Just eight hours northwest of Jasper, AL is the Gateway to the West. St. Louis, Missouri is known as the Gateway to the West, because it was a place where early frontiers in the 1700’s crossed the Mississippi River to explore the west. St. Louis is now home to the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch was built to represent the frontier movement to the west. The arch is 630 feet tall and has no inter frame holding it up. The weight of the arch is carried by massive concrete foundations sunk deeply into the bedrock.
A couple of years ago my family and I took a trip to St. Louis for our summer vacation to celebrate the 4th of July. St. Louis has a lot to offer and much of it is free. While we were there the city of St. Louis had several free concerts to start the festivities for the forth. Sitting back under the Gateway Arch enjoying Maroon 5 and Montgomery Gentry was a great way to start a vacation. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery offers free tours daily that include a peek of the brew house and the Clydesdale Stables. The city museum will cost you, but is great for kids of all ages. The City Museum is a mishmash of recycled items put together to form the largest play ground. I actually got to ride on a four storey ferris wheel that was mounted on top of an eleven storey building all while an air-show was taken place around me.
It’s hard to believe you can travel up into the arch and view outside through small windows at the top. I had the opportunity to go up twice, once in the day and once at night. It was really cool to look down at Bush Stadium while the Cardinals were having a game. St. Louis has so much to offer. There are many nice hotels and restaurants, and their World Series Championship Cardinals are not too bad either! I only hope I got your interest up and you too will take a road trip northwest of Jasper while on your summer break.
By: Caroline McKellar