I won’t lie, post-grad life has been a bit of an adjustment – if you couldn’t tell from my last post. Many of my friends have moved out of the Columbus area, which has left me feeling a little lonely. But, the positive side is that I am now able to visit them and their new, cool cities! Recently, I traveled to St. Louis for the first time, and here is a recap of my time in the Gateway to the West.
I flew from Columbus to St Louis on a quick, hour-long flight. My friend Veronica was nice enough to pick me up at the airport, which is about 20 minutes from the city. While there, we used Uber/Lyft a lot to get around. I stayed in the Central West End, about 15 minutes from downtown.
Gateway Arch: While we did not go up in the Arch, we saw it throughout the city. Tickets are $13 for adults, but heights aren’t my thing. Even though I’ve heard it is a must see, I’m saving this attraction for a future trip.
Budweiser Brewing tour: One of my favorite parts of the trip was a tour of this world-famous Brewery. As a fan of beer, it was cool to see how it is made and where it comes from. At the end of the tour, you even get to try a draft. The best part? The tour is free!
City Museum: As I researched activities in the STL area, the city museum came up time and time again. I knew it was a museum of sorts, but I had no idea of what to expect in side. well it is difficult to explain in words, the building is a former shoe factory converted into “works of art.” You are able to climb and explore both inside and outside. While not for the claustrophobic, I am sure everyone will find something to push them out of their comfort zone.
Forest Park: staying in the Central West End, I was within walking distance of Forest Park. I did not realize just how large the park was before going, so be sure to leave yourself lots of time to explore. There are many places of interest to choose from, including the STL Art Museum, STL Zoo, and a visitor center to guide you. I settled on the Missouri History Museum, and I was pleasantly surprised with the free museum. I walked back to the Central West End on Lindell Blvd, and enjoyed looking at the classic homes.
Soulard Farmer’s Market: This historic market is open year round and is a nice stop for fresh produce or a quick bite. Most of the vendors take cash only, so I would keep that in mind before visiting! For more information, here is their website.
The Cup: With my sweet tooth, I naturally had to find as many treats as possible –
I had a wonderful time in St. Louis, and I am very grateful to Veronica for hosting me! I love exploring new cities, and I am very glad I got to see one of my close friends while doing it. I had no idea how much St. Louis had to offer, and I am excited to visit again in the future! Have you taken any weekend trips recently? What is your favorite type of place to explore in a new city?