Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, St Louis remains as vibrant as ever. Home to the 2011 world series champions- the St Louis Cardinals, some of the biggest names in business (Express Scripts, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Scottrade, Energizer, etc.) and the world famous Anheuser Busch Brewery, St Louis is a hub for people of all ages. Many cultural attractions are located in the Greater St. Louis area, such as the Gateway Arch and the Delmar Loop. The city is also defined by music and the performing arts, especially its association with blues, jazz, and ragtime. St. Louis is home to the Saint Louis Symphony, the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States. Unique city and regional cuisine includes toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, Provel cheese, the slinger, the Gerber sandwich, the St. Paul sandwich, and St. Louis style pizza. St Louis boasts of a rich cultural diversity and has an excellent selection of ethnic restaurants. Forest park, which hosts the St Louis Zoo, the MUNY, the St Louis Art Museum and the St Louis History Museum, is just minutes away from SLU. Most of the attractions in St Louis such as the Zoo, MUNY and the Missouri Botanical gardens have free admission on most days. With its affordable cost of living and vibrant night life St Louis is definitely the place to be!
"The Arch" -- St. Louis Gateway Arch. The massive shiny structure welcomes you to the city, reminds you of St. Louis' status as the "Gateway to the West" and invites you to see the view from the top. If you only have time to visit one attraction, do the Arch. Hint: Get your tram tickets in advance; they tend to sell out early in the day.
St Louis Zoo. The new Traveler's Choice Awards voted the St. Louis Zoo as the fourth best zoo in the world! It is incredible that the entry and most zoo attractions here are free!
Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Tour the historic building where Adolphus Busch manufactured the "King of Beers."
Busch Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome and the Scottrade Center. St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, St. Louis Blues hockey team and St. Louis Rams football team at the aforementioned venues in downtown St. Louis.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The "New Cathedral" is about a mile from the Saint Louis University campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, some 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Take a tour or attend Mass.
Citygarden. One of St. Louis' newest landmarks is Citygarden, a two-block oasis in the shadows of downtown's high-rises. Walk amid lush landscaping and world-class modern sculpture, get your feet wet in the "spray plaza" or people-watch from the glass-walled gourmet café.
City Museum. Don't let the name fool you -- this isn't your typical museum. The City Museum is a wonderland for "big kids," with seven-story slides, dizzying jungle gyms and maze-like caverns, most constructed from the city's reclaimed building materials: old bricks, salvaged metal and even abandoned planes!
Forest Park. The beautiful 1,371 acres of Forest Park house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse -- not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more.
Grand Center. Just steps away from Saint Louis University, the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis is home to an array of theatres, museums, restaurants and more. Watch a touring Broadway musical, listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or enjoy a contemporary art exhibit.
Mississippi Riverfront. A touristy area where you can bike, dine, shop, take a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River, and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion or the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum.
Missouri Botanical Gardens. The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for leisurely strolls through rose gardens, the Japanese Garden and more.
Great neighborhoods for dining, shopping and people-watching include The Hill, the Central West End, the University City Loop, where you'll find the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and the historic Soulard neighborhood -- home to the country's second largest Mardi Gras celebration and an open-air farmer's market.