On October 28, 1965 the last stainless steel section of the St. Louis Arch was secured and a national monument symbolizing the “gateway to the west” was born. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial museum, the tram ride to the top of the Arch and the magnificent view are things you and your family won’t soon forget. The view is especially enjoyable on a clear day in the fall when all the leaves change colors. To get the most out of your visit here are some things to keep in mind.
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial spans several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Magnificent views mean great photo opportunities so you’ll want to bring a camera or have your cell phone’s camera ready.
Because the tram ride to the top of the Arch is so popular you’ll want to arrive early to avoid lines and allow 30–45 minutes for security checks. The security checkpoint at the Arch is similar to the one at the airport except you’re allowed to keep your shoes on. Remember, the lighter you pack, the quicker you’ll get through security.
Everyone who plans to ride the tram to the top of the Arch must have a ticket. Consider purchasing a Journey to the Top ticket which includes the tram ride to the top and the documentary film, Monument to the Dream. If you prefer not to ride the tram to the top of the Arch, you can purchase the Arch Entry-Only ticket which gives you access to the Gateway Arch facility and admission to the film.
Happy 50th Birthday to the St. Louis Arch!