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Completed in October 1965 the Gateway Arch was designed to last 1,000 years. The Arch was built to represent Thomas Jefferson's dream of a United States that stretched from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast. At a spectacular 630 feet (192 meters), the monumental structure features a stainless steel facade that represents the city's legacy as the Gateway to the West. A tram zips to the top of the monument and one can see 360-degree views for 30 miles (48 kilometers) around the city. The Arch stands within the larger Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is a testament to American engineering at its finest.
This brewery is one of the most famous in the whole world, and certainly in the United States. Since 1855, the brewery has been producing America's favorite Budweiser beer along with other Anheuser-Busch brews, and also houses the renowned Budweiser Clydesdales. Tours leave around every 15 minutes to see the process of how this domestic brew is made.
Grab a visitors map at the entrance to the St. Louis Zoo and you will locate The Wild. At this wild place, visitors will find such attractions as Fragile Forest, Bear Bluffs, the Penguin and Puffin Coast, and the Conservation Carousel. To thoroughly examine all of the attractions within The Wild, you will need at least a couple hours. However, many try to "do the zoo" in one day, so it becomes important to consult the zoo map regularly, pack a snack, and bring a camera to catch highlights. Either way, it's a wild ride. - Cathryn D. Blue