Family Travel: St. Louis Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

I can recall the very first time I saw the 630-foot-high St. Louis Gateway Arch. It was 1981 and my family was on a road trip from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Omaha, Nebraska where my parents were going to drop off us kids at my grandparents' house before going on to Calgary, Canada. The Arch dominated the St. Louis skyline as we zipped along the highway and from the moment my eyes first saw the Arch my curiosity was piqued. My parents told us people could go up the uniquely shaped structure and look at the city. It was then that I asked (okay, being a first grader I likely begged) if we could stop and go up. The answer was a flat no since we were on a schedule and my parents had to be in Canada by a certain day. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. Naturally, my [Read more]

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