Once known as the Gateway to the West, St. Louis remains a major center for government and finance. Its Gateway Arch on the banks of the Mississippi remains one of the country's most famous landmarks. Enjoy St. Louis' historic homes, museums, zoos, dinner theaters and renowned Farmer's Market.
Along with first-rate shopping and dining, downtown St. Louis offers a bounty of engaging attractions. Visit the restored St. Louis Union Station, the one-of-a-kind City Museum and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, home to both the Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion. Don't forget the International Bowling Hall of Fame, right across the street from Busch Stadium.
The chic Central West End neighborhood offers trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes and art galleries. The district lies at the northeast corner of Forest Park, home of the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri Historical Society and the St. Louis Zoo. Many of the area's early 20th-century homes are on display during the annual Greek Festival, held during Labor Day weekend.
Just south of Forest Park and bounded by Hampton Avenue on the west and Kingshighway on the east, the neighborhood known as "The Hill" is beloved for its quaint Italian restaurants and Old World charm. Watch a game of bocce -- Italian lawn bowling -- at a local pub, or visit the nearby St. Louis Science Center, which contains more than 600 hands-on exhibits on ecology, space and humanity.
St. Louis temperatures can dip below freezing in the winter, dropping into the twenties in December, January and February. Summer heat peaks in July, with temperatures of 90 degrees or above. Rain is heaviest in November, while the snow kicks in during January and February. Plan your trip for June if you're hoping for sunny days with a bit less wilt.