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St. Louis
Travel Planning
St. Louis

St. Louis at a Glance

Even if you're not meeting anyone in St. Louis, there's no reason to skip The Show Me State's largest metro area. With a prime Midwest location on the Mississippi River, St. Louis is most often recognized for its landmark Gateway Arch (part of the Jeffereson National Expansion Memorial), sports and thriving blues and jazz music scene.

While you're here, don't forget to try some of the regional cuisine favorites, like the thin-crusted, St. Louis-style pizza and local take on barbecue. The L.A. Times named St. Louis one of the "Most Underrasted Destinations of the World." What will you rate it?

What to Expect
High Season
May - August
Low Season
September - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Lambert–St. Louis International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit MetroLink
      • Railroad St. Louis Union Station
      • Bus St. Louis Greyhound
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      6,229 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      113 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Severe weather in St. Louis can vary, depending on the time of year. Th city sits in the Midwest, therefore, there will be snow when you travel in the winter and a potential for tornadoes during the warmer months. It also gets considerably humid during the summer, when temperatures rise past 100 degrees.

      Safety Concerns Crime rates can vary by neighborhood. The North City and North County areas have been rumored to be more unsafe than other neighborhood in the city. Taking general safety precautions is wise, e.g. using extra caution at night, avoiding dimly lit streets and areas not frequented by travelers, wearing inconspicuous or very little jewelry and carrying small amounts of cash.

      Health Concerns Acting cautiously in all your activities is important, particularly in remote parts of the city. Understand that America, though first quality, is astronomically expensive; health insurance should be carried whenever possible.