Park: FREE
         Botanical Gardens - ride tram, feed carp, splash in fountains, tour Climatron
         Butterfly House in Faust Park in Chesterfield
         Cahokia Mounds (IL), ancient burial and archeological site
         Cathedral Basilica (New Cathedral) and Mosaic Museum
         City Museum - American house of whimsy; tree fort, sand castle
         EdwardJones Dome, home of St. Louis Rams football
         Fox Theatre, concert and Broadway musical venue
         Gateway Arch Riverboats
         Grant's Farm, Busch estate with rides, animals, Clydesdales
         Lewis & Clark Historic Site in IL, but MANY other L&C sites throughout area     
         Magic House in Kirkwood -- kids' fave
         Meramec Caverns, SW on I-44
         Missouri History Museum, including Lindbergh exhibit 
         Muny, outdoor Broadway musical venue in Forest Park (summer)
         Purina Farms (June-August)
         Raging Rivers, water park in Grafton, IL (45 min. from Arch)
         Repertory Theatre, Webster University
         Science Center (700 hands-on activities) - FREE! including Planetarium
         Scott Trade Center -- Blues hockey
         Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL ... impressive light display at Xmas
         Six Flags in Eureka
         Symphony, at Powell Hall
         Transportation Museum
         Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre - summer outdoor concert venue
         Union Station, national historical landmark
 
Other Specialties
         Adrenaline Zone/Demolition Ball arena, St. Charles
         American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, Town & Country
         Bellefontaine Cemetery, famous grave sites (e.g., William Clark)
         Black Madonna Shrine, Eureka
         Black World History Wax Museum
         Blueberry Hill - great burgers, toasted ravioli, collectible '50s stuff
         Boat rides in Forest Park
         Bonne Terre Mine/West End Diving
         Calvary Cemetery, gravesite of Dred Scott, Tennessee Williams
         Historic homes, including Campbell House Museum, Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, Daniel Boone Home (Defiance), Gen. Daniel Bissell House historic home,
         Casinos along the rivers in MO & IL
         Central West End for lunch; drive through Portland Place, Westmoreland Place
         Challenger Learning Center (space simulation)
         Cherokee Lemp Historic District  (Antique Row)
         Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church
         Concordia Historical Institute (Lutheranism)
         Crown Candy Kitchen, old-fashioned sweet shop
         Culture: Art Museum, Pulitzer Foundation, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Contemporary Art Museum, Opera Theatre
         Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum                                     
         Gateway Classic Walk of Fame, honoring famous African-Americans from St. Louis
         Golden Eagle Ferry & River Museum (Mississippi River)
         Hidden Valley ski trails and polar plunge 
         Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, Earth City
         Holocaust Museum
         Jazz - at Blueberry Hill or Westport Playhouse, Broadway Oyster Bar, BB's Jazz
         Jefferson Barracks Historic Park/National Cemetery
         Kemp Auto Museum
         Kimmswick, historic river town
         Loop (Delmar Blvd. where streetcar used to "loop") eclectic entertainment district in University City near Washington University, featuring the Saint Louis Walk of Fame
         Maeystown, IL, 19th century German village
         Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial
         Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
         Old Town St. Charles Main Street), including First Missouri State Capitol
         Pere Marquette Lodge and State Park, Grafton, IL
         Railway [Wabash, Frisco & Pacific] -- (miniature steam train runs along Missouri River bluffs)
         Route 66: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Ted Drewes, Museum of Transportation, Route 66 State Park
         Scott Joplin House
         Shuttle Bug tour connecting Forest Park sights
         Soulard neighborhood for dinner and nightlife, farmer's market
         Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
         St. Louis University
         St. Louis World's Fair (1904) remnants 
            -         Rent video of "Meet Me in St. Louis" 
            -         Forest Park Pavilion; Art Museum built from Fair profits 
            -         Birthplace of hot dog in a bun - try a wiener at Woofies
         The Hill - Italian neighborhood for dinner - try the toasted ravioli
         Trolley tour
         Union Station
         World Bird Sanctuary, SW county
         Washington University
         Wineries: Mount Pleasant (Augusta), Crown Valley (Ste. Genevieve)
         Zoos, other:
          -         World Aquarium, downtown
          -         Grant's Farm, Grantwood
          -         Emerson Children's Zoo in Forest Park
          -         Suson Park Animal Farm, SW county 
          -         Eckert's Farm, Millstadt, IL
         Made in St. Louis:
          -         antacids: Tums
          -         dog chow: Ralston Purina Checkerboard Square
          -         suds: Anheuser-Busch
          -         warplanes: Boeing7 up
          -        Switzer's licorice

Other Things for Kids
         Butterfly House in Faust Park - 2,000 in free flight
         Children's Aquarium ... might be better named "children's nature center"
         COCA - call for a rundown of fun cultural activities
         Eckert's Country Store and Farms Fun Corral in Belleville, IL - pick fruit in season
         Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum
         Faust Park, Chesterfield, with carousel, butterfly house
         Grand Prix Speedways, Earth City
         Ice skate at one of the County Parks (winter)
         Laser Force Laser Tag Zone, Caseyville, IL
         Lone Elk County Park ... see bison, elk and deer up close
         NASCAR Speed Park at St. Louis Mills
         Omnimax: blow-you-away movie
         Powder Valley Conservation Center (Kirkwood)
         Route 66 Family Fun Center (Shrewsbury)
         Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym
         Worldways Children's Museum: other cultures combined with fun
         Cycling: 6 great trails:
          1.        Riverfront Trail (I-270 to Riverview Drive)
          2.        Grant's Trail (Gravois Creek flood plain)
          3.        Sam Vadalabene Great River Road (Pere Marquette Park)
          4.        Forest Park (outer loop or inner loop)
          5.        Creve Coeur Park (around Creve Coeur Lake)
          6.        Madison County Transit's Nature Trail (through SIU Edw.)
 
Lodging Downtown
 
         Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, pricey but worth it
         Drury Inn, across from Union Station; clean, comfortable, affordable
         Drury Plaza, 4th and Market, dynamite lobby; renovated fur exchange building
         Embassy Suites on Laclede's Landing - reasonable
         Four Seasons St. Louis 
         Hampton Inn near Union Station -- indoor pool and hot tub
        St. Louis Union Station Hotel by Doubletree, pricey but at the center of the action
        Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
         Millennium Riverfront, nice, near stadium, outdoor pool ... rooms on the small side
         Omni Majestic - nice rooms, underwhelming food
         Radisson - newly renovated former Holiday Inn near Arch, high end
         Renaissance Suites - new in 2002
         Renaissance Grand Downtown, Marriott Hotel across from the convention center
         Sheraton - warehouse renovation
        St. Ignacio, new hotel near St. Louis U campus
         Westin - newer property near baseball stadium
         Wyndham Mayfair - 4-star
 
Lodging near Washington U. (in Clayton, first suburb to west)
         Cheshire Inn, Clayton - a little pricey, excellent food, location and accommodations
         Chase Hotel, Central West End, a sort of European boutique hotel, great restaurants
         Homewood Suites Galleria
        Moonrise, boutique hotel on Delmar, good restaurant
         Parkway Hotel, Central West End, new in 2004
         Ritz-Carlton (very pricey) Clayton
         Seven Gables Inn
 
Good tour information and discounts at:
 
http://www.beatourist.com/
 
http://www.bigthankyou.org/default2.asp
 
Golf: St. Louis Metro area
 
Missouri Best
Tapawingo National Golf C...   Public      
 
Missouri Good
Crystal Highlands Golf Cl...      Public               
Forest Park Golf Course          Public      
Normandie Golf Course            Public      
Quail Creek Golf Course          Public      
Ruth Park Golf Course              Public      
                
Illinois Best
Spencer T Olin Community Public      
Stonewolf Golf Club Public      
Annbriar Golf Club Public      
Rend Lake Golf Course (east)  Public      
                
Illinois Good
Clinton Hill Country Club          Semi-Private            
Orchards Golf Course               Public      
Gateway National Golf Lin...     Public      
Belk Park Golf Course              Public      
 
Fall Color Tour
         Highway 94 from St. Charles to Jefferson County
         Highway 21 loops S, W and N to I-44
         Crowley's Ridge, from Missouri Bootheel into NE Arkansas
         SW Missouri loop, starting at Forsyth
         Shawnee Nat'l Forests in southern ILL
         Spoon River Valley scenic drive (ILL)
         Alton to Kampsville on Highway 100 (ILL)
 
MetroLink info:
http://www.bi-state.org/MetroLinkmapNew.html
 
What is the climate like in summer?
         Typically St. Louis is hot in summer ...
         High 80s or early 90s.  And yes, humid.
         Occasional "Chamber of Commerce" weather -- 70s everyday. 
         http://www.weather.com/weather/cities/us_mo_saint_louis.html
 
What are some good radio stations? 
         93x - Alternative
         94.7 KSHE95 "Real Rock Radio"
         96.3 KHITS
         98.8 - Y98 FM
         101.1 The River, today's best music
         102.5 Adult soft rock
         103.3 - Oldies
         105.7 The Point, new rock alternative
         1120 - KMOX AM -- Cardinal baseball and all talk radio
 
Month-Avg.High-Avg. Low
January
37.7 F
21.5 F
February
42.6 F
25.4 F
March
54.6 F
34.4 F
April
66.9 F
45.9 F
May
76.1 F
55.4 F
June
85.2 F
65.2 F
July
89.3 F
69.4 F
August
87.3 F
67.4 F
September
79.9 F
59.3 F
October
68.5 F
47.8 F
November
54.7 F
36.1 F
December
41.7 F
26.3 F
 
Restaurants
 
Some favorites in town:
         1111 Mississippi
         Al's -- Italian/steak
         Blueberry Hill  -- great bar food, kitschy atmosphere (Howdy Doody, Elvis, etc.)
         Cunetto's  -- good pasta on the Hill  
         Dominic's or Giovanni's  -- best among 100 Italian restaurants
         Kemoll's -- formal/informal sides of classic Italian
         Panorama  -- good food at Art Museum
         O'Connell's  -- THE best burgers, Irish pub atmosphere 
         Pappy's Smokehouse -- top notch BBQ
         Robust, eclectic eating in Webster Groves 
         Tony's -- traditional 5-star
         Tratorria Marcella's -- mighty fine pasta, make a reservation now
         Vin de Set -- new, with great deck overlooking Arch and downtown St. Louis

Top Cheap Eats
         Blueberry Hill 
         Crown Candy Kitchen
         El Maguey (Mexican)
         Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton (IL)
         Hodak's
         O'Connell's  -- THE best burgers, Irish pub atmosphere 
         Pho Grand
         St. Louis Bread Company (Panera)
         Steak N Shake
         White Castle
 
Other:                              
Annie Gunn's                   
Arcelia's Mexican         
Bristol      
Broadway Oyster Bar                           
Cafe Provencale                      
Canyon Cafe                   
Cardwell's                         
Charcoal House      
Charlie Gitto's         
Citizen Kane's
Duffy's  
Eau
Frazer's Brown Bag
Gardens at Malmaison (rural)    
 Gian-Tony's                                
Giuseppe's                        
Hacienda
Harry's Bar                      
Harvest      
I Fratellini       
Llywelyn's
LoRusso's                         
McGurk's Irish Pub
Morton's
Remys        
Sidney St. Cafe        
Tenderloin Room
Trainwreck    
Venice Cafe                     
Village Bar                                
Zoe's Pan Asian
 
For Kids
 
Blueberry Hill
Spaghetti Factory on the Landing
Tucker's in the Soulard Market
"Hill" area
 
Specialties 
         Gooey butter cake
         Imo's Pizzas (thin crust, provel cheese)
         Pork steaks
         Provel cheese
         Steak & Shake steakburgers
         Ted Drewes, VERY famous frozen custard, mobbed at 10 pm but line moves quickly
         Toasted ravioli
         White Castle "bellybomber" - hamburger for the strong of spirit
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