Cheap Flights to St Louis
Called the "Gateway to the West," St. Louis is best known for its
staggering Arch monument among the downtown high-rises. But two other
staples of the city are loved by locals and tourists alike: baseball
and beer. The St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) play in a downtown stadium, and
Anheuser-Busch, founded in St. Louis, has its largest brewery minutes
Like the Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams (NFL) and St. Louis Blues
(NHL) teams have strong fan followings. During a home game, expect
crowds on the streets, restaurants and nearby bars.
Budget-conscious travelers will find this city affordable: There
are many free or low-cost activities. Plus, the city is divided into
dozens of distinctive neighborhoods, from historic Soulard to the
upscale Central West End. Several have parks or downtown areas worth a
Beer (and history) lovers will find
plenty of iconic buildings, tours and events. Anheuser-Busch InBev's
brewery, opened in 1852, stands as a cultural symbol of the city. In
its shadow, microbreweries have cropped up in nearby neighborhoods and
brew their own concoctions.
Some of the original buildings still stand from the 1904 World's
Fair and can be seen at one of the city's largest parks, Forest Park.
The park also boasts the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum and
outdoor Muny Opera house. Several offer free admission at certain
Other historic sites include the Missouri Botanical Garden and
Union Station, once a train terminal that's now a hotel and shopping
When to Go
Temperatures tend to be mildest in
March and April, and then again in November and December. These are the
most desirable times to catch baseball or football games, before the
summer heat or the wintery weather sets in. Many visitors also come
during January and February, when the city hosts its annual Mardi Gras
- one of the largest outside of New Orleans. To avoid crowds, visit in
the humid summer months, and stop in one of the local breweries for a
How to Get There
More than a dozen major
airlines serve Lambert
International Airport. Downtown St. Louis is a 20-minute drive away.
The easiest way to get around the city is with a rental car.
Take a ride to the top of the
630-foot-tall Gateway Arch. Get the best views of the city, Mississippi
River and surrounding towns with this must-do landmark attraction.
Another adrenaline rush can be found at Six Flags St. Louis, the
nearest theme and water park. About 30 miles from downtown, the park is
open daily from mid-May to mid-August and on other select dates from
Anheuser-Busch InBev's brewery offers free daily tours. Guests
can see the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses, learn how beer is made
and bottled, and enjoy Anheuser-Busch products after the tour.
Grant's Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family
that's now home to more than 1,000 animals, is another visitor
favorite. Admission to the family-friendly farm, tram rides and animal
shows are free.