Collecting a hire car from Lambert St Louis Airport not only gives you unlimited access to the numerous sights and attractions in St Louis itself but also the opportunity to explore the surrounding county.
From eclectic boutiques and signature cuisine to exciting nightlife and live entertainment, whether you are looking for sleek and sophisticated or hip and trendy St Louis never disappoints.
Sights of Saint Louis
Some of the favourite not-to-be-missed places in town include the Gateway Arch, the Butterfly House, and award-winning art and science museums.
The Gateway Arch is a 630 ft tall monument dedicated to President Jefferson’s vision of a continental US. Visitors can take a tram ride to the top for fantastic views of the Mississippi river and watch a documentary that tells the story of the Arch from concept through construction. The Butterfly House is a three storey crystal palace filled with tropical foliage and home to over 2,000 butterflies that flutter about freely. Visitors are encouraged to wear bright colours to attract the fascinating insects and encourage them to interact with you!
Saint Louis Art Museum houses masterpieces and ancient artefacts from around the world and includes many outstanding pieces by the popular European artists Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, Picasso, van Gogh and Monet as well as African and Oceanic arts collections. Here art lovers will find galleries filled with works by the French Impressionists alongside rooms featuring famous examples of German Expressionist art.
Alternatively, for a more hands-on afternoon, the Saint Louis Science Museum is home to over 700 exhibits that visitors can get stuck in to. Find out what it’s like to live in outer space and discover unknown galaxies in the museum’s planetarium.
Day Trips From Saint Louis
If you are looking to see more of Missouri during your visit then why not venture Beyond Saint Louis? Hop in your hire car and head out on the Great River Drive where you’ll find some of the region’s most dramatic scenery. With the Mississippi River on one side of you and soaring limestone bluffs on the other, the Great River Drive is sure to impress.
While some of the towns you come across on your river drive stand as living museums stocked with homemade crafts, antiques and historic structures, others offer more exhilarating activities such as cave diving. Explore the abandoned ‘Bonne Terre’ lead mine at the town of Kimmswick just 30 minutes from Saint Louis. Here you will find carts, locomotives, picks and shovels all left as they were when the mine was closed and flooded.