Date: Tuesday, January 23
Time: 9:00am – noon
Cost: $40 per person (includes transportation, admission to the museum, tram ride to the top of the Arch or the Cobblestones and Courage movie, and The Old Cathedral)
The Gateway Arch, a 630-foot-tall monument, reflects St. Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world’s tallest arch and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. The Arch, commonly referred to as “The Gateway to the West”, is a National Historic Landmark in Gateway Arch National Park and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination.
The Museum at the Gateway Arch – Trace the story of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who made America possible. Featuring six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit.
Tram Ride to the Top – The unique tram will lift you 630 feet up to the top of the tallest monument in the United States.
Cobblestones and Courage Virtual Reality Theater – Take a seat in our Virtual Reality Theater, put on a 3D headset and be transported to a 360° depiction of the St. Louis riverfront in the 1850s. You’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of the bustling levee and will learn the stories of some of the diverse people who crossed paths there.
The Old Cathedral – Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, the parish of St. Louis, is fondly known as the Old Cathedral. The Old Cathedral is one of the most historic buildings in St. Louis with roots dating back to 1764 when St. Louis founders Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau dedicated a parcel of land to the people of St. Louis for religious purposes that was called the “church block”. The present building is the fourth church erected on the site. Construction began in 1831 and the church was dedicated in 1834.
Tour departs from and returns to the Union Station Hotel Lobby. Transportation is via charter bus.