A Day Trip to Saint Louis, Gateway to the West
A day trip to Saint Louis
When I get the travel itch, it’s impossible not to scratch. So I recently took full advantage of a day off and booked a Megabus trip to St. Louis. This was my first adventure in Missouri, but considering the fun I had in less than 24-hours, I’m sure it won’t be my last. If you find yourself headed to the Gateway of the West, check out some of the attractions I filled my day with. Sure, they might be touristy, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable.
The drop-off location for our Megabus was just a bonus of our trip. Union Station is a unique building with tons of food and shopping options. If you need a pick-me-up but you and your friends are being the typical indecisive college students, look no further. This place has something for everyone.
Maybe it is only me, but I had no clue how many of my favorite bottled beverages are made by Budweiser. Take the hour-long free tour to find out for yourself, but make sure to bring your ID. Because not only will you learn about their rather interesting brewing process and see the infamous Clydesdale horses, you are given two beers for free. That’s right, I said free. Take this opportunity to test some things you wouldn’t normally purchase. I did and in return left Missouri with a new go-to drink.
While it is expected to see the Arch from nearly every location in the city, seeing the city from the arch is a real treat. Just don’t put it off, the tours sell out quickly and you don’t want to miss this view of the Mississippi river, so head there early.
I could probably write a love letter to the City Museum, but instead I’ll try to stick to what you need to know. There are no paintings or exhibits to see here; instead, the City Museum is a multi-story playground for all ages. For a small fee, you can slide, swing, climb and create for as long as you want. And it gets better: There are no signs limiting the rides to those less than four feet tall. Take my word for it, don’t leave St. Louis without spending some time in this place. But wear clothes you don’t mind ruining and plan on being sore the next morning.
Unfortunately, the season had not yet started while I was in town, but that didn’t stop me from hearing all about the beloved Cardinals. It didn’t take long before I was convinced that the atmosphere during game day at Busch Stadium is something I need to experience. Here’s an idea: take a trip, go to a game and then write a blog for College Tourist, we’d love to hear all about it!
Unless you plan on Driving to St. Louis, you’re going to need a way to get around. Luckily the public transit in this city proved to be pretty darn reliable. Personally, I enjoyed the Downtown Trolly. This whimsical, colorful bus loops around downtown throughout the day and for just $2 you can get an all-day pass. Now that’s a deal every college student can appreciate.
It’s safe to say St. Louis successful satisfied my need for travel … for now.