Downtown Orientation Walk, Saint Louis

Downtown Orientation Walk, Saint Louis
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Saint Louis Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Saint Louis Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Missouri's main city, St. Louis, is a prominent metropolis with high-rising downtown dominated by the iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, erected in the 1960s to commemorate the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America's westward advance. To see what other attractions Saint Louis has to offer, follow this orientation walk.

Downtown Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Downtown Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Saint Louis (See other walking tours in Saint Louis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: doris
Kiener Plaza Park

1) Kiener Plaza Park (must see)

A great gathering place in downtown St. Louis, Kiener Plaza provides one of the best views in town of the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch.In the center of the plaza is a pool and fountain, which contains a statue known as “The Runner” by sculptor William Zorach. In the 1800s, Kiener Plaza was home to a jail that used to hold prisoners awaiting
trial at the Old Courthouse, including slaves who sued for their...   view more
Old Courthouse

2) Old Courthouse (must see)

The Old St. Louis County Courthouse was built as a combination federal and state courthouse in St. Louis. Missouri's tallest habitable building from 1864 to 1894, it is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and operated by the National Park Service for historical exhibits and events.

Land for the courthouse was donated in 1816 by Judge John Baptiste Charles Lucas and St. Louis founder René Auguste Chouteau. The Federal style courthouse was completed in 1828. It was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Cathedral

3) Old Cathedral (must see)

The Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, formerly the Cathedral of Saint Louis, and colloquially the Old Cathedral, was the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River and until 1845 the only parish church in the city of St. Louis. It is one of two Catholic basilicas in St. Louis, and it is named for King Louis IX of France, also the namesake for the city of St. Louis.
It is located near the historic riverfront of St. Louis, surrounded by the Gateway Arch grounds. Because of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gateway Arch

4) Gateway Arch (must see)

The Gateway Arch, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The arch is located at the site of St. Louis' foundation, on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and German-American structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
One Metropolitan Square

5) One Metropolitan Square

One Metropolitan Square, also called Met Square, is an impressive skyscraper in Saint Louis. It was built in 1989. The structure stands 181 meters tall, featuring 42 floors and green roofs, and it is still the tallest office building in the city. It was designed by architects Hellmuth, Obata &...   view more
Wainwright Building

6) Wainwright Building

The Wainwright Building is a 10-story red-brick landmark office building at 709 Chestnut Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1890-91 and designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, it was among the first skyscrapers in the world. It was named for local financier Ellis Wainwright. The ornamentation for the building is adopted from Notre-Dame de Reims in France. It is described as "a highly influential prototype of the modern office building" by the National Register of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

7) Citygarden (must see)

Citygarden is an urban park and sculpture garden in St. Louis, Missouri owned by the City of St. Louis but maintained by the Gateway Foundation.It is located between Eighth, Tenth, Market, and Chestnut streets, in the city's "Gateway Mall" area. Before being converted to a garden and park, the site comprised two empty blocks of grass. Citygarden was dedicated on June 30, 2009, and opened one day later, on July 1,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Market Street

8) Market Street

The city's main street, it is lined by important buildings and, half way along, opens out into St Louis Memorial Plaza. On the left-hand side is the gigantic rotunda of the Busch Stadium, which has seating for 50,000 spectators. The stadium is home to the St Louis Cardinals, the city's baseball team, whose history is documented in the St Louis Cardinal's Hall of Fame. The neighboring National Bowling Hall of Fame does the same for...   view more
Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse

9) Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse

Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse is a modern skyscraper in Saint Louis, built in 2000. The structure has a height of 170 meters and 29 storeys. It is the fifth tallest habitable building in Missouri. It is the vastest single courthouse in the U.S. with a surface of nearly 90,000 square meters. The building design pursues a classical tripartite scheme. It was designed by architects Hellmuth, Obata &...   view more
St. Louis City Hall

10) St. Louis City Hall (must see)

Saint Louis City Hall is a large stone building erected between 1890 and 1904; it was designed by Harvey Ellis in the Renaissance Revival style. It follows the design model of the City Hall in Paris. The inscription "City Hall" can be found above doors at almost all its entrances. The main feature of the building's interior is an impressive white marble...   view more
St. Louis Public Library

11) St. Louis Public Library (must see)

The library was founded as a members-only private library in 1865 with a collection of 1,500 books. It was opened to the public in 1874 and reestablished as a publicly supported free lending library in 1893-94, by which time the collection included 90,000 books. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie made a large donation which was used for expansion, including building the current central library. By 1938 the collection included 900,000 items, and by 2014, 4,600,000 items. Nowadays the central Saint Louis...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
City Museum

12) City Museum (must see)

City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis. Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel." Visitors are encouraged to feel, touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits. The museum attracted over...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint Louis Union Station

13) Saint Louis Union Station (must see)

St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, was a passenger train terminal in St. Louis, Missouri. Once the world's largest and busiest train station; In the 1940s, it handled 100,000 passengers a day. As airliners became the preferred mode of long-distance travel and railroad passenger services declined in the 1950s and 1960s, the massive station became obsolete and too expensive to maintain for its original purpose. It was converted in the early 1980s into a hotel, shopping...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Aloe Plaza

14) Aloe Plaza

Aloe Plaza is part of the Terminus section of the St. Louis Gateway Mall. It is two blocks in size and sits directly in front of Union Station. It is bounded by Market, Chestnut, 18th, and 20th streets.
The plaza is dominated by the Carl Milles fountain The Meeting of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia


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