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About St. Louis

St. Louis sells itself to visitors as the Gateway to the West. From French fur-trading village to starting gate for Lewis and Clark's famous 1804 westward exploration, St. Louis has long served as the border between the east and the west.


But this city of some 350,000 people is so much more than the starting point for westward expansion. It's a friendly city full of historical significance and modern culture that begs more than a few days from you. Whether you want to visit the Old Courthouse, site of the Dred Scott slavery trial, take a slow-moving tram to the top of the Gateway Arch, attend a Cardinals baseball game or check out an exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum, you'll find St. Louis offers too much to see and do in just one day.


And don't forget the city's many neighborhoods, such as Central West End, with its 19th-century grand homes and antique shops, or the 10-block art district of Grand Center, which is chock full of galleries, museums and performance venues. The Loop, the city's most happening neighborhood, is also a must-visit destination. Its St. Louis Walk of Fame features more than 100 stars honoring famous St. Louisans including Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, William Burroughs, Robert Duvall, T.S. Eliot, Scott Joplin and Tina Turner.


St. Louis also has a storied steamboat history with the first paddle wheeler arriving on the Mississippi in 1817. By the 1850's, the city would regularly see 5,000 steamboats dock a year. Today, both the Queen of the Mississippi and American Queen regularly call on St. Louis throughout the summer months.

More about St. Louis

Why go to St. Louis?

Pros: St. Louis is a modern city in every sense of the word, but it also has a deep and colorful history.

Cons: There are a lot of attractions here, so don't be disappointed when you can't see everything in one day.

Bottom Line: America's "gateway to the west" is a fun and lively city worth dedicating some energy to.

Where You’re Docked

St. Louis Cruise Port Address:
1000 Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63101

Riverboats dock on South Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard in downtown St. Louis. It's located at one end of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, just a few steps away from the Gateway Arch. There are no port facilities and no parking lot. You just walk from the street right onto your boat. Your best option for getting to your boat is by taxi, though both American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat offer shuttles from select downtown hotels. The nearest MetroBus stop is at least a 10-minute walk, and the MetroLink light-rail train is even farther.

St. Louis Cruise Port Facilities

There is no port facility in St. Louis. The ship docks at the bottom of the hill on which the Gateway Arch is situated. The nearest facilities are in the Arch, where you'll find gift shops, vending machines and restrooms. Downtown St. Louis is about a 10-minute walk from the pier.

Good to Know

It can get pretty hot during the height of summer, so make sure you've got a bottle of water with you or schedule some air-conditioned indoor time.

Getting Around

St. Louis has a small international airport with service from several major airlines. To get from the airport into the city, you can take a Go Best Airport Shuttle; grab a taxi; or rent a car from Avis, Budget, Alamo or Enterprise.


St. Louis is not really a walking city; but there is ample public transportation. Considering how spread out the city is, renting a car might not be a bad idea if you're planning to stay more than two or three days.


By Train: MetroLink, the city's light-rail system, connects several popular tourist attractions like the Gateway Arch, Delmar Loop, Busch Stadium and Forest Park.


By Bus: The bus system, MetroBus, is another option connecting all neighborhoods.


By Car: If you are driving, keep your eyes peeled for signs pointing the way to must-see sights like the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri History Museum.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The U.S. dollar is the only currency accepted in St. Louis. Credit cards are widely accepted at all shops, restaurants and museums. The best way to get money is via ATM's at banks and convenience stores.

Language

English is the primary language spoken in St. Louis, though, as with all U.S. cities, many people also speak Spanish.


St. Louis Cruise Reviews

American Queen
Bonnie R
Sail Date: Aug 2016
Embarkation point where I spent my pre-departure day exploring the Gateway Arch area which was walking distance from the Hilton which is next door to Bush Stadium!...Read More
Queen of the Mississippi
lprice
Sail Date: Aug 2015
Because of high water we left from another port in Il...Read More
Queen of the Mississippi
flip0142
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Pre-Cruise in Drury Plaza Hotel - very nice - right at the Arch...Read More
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