Named one of the 10 safest, culturally most fascinating cities in the US, by TravelSmart consumer newsletter, St. Louis features an abundance of diverse cultural and tourism activities. 

Nearby downtown attractions include Laclede's Landing historic entertainment district; riverboat gaming/casinos; Anheuser-Busch Breweryand world headquarters; and Forest Park, which features the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Science Center, Muny Outdoor Theater, and the nationally-ranked St. Louis Zoo

All nearby attractions are easily accessible by Metro Link, St. Louis' convenient light rail metro system. 

A brief description of the many exciting and fun attractions are included below.  Whenever possible, each listing has a link to the attraction for full details and information.

And then there are restaurants ...    (coming soon)

Top 10 Attractions

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours

Tour the world's largest brewery.  Experience how fresh beer is brewed.  See first-hand the all-natural brewing process and marvel at the state-of-the art facilities, brewhouses, cellars, packaging plants, clydesdale paddock, and stable, and many visitors' favorite stop - the Hospitality Room- to enjoy a complimentary tasting of the finest beers and a moment to browse through the gift shops.  The Clydesdale houses became part of the company's history in 1933, to mark production of the brewery's first bottle of post-Prohibition beer.

Address: S. 12th St. & Lynch St.

Distance from downtown: 3 miles or 5 minutes

Admission: Free

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun.  11:30am-5pm

Brewery Tour information: 314-577-2333

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Known locally as the New Cathedral, as opposed to the Old Cathedral on the riverfront.  Archbishop John Glennon began the building of the Cathedral in 1907.  Its unique design combines architecture of Romanesque style on the exterior with a wondrous Byzantine-style interior.  The cathedral is the home of the largest mosaic collection in the world.

Address:  4431 Lindell Boulevard

Distance from downtown: 5 miles or 10 minutes

Admission: Free

Hours of Operation:  Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; tours Mon-Fri 10am-3pm


Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

City Museum

Experience a magical world forged of recycled, recovered, and reshaped treasures.  Possibly the coolest museum every.  In addition to housing some of the most captivating interactive art, City Museum unleashed the fascinated, childlike spirit stored within every explorer who passes through its doors.  This is a place you've only imagined in dreams.  Visitor favorites include a giant Mississippi River Bobolink aquarium and a multi-level forest with lots of crawl space.

Address: 701 N. 15th St.

Distance from downtown: in downtown

Admission: $12 per person

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-1am; Sat 10am-1am; Sun 11am-5pm


City Museum

Forest Park

In 1904, the St. Louis World's Fair drew more than 20 million visitors from around the world to Forest Park.  Today it attracts more than 12 million visitors a year and is the home to the region's major cultural institutions - the zoo, art museum, history museum, science center, and the Muny Opera.

Distance from Downtown: 7 miles or 12 minutes

Admission: Free

Forest Park this link also contains internal links to the jewel box, skating rink, boathouse, golf course, tennis center, turtle playground, zoo, historical society, art museum, science center, and The Muny.

The Gateway Arch and Riverfront

St. Louis is famous for the "Gateway Arch," a stainless steel structure that towers over 60 stories tall, and was completed in 1968.  It is the nation's tallest national monument, and with a tour to the top you'll get a stunning glimpse of the St. Louis region from a dizzying height of 630 feet.  Next visit the Museum of Westward Expansion where you can view a rare Indian Peace Medals and weapons of survival, an actual teepee and Sioux war bonnet, and walk through time with Louis and Clark.  Also known as Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds

Address:  11 N. 4th St.

Distance from downtown: in down tone, near the Mississippi River

Gateway Arch

The Historic Samuel Cupples House

An elaborate interior of carved wood and stained glass, the Cupples House is the home of the Eleanor Turshin Glass Collection, a collection that features one of the country's most representative collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass.  The collection highlights the works of Steuben Glassworks designer Frederick Carder, as well as significant pieces from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany.  American glassmakers featured include Sandwich, Mount Washington, Imperial, and Nash, and European glass-makers including Lalique, Galle, and Mose.

Address: 3673 West Pine Mall on the campus of Saint Louis University

Distance from downtown: 5 miles or 10 minutes

Admission: $5 per person

Hours of Operation:  Tues-Sat 11am-4pm; Mon by appointment only

Cupples House

Laclede's Landing

Laclede's Landing, a nine-block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy, and machinery for the barges, now features some of the most unique restaurants and sidewalk cafes in St. Louis.  Experience the charm of cobblestone streets and century old brick and cast iron facade buildings while  browsing through specialty gift shops.

Address:  720 N. 3rd St.

Distance from downtown: < 0.5 miles or 2 minutes

Admission: Free

Laclede's Landing

Missouri Botanical Gardens

The 79-acre Missouri Botanical Gardens, rated on of the three best in the country, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden Margaret Blanke-Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses, and extensive landscaping.  The garden also features the Climatron complex, water lily reflection ponds, and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.  Enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making your way to orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads, and a number of endangered species.  In 1976, the Botanical Gardens dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in US History.

Address:  4344 Shaw Boulevard

Distance from downtown:  5 miles or 8 minutes

Admission: $7 per person

Hours of Operation:  Daily 9am-5pm (except Dec. 25);Wednesdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, open till 9pm

Missouri Botanical Gardens

The Butterfly House, located at 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, is also part of MO Botanical Garden.  314-530-0076


St. Louis Art Museum

The St. Louis Art Museum is on of the leading art museums with more than 100 galleries.  The building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park.  Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown jewel" of the 1370-acre park.  The Museum's collections feature more than 30,000 art treasures from ancient times to the present.

Address: 1 Fine Arts Drive

Distance from downtown: 7 miles or 11 minutes

Admission: Free, with the exception of some special exhibits

Hours of Operation: closed Mon; Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-9pm

St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Science Center

The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park.  The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a enclosed walkway across Highway 40/I-64.  Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.  Featuring an OMNIMAX cinema.

Address: 5050 Oakland Ave.

Distance from downtown: 5 miles or 8 minutes

Admission:  Free

St. Louis Science Center   OMNIMAX Cinema


Our top 5 area malls:

Plaza Frontenac at Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road, 314-432-0604.

St. Louis Galleria at Clayton Road and Brentwood Boulevard, 314-863-6633.

St. Louis Mills in North County at 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd, 314-227-5900.

Chesterfield in west county at Clarkson Road/Hwy. 340 at I-64/40, 636-543-0777.

West County at Manchester Road & I-270, 314-227-2020.

Our 5 area casinos:

Lumiere Place, the most luxurious of the casinos, is located on the riverfront north of the Eads Bridge. 999 N. 2nd St., St. Louis, MO 63102, 314-881-7777,

Ameristar Casino, take I-70 West to S. Fifth St. exit, follow signs, 636-949-7777,

Casino Queen Hotel and Casino, from MO, cross the Poplar St. Bridge

(I-64/40) and take far right lane on bridge to the 4th St. exit.  Turn left on River Park Dr., 1-800-777-0777,

Hollywood Casino, take I-70 West to Earth City Expwy South, right on Casino Center Drive, 314-770-8100,

River City Casino, Take I-55 S, at exit 202B, take ramp right toward Germania Ave, turn left onto Germania St, turn right onto MO-267 / Alabama Ave, turn left onto River City Casino Blvd, 777 River City Boulevard,St. Louis, MO 888-578-7289

Our top Sports Teams:

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, 8th and Clark, downtown, 314-345-9000,

St. Louis Blues Hockey, 1401 Clark Avenue/Scott Trade Center, downtown, 314- 622-2500,     

Our 6 top theaters

The Fabulous Fox, opened in 1929 as one of the crown jewels in William Fox's motion picture empire, has giant four-manual Wurlitzer organ, located at 531 North Grand Boulevard in Grand Center, 6 shows broadway series, 314-535-1700,

The Muny - grand 11,000 seat outdoor musical theater in Forest Park - time-honored St. Louis summertime tradition, Forest Park, closest park entrance is Hampton Ave, follow signs, 314-361-1900,

New Line Theatre performs contemporary, provocative musicals in the Washington Univ. South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road,St. Louis, MO 63117,

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 3 venues, 3 seasons: Main stage, Studio, and Off-Ramp, on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves 130 Edgar Road, 314-968-4925,

St. Louis Shakespeare at Grandel Theatre at corner of Grand Ave. and Grandel Square in Grand Center, across from Powell Hall.  Call 314-534-1111, for schedule, tickets.

Stages - summer stock company doing 3 musicals a year in Kirkwood 314-821-2407,

Our top Art Museums & Institutional Galleries

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd. at Spring Ave., in Grand Center, 314-535-4660,

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, outdoor 98-acre facility, 12580 Rott Road, off Lindbergh Blvd., 314-821-1209,

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), one of the city's unheralded treasures, an interfaith contemporary art housed in a former chapel, on the campus of St. Louis University, near Spring & Lindell Blvd., just west lf the clock tower, 314-997-7170,

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, modern and contemporary work, 3716 Washington Blvd., in Grand Center, 314-574-1848,

Saint Louis Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd. west of Grand Ave., 314-977-3399,

The Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Ave. in Grand Center, next to the Pulitzer Foundation, 314-533-9900,

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The Museum contains strong holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century work. The collection also includes some Egyptian and Greek antiquities, Old Master prints, and the Wulfing Collection of approximately 14,000 ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins.

Skinker & Forsyth Boulevards, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-935-4523,

And finally, a St. Louis Institution - Ted Drewes!

Lastly, sample a Route 66 institution, Ted Drewes, serving up world famous frozen custard since 1929.  A young Ted Drewes created the "concrete," a super-rich vanilla frozen custard blended with delectable from hot fudge to peanut-butter cookies to a slice of peach pie.  The result is so thick that when the cup is turned upside down, nothing spills out.  6726 Chippewa, 1 block east of Jamieson.  Open February - December, 314-481-2652,

plus 55 Favorite other things in and near St. Louis

in alphabetical order

1.  Alton, IL: founded by Colonel Rufus Easton in 1818, to the east, sits among the bluffs in Illinois, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.  Shop antique and s0poecialty stores, watch the bald eagles, and eat a a variety of restaurants, including Fast Eddie's, home to the "world's coldest beers & 99-cent hamburgers, jumbo shrimp for 29 cents, and other outrageously inexpensive fare.  1530 E. 4th St.  619-462-5532.  Alton also has two wineries and the Alton Belle Riverboat Casino.

2.  Antique Row on Cherokee Street:  Browse through >45 shops featuring pieces from fine antiques to funky collectibles.  The 6-block area is a National Historic District.

3.  Bellefontaine Cemetery:  Grave sites of explorer William Clark, Thomas Hart Benton, James Eads, Adolphus Busch, poet Sara Teasdale, the Wainwright tomb and many other architecturally significant mausoleums and monuments.  Maps and self-guided tours are available at the cemetery office.  4947 W. Florissant Ave

4.  Big Foot 4x4, Inc.  Home of the original monster truck.  World's largest collection of memorabilia tracing the 20+ year history of the BIGFOOT phenomenon. 2286 Rose Ln., Pacific, MO 63069

5. General Daniel Bissell House:  built by the commanding officer of the first American military post west of the Mississippi.  Open Wednesday-Sunday Noon - 5 p.m., last tour at 4 p.m.,  10225 Bellefontaine Rd.,  314-868-0973. 

6.  Bissinger's French Confection:  No better hand-dipped and hand-decorated chocolates than those from this 72-year-old local tradition.  Also available at the cinemas at the Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis Galleria, and Ritz-Carlton.  Ounce for ounce, Bissinger's chocolates cost less than Whopper malt balls at these theaters!

7.  Black World History Museum: has an impressive collection of life-size wax figures of famous African Americans, including Josephine Baker, George Washington Carver, Dred and Harriet Scott, and noted St. Lois jazz artist Clark Terry.  The museum includes a recreated slave ship and traveling exhibits.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2505 St. Louis Ave., 314-241-7057.  Nearby you can tour the home of rag-time king Scott Joplin.

8.  Daniel Boone Home & Boone field Village:  Missouri frontier village, centered on Daniel Boone's 1810 home, includes a one-room school, church, general store, grist mill, pottery, carpenter's and dressmaker's shops, farmstead, homes and more.  1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO,  636-798-2005. 

9.  Build-A-Bear Workshop:  A "St. Louis" good place to literally make a best friend.  Brainchild of St. Louisian Maxine Clark.  "Adoptive parents" create and name their own bears, koalas, etc.  St. Louis Galleria, 314-725-8282.

10.  Cahokia Mounds:  A prominent archaeological site, encompassing 2200 acres located near I-70/64East a few miles west of Collinsville, IL.  The city of Cahokia was inhabited from 700 AD to the year 1400 by a subtribe or the Illini called the Cahokia Indians. 618-34I6-5160.

11.  Calvary Cemetery:  Grave sites of playwright Tennessee Williams, General William Tecumseh Sherman, Dred Scott.  Many architecturally significant tombs and memorials.  Historic tour guides available at the office.  5239 W. Florissant Ave, St. Louis.  314-381-1313.

12.  Cardinals Hall of Fame:  Trace the Cardinal baseball team's history.  New exhibits include an expanded display on hall of famer Ozzie "The Wizard" Smith.   For the same admission fee see the International Bowling museum.  601 Clark Street, 314.345.9880.

13.  James "Cool Papa" Bell Memorial:  Memorial to the baseball Hall of Famer who played in the Negro National Baseball League from 1922 to 1950.  St. Peters Cemetery, 2101 Lucas & Hunt Rd.

14.  Crown Candy Kitchen:  Opened in 1913 by the Karandzieff family, Crown Candy is synonymous with scrumptious homemade ice cream and candy.  A 3rd generation of the family now makes nougats, peanut brittle, and heavenly hash.  Food available, too.  1401 St,. Lois Ave, near downtown.  314-621-9650.

15.  Eads Bridge:  completed in 1874, this bridge across the Mississippi heralded a new day for the Iron Horse as the first bridge to carry the railroad across the Mississippi River.

16.  Eckert's Country Store & Farms:  Feel "berry: happy as you handpick peaches, strawberries, blackberries, apples, and pumpkins.  Operated by 5th-generation Eckert family members with 3 Illinois locations:  Belleville - 618-233-0513, Graffton - 618786-3445, and Millstadt - 618-476-3260. 

17.  Elephant Rocks State Park:  The name comes from giant Missouri red-granite rocks that stand end to end like a parade of circus elephants.  On particularly humongous boulder, dubbed Dumbo, we3itht 680 tons.  Pilot Knob, MO, 800-334-4966.

18.  Elvis is Alive Museum:  Dedicated to the belief that Elvis is alive, or if he's not, he deserves a shrine.  The museum is a must for those who idolize the king.  Wright City, MO, 636-745-3145.

19.  The Fabulous Fox:  Originally opened by William Fox in 1929 as a movie house.  Opulently decorated, predating Radio City Music Hall was restored and reopened in 1982.  Year-found shows and performers.  527 N. Grand in Midtown St. Louis, 314-534-1111.

20.  Faust Park:  Leading attraction is the Sophie M. Sachs Butterfly House and Education Center.  Visitors stroll amid 60 species of butterflies.  Also in the park:  a historic village, the St. Louis Carousel, a permanent antique functioning carousel.  15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, 63-532-7298.

21.  Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum:  Childhood home of Eugene Field, the "children's poet" and Roswell Field, lawyer for Dred Scott. large collection of toys on display all year.  Open Wednesday - Sunday.  634 S. Broadway, downtown St. Louis, 314-421-4689.

22.  First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site:  State Capitol from 1821-1826.  Fully restored legislative chambers and interpretive center.  200-216 South Main St,. St,. Charles, NI  636-940-3322,

23.  Frank Lloyd Wright House in Elsworth Park:  Eventually opening to the public after reconsideration.  Set among grassy fields on 10. acres in Kirkwood's Sugar Creek area.  Plans include guided tours by appointment for a nominal fee.  314-822-8359


24.  Gateway International Raceway:  The site of events held by NASCAR, NHRA, IRI, and other organizations.,  Hosts the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Sears craftsman NHRA Nationals, Gateway Busch 250, and Gateway Indy 250, to name a few.  700 Raceway Boulevard, I-74/64E to Madison, IL 62060, 681-482-2400.

25.  Grant's Farm:  Once farmed by Ulysses S. Grant, who went on to become the 18th President of the United States, the 281-acre wildlife preserve and historical property is the site of the ancestral Bush family of Anheuser-Busch fame.  A portion of the grounds are open to the public to see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales horses, visit Tier Garten, and feed the animals.  10501 Gravois Road, 314-843-1700.

26.  Hank's Cheesecakes:  Serves and sells some three dozen flavors, including white-chocolate raspberry, double chocolate, and key lime.  Serves coffee and has a few tables and chairs, but mostly a carryout business.

27.  Hidden Valley Golf and Ski Resort:  Believe it or not, you can downhill snowboard and ski near St. Louis.  Three beginner and 5 intermediate slopes.  Ski school and snowboard lessons.  17409 Hidden alley Drive, Wildwood, MO  636-938-5373.

28.  The Hill:  The childhood home of baseball legend Yogi Berra, of New York Yankees fame, and also of Joe Garagiola, better known for his tenure with NBC-TV's "Today" show than with the St. Louis Cardinals, The Hill in southwest St. Louis is acclaimed for all things Italian.  The Hill includes grocery stores and restaurants.  O'Connell's Pub, definitely NOT Italian, near near The Hill is famous for its hamburgers.  Begins at Shaw & Kingshighway.

29.  Holocaust Museum & Learning Center:  Photographs, artifacts, and audio-visual displays.  Resource library and Oral History Archives.  12 Millstone Campus Dr. St. Louis, 314-432-002-, ext. 3711.

30.  Scott Joplin House state historic site:  Restored post-Civil War structure, once the home of the famous ragtime composer.  Tours daily on the hour, 2658 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-349-5790,

31.  Katy Trail:  Once the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad (nicknamed Katy), it is now a scenic trail opened to bikers, hikers, and artists.  The railroad ceased running between Sedalia and St. Charles in 1986.

32.  Laumeier Sculpture Park & Museum:  One of the major sculpture parks in the US.  Open daily to 1/2 hour past sunset.  12580 Rott Road at Geyer Rd., 314-862-1209,

33. Left Bank Books:  A rarity in a world of conglomerates, Left Bank is the ONLY full-service, independent bookstore in St. Louis.  399 N. Euclid in the Central West End, 314-567-6731.

34.  Lemp Mansion:  The socially elite Lemp family, of one-time brewery fame, endured its share of suicides and court battles.  As a result, believers say, the family mansion is now haunted by family ghosts. Decide for yourself as you dine or spend the night at the mansion's bed-and-breakfast.  3322 DeMenil Place, 314-664-8024.

35.  Lewis & Clark Center:  Interprets the expedition through excellent exhibits, literature, and educational programs.  open daily 701 Riverside Dr. St. Charles, MO.  636-947-3199,

36.  The Loop:  a University City neighborhood that has always been known for great music and nightlife.  Now the lively area is even better with the addition of The Pageant, a concert club, which opened with an appearance by St. Louisian Chuck Berry.  A diverse selection of contemporary acts play through the year. 

37.  Magic House:  St. Louis Children's Museum: At this great place for hands-on fun and learning, new exhibits include the Face Blender, Gear Wall and Fitness Safari.   516 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO  63122, 314-822-8900.

38.  Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing:  A historical marker on the Riverfront Trail noting the first Underground Railroad site in Missouri.  Fugitive slaves once used this site, named for an African-American St. Louis abolitionist, to escape to the free state of Illinois prior to the Civil War.  On the Riverfront Trail, 314-416-9930


39.  Meramec Caverns:  The one-time hideout of the infamous Jesse James Gang, the Stanton, MO landmark has become the state's largest commercial cave.  Open year-round with guided tours offered.  636-451-5400.

40.  Metro Link:  The light-rail portion of Bi State's transportation system, Metro Link is a convenient way to get around, depending on where you're going.  Trains stop at 6-minute intervals during peak times on weekdays and at up to 30-minute intervals during off-peak times at night.,  314-231-2345.

41.  Missouri Weinstrasse:  The 2-lane "wine road" (Highway 94) meanders through scenic wooded hills and deep river valleys in the southeastern corner of St. Charles County.  Along the road you'll find Augusta Winery, 636-228-4301; Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow, MO, 636-433-2245; Montelle Winery, 1.5 miles east of Augusta, 636-228-4468; and Sugar Creek Winery, past Defiance, MO 314-987-2400.

42.  National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows:  largest outdoor shrine in North America.  8 devotional areas, daily masses.  grounds open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. year round.  442 S. Deadened Dr., Belleville, IL  314-241-3400, 681-367-6700.

43.  Old Chain of Rocks Bridge:  St. Louis celebrates Route 66, America's most famous highway.  Visitors can hike or bike at the bridge, one of our newer attractions, and visit the new Mars ton Viewing area.  The bridge, now the world's longest pedestrian bridge was Route 66's original span over the Mississippi.

44.  Old Courthouse:  The scene of the Dred Scott trial.  Galleries depict the history of St. Louis from its French and Spanish roots to its role in westward expansion. Trial reenactments, ranger tours, open to visitors daily.  11 N. 4th Street, 314-655-1700,

45. Purina Farms:  Live pets, displays, hands-on activities and animal demonstrations.  open mid-March to mid-November.  I-44 to Gray Summit exit, Hwy. 100 to County Rd MM at 300 Checkerboard Dr., Gray Summit, MO, 314-982-3232, 

46.  Queeny Park: The park is home to the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, Greensfelder Recreation Complex, three small fishing lakes, walking trails, picnic sites, tennis courts, playground, hay rides, Olympic-size outdoor pool and an indoor ice rink that's open each winter.  550 Weidman Rd., St. Louis, MO  63011  636-391-0900.

47.  St. Louis County Fair and Art Show:  The place to spend Labor Day weekend, the wing ding features military and civilian performances aloft, military flybys, children's attractions, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, crafts, food, live music, and fireworks.  Held at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.

48.  St. Louis Walk of Fame:  100+ stars and informative plaques honoring famous St., Louisans are set in the sidewalks of The Loop.  Stars include John Goodman, Chuck Berry, Bob Costas, and Tina Turner.  6504 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO, 314-727-STAR,

49. The Screening Room at the Ritz Carlton:  The average cineplex-goer will have an uncommon experience at this movie theater, which offers valet parking and refreshing wine, beer, an Godiva, Bissinger's, and Ritz-brand chocolates.  After the show, enjoy the hotel's martini and sushi bars or retreat to the cigar room.  100 Carondelet Plaza, St., Louis, MO  63105, 314-863-6300.

50.  Shaw Nature Reserve:  Ponds, prairies, woodlands, wild flowers, and hiking trails.  Open daily from 7 a.m. to half-hour after sunset.  Hwy 100 & I-44, exit 253, Gray Summit 636-451-3512,

51.  Six Flags over Mid-America:  Spine-chilling and thrilling rides include The Boss, regarded as one of the country's best wooden roller coasters.  Also Hurricane Harbor Water Park with a wave pool, water slides and float rides; and Lonely Tunes Town for young children.  I-44 and Allenton Road, 636-938-4800


52.  Soulard Farmer's Market:  Founded in the late 18th century, the market is one of the last of its size in the country.  vendors sell flowers, fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, spices, etc.  To witness the real hustle bustle, go on a Saturday morning: arrive really for the best finds.  Located a stone's throw from Anheuser-Busch.  730 Carroll St. St. Louis, MO  63104  314-622-4180.

53.  Stone Hill Winery & Restaurant: The largest and most-awarded winery in Missouri and the 4th-most awarded winery in the country, Stone Hill in Hermann, MO, also draws visitors with its Vintage Restaurant,in located in a former carriage house and horse barns.  Daily winery tours.  800-909-9463. Stop by the Hermannhof Winery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places  800-393-0100.

54.  Uncle Bill's Pancake & Dinner House:  Fruit-smothered pancakes, Belgian waffles, cream-filled crepes, accompanied by bacon and sausage, and most other items on the menu available 24 hours a day.  14196 Manchester Road, Manchester, MO  63011 314-394-1416; 3427 Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO  63139, 314-832-1973; 4000 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO  63129, 314-845-0660.

55.  Union Station: Once the world's largest, busiest rail terminal, Union Station now numbers among America's great retail marketplaces.  Opened in 1894, the station ceased operations as an active terminal in 1978, then reopened in 1986 as the largest "adaptive reuse" project in the country. 

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