The Gateway City is a splendid Heartland getaway, with a downtown comprised of historical and in-the-now attractions. Alton Marina (618-462-9860, altonmarina.com) (adjacent to Riverfront Park) and the St. Louis Yacht Club (636-250-4435, stlouisyachtclub.com) afford easy accessibility for cruising this city along the mighty Mississippi.
St. Louis’ famed riverfront area, Laclede’s Landing, is housed in century-old buildings along cobblestone streetsdating back to the early days of explorers and traders. The Landing boasts an array of restaurants, shops, theaters and is a short distance from the city’s foremost landmark, the Gateway Arch. A thrilling, 630-foot ride to the top of the stainless-steel monument leads to an outrageous view of the city and Mississippi River. Make sure your sightseeing list also includes a horse-drawn carriage ride during the cool evening, the Museum of Westward Expansion or a stroll the St. Louis Riverfront Trail.
One of season’s biggest events, the Big Muddy Blues Festival, takes place every Labor Day Weekend and features legendary and local performers at Laclede’s Landing.