St. Louis - Visual Journey...Missouri
 
   
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The 630-foot Gateway Arch is the nation's tallest monument.  It commemorates the westward expansion that made St. Louis the Gateway to the West.  There is a museum in the visitor's center and an award-winning film, "Monument To The Dream", can be viewed showing how the Gateway Arch was built.  The museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer.
A tram system carries visitors to an observation room at the top.  Windows give you a spectacular, 30-mile panoramic view to the west and east above the Mississippi.  Tram hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. in winter; 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. in summer.    
 
   
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The Missouri Botanical Garden at 4344 Shaw has beautiful gardens featuring the world's first geodesic dome, woodland and scented gardens and the largest traditional Japanese garden in North America.  Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week (closed Christmas); Memorial Day to Labor Day: open Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m.
The St. Louis Art Museum was the Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World's Fair and is today considered to be among the leading art museums in the country.  Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Closed Monday.  
 
   
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The St. Louis Zoo has many animals including this newly born giraffe and mother.  Admission is free and the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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