St Louis – Gateway to the West
A major city and port in the U.S. state of Missouri, St Louis is panoramically located on the western bank of the Mississippi River an shares it border with Illinois. The city is home to more than 2,905,893 residents who make it the 2nd largest city in the state and 58th most populous U.S. city. The economy of the city relies majorly on tourism along with service, manufacturing and transportation industries. The city is home to bigwig corporations like Ameren and Sigma-Aldrich and serves as the center of the largest Bosnian population, beside their homeland. Founded in the year 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, the city was named after Louis IX of France. The city came under the jurisdiction of United States and was developed as a major port. In the 19th century, it was 4th largest city in the United States. It became an independent city in 1877. While English is the prime language spoken by majority of people, Spanish, Bosnian, Vietnamese, African languages, Chinese and French are also spoken.
St Louis, the largest metropolitan area in Missouri is served by Lambert St. Louis International Airport which is the primary international airport located at a distance of 18 km from the city. St Louis features a mix of humid continental climate type and the humid subtropical climate type characterized by hot summer and cold winters. Summer begins in June and last till August and is hot and humid with temperatures averaging 32 °C. The fall months between September and early December receive heavy rainfall, with measurable snow usually falling around first week of December. Winters can be very cold and on an average the city has 25 days of below freezing temperature. Spring season follows winter and the city experiences 48 days of thunderstorms in a year on average. The months of September, October, April and May are the best time to visit St Louis. Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis in May-June, Big Muddy Blues Festival in September, Soulard Mardi Gras between January-February, Gras St. Louis Storytelling Festival in May, Great Forest Park Balloon Race in September, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis in May-June and Best of Missouri Market in October are the major festivals celebrated in the city.
Start your St Louis city your from Gateway Arch which is located center of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park is St Louis’s landmark attractions and houses many attractions within the park. Old Cathedral or Basilica of St Louis is the oldest church in the city and is home to the Old Cathedral Museum. The Old Courthouse located on the right-hand side of Market Street showcases historical exhibits. A visit to the city is incomplete if you do not visit the Missouri Botanical Garden which has a well-manicured rose garden, an aqua tunnel under the water-lily pool, Japanese Garden and a herbarium.
Forest Park which houses the St Louis Zoo is also a major draw. Magic House & St Louis Children's Museum (showcasing hands-on exhibits about science, communications and computers), City Museum (famous for giant aquarium, architectural museum and art activities), Market Street (focal point of the city and home to many architectural attractions), Scott Joplin House (house of Scott Joplin, 'the father of ragtime'), Campbell House Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park are the major sightseeing places in the city.
Eating and Shopping
The cuisine of St Louis represents the historical and contemporary multi culture influence that has existed in the region. Taking the best from Italian, German, Irish and French cuisines, the city offers a unique form of pizza, barbecue, ravioli, pork and pastries. St. Louis-style pizza, Gooey butter cake, St. Louis-style BBQ, Pork steak, St. Louis-style ribs, Modern St. Louis barbecue, Slinger, Gerber sandwich and St. Paul sandwich are the popular dishes that have originated in the city and are a must try. Stylish cafes, fine dining restaurants, cheap eating places and numerous food trucks can be found everywhere in the city. St. Louis' world famous Anheuser-Busch brewery and its most significant variety Budweiser, is another must try drink in the city. While The Hill is the best place to enjoy Italian dishes, Delmar Loop is famous for its award-winning dining places, sidewalk cafes and upscale restaurants.
When in St Louis there are plentiful shopping options. The city is home to Schnucks, Dierbergs, Whole Foods Market, Aldi, and Trader Joe's which major supermarket chains are. For branded shopping, head to Hullabaloo, Plaza Frontenac, Saint Louis Galleria, St. Louis Mills, South County Mall and West County Mall. If you want to see how handmade soaps are made, go to Herbaria from where you should also shop for soaps, insect repellents and moisturizers among other things.
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