In the 19th century, Lewis and Clark set off from St. Louis to explore the wild west. From then on, the city was nicknamed “The Gateway to the West.” This claim to fame was immortalized in the Gateway Arch, which was completed in 1965. Standing at 630 feet high, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States — and you can actually go up to the top.
But there’s much more to St. Louis than its famous arch. This Midwestern city along the banks of the Great Mississippi is a truly American hometown; you can take a riverboat cruise, how much more “Mark Twain” can you get?
If you’re thinking of moving to St. Louis, some neighborhoods to check out include Central West End and Soulard; both are chock full of restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques as well as art galleries and historic architecture. Downtown St. Louis is up-and-coming with new businesses, office buildings and high-rise apartment buildings. Beer lovers will want to check out Maplewood: it’s the brewery hub of the city. (Speaking of beer, did we mention there’s a Budweiser brewery in St. Louis?). Lafayette Square is a beautiful little part of town with rows of Victorian townhouses that surround Lafayette Park. For families, Clayton, a popular suburb right outside the city, is embraced by residents as part of St. Louis.
The median home value in St. Louis is $128,600 and median rent is just $975 a month. But these price tags get bigger in the most desirable neighborhoods. For example, an apartment in Central West End will cost you about $1,300 in rent, and houses in Clayton go for upwards of $700,000.
So what’s there to do in St. Louis? Well, you can start with Delmar Loop or simply “The Loop.” This street is home to more than 145 shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues. There’s also the St. Louis Walk of Fame, which boasts big names like Tina Turner and Chuck Berry. And speaking of Chuck Berry, he’s a big deal around here. The rock 'n roll icon called St. Louis his home, and residents are proud of that. The all-American burger joint and music venue “Blueberry Hill” is proof of this … Berry’s lyrics “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill” should come to mind.
Other than that, you can catch a Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium, hang out with the Budweiser Clydesdales at Grant’s Farm, visit the St. Louis Zoo, City Museum, the National Blues Museum, a Frank Lloyd Wright house or the haunted Lemp Mansion. If you’re hungry, grab a slice of St. Louis-style pizza (a thin crust piled high with melted ‘Provel’ cheese, St. Louis’ own concoction of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone cheeses); for dessert try the city’s signature sweet, Butter Cake.