Ahead of the 4th July celebrations I conducted research on possible destinations to spend the extended weekend. Of course, cities like Boston, Washington DC, New York and Chicago maintained a continual place in the top 10 list. St. Louis in Missouri caught my attention during the search process, and as it was a direct bus journey away, I booked.
I was not to be left disappointed.
I would recommend a 3 day visit to the city, but a pit stop along your Route 66 journey is a must. Here are some of the must-see sights when visiting.
Budweiser Brewery Experience
Located just outside of the city, I jumped on the #73 bus from Union Station. I undertook and would personally recommend the complementary tour which leaves every half hour. Sights on this tour include meeting the Clydesdale horses, tour of the stables, overview on what makes Budweiser, tour of the manufacturing floor and brewing process. On this tour you will also get a free sample and the tour concludes with a drink token for the outside biergarten. Why not wrap up the tour with a meal to go along with the beer? The menu is very reasonable priced and tastes great.
A great excuse for me to revisit the city is to tick off a visit to the top of the arch! If visiting for the 4th July weekend, book a ticket in advance.
Cost: $30 (Trip to the top + Boat Tour)
Forest Park:Fair St. Louis - 'America's Biggest Birthday Party'
Spend the day in Forest Park to take in the full St. Louis experience. Attractions include The Missouri History Museum (visit to learn more on the history of route 66), Saint Louis Zoo (America’s top free attraction) and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Also in close proximity to the park is the Saint Louis Science Centre.
When visiting for the 4th July weekend, activities will take place throughout the day with artists playing in the afternoon well into the evening with the conclusion of a firework display.
- VP Parade (America’s Birthday Parade) takes place on market street and is a great way to kick off the weekend.
- St. Louis Cardinals have a big following across the city.
Where to Stay
I stayed in an Airbnb just off Manchester Avenue. Great area, close to the park and Central West End station on the Metro. Also within close proximity of Forest Park and is on the trail for Route 66!
Metro is the one stop shop for all transportation in and out of the city. Bus services also run under the Metro service, so a 1 day pass at $7 is great value if exploring for the day.
Greyhound operate bus services directly into the city from north, south, east and west of the country…so why not meet in St. Louis!
Have a great trip!