The Gateway to the West is now an easy flight from SAV.
By Sophie Powell
From the newly rejuvenated downtown to the ever-expanding list of restaurants, offbeat attractions and sporting events, St. Louis is a city worth discovering (or rediscovering). Thanks to direct and connecting flights out of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the Gateway to the West is more accessible than ever for Lowcountry residents. Whether you want to relax in a luxurious hotel or sight see for days, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you. Here are some of the best spots in the city.
Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV) to
St. Louis, Missouri (BLV/STL)
Duration: 1 hour, 46 minutes (BLV)
Airlines: Allegiant (BLV),
WHAT TO DO
Being the tallest national monument in the United States, the Gateway Arch is definitely worth the visit. The arch is 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide, so you can’t miss it. You can explore the top of the arch in the tram car ride to the top for an incredible view of the city, or stay at the bottom and delve into the history of the westward expansion at the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Riverboats that offer tours on 19th Century replica paddle-wheel riverboats are also a fun and relaxing way to experience the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis.
This is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. With a 7 1/2-mile path, it’s a great spot for jogging, biking or walking and exploring the surrounding attractions. Throughout the path you’ll find five major cultural institutions in St Louis; the Saint Louis Art museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, The Munny and the Saint Louis Zoo. Whether you’re walking around or exploring the local attractions, Forest Park has a lot to offer.
Get ready to explore 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays. It is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. You can enjoy brunch with a view at Cafe Flora or do some shopping at the Garden Gate Shop and the Little Shop Around the Corner for souvenirs and antique jewelry, furniture, artwork and more. The gardens are constantly hosting events like the Whitaker Music Festival, Chinese culture days, Fest-of-Ale and more.
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for an upscale modern place to enjoy your stay, look no further than the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Experience a stunning view of the Gateway Arch and Mississippi River or downtown St. Louis right from your room. The hotel is in a prime location and within walking distance from several major attractions.
If you’re looking for complete relaxation, then this is the place for you. This hotel has a full luxury spa that includes treatments such as a Missouri red rock message, Missouri black walnut message and a nourished glow body exfoliation. You also can take a break from your busy day and enjoy the cigar club with a nice glass of scotch or whiskey.
Nestled in the city center, this 4-star hotel is perfect for sightseeing. Walking distance from the City Museum, the World Aquarium and the Science Center, you can always find something to do. It also features dining options such as Union30 and Form Skybar and is walking distance to many restaurants throughout the city.
WHERE TO EAT
Located in the Central West End neighborhood is this French bistro that offers authentic French dishes and an inviting atmosphere. The Brasserie resembles the streets of Paris with an entire wall of French doors that look out onto the patio and street. The decor also resembles that of a true French bistro with checkered tablecloths and fresh flowers. With a menu that features a variety of classic French dishes such as French onion soup, braised beef and duck confit, you’ll feel like you’re in Paris.
Balkan Treat Box
Did you know that St. Louis has the largest Bosnian population apart from Europe? This eatery is located in the Webster Groves area and serves Bosnian- and Balkan-inspired food. With classic dishes like cevapi and pide made with fresh bread in its wood-fired oven, you better get it while you can because it is only open from 11 a.m. until sold out.
A festive hangout offering St. Louis’ finest po’ boys and muffulettas amid blues-themed decor. Enjoy an order of red beans and rice, try an old-fashioned soda or an ice-cold beer and listen to some of the best blues music you’ll ever hear. The menu is a tip of the hat to many of the blues music cities on the “Blues Highway.”