St. Louis, MO
St. Louis was a city filled with a bustling nightlife, great food and LOTS of great beer. I will be honest that the only facts I knew about St. Louis before visiting were that the gateway to the west (The Arch) was there, the St. Louis Cardinals played there/the Rams used to play there and probably most importantly that Nelly was from there. I was pleasantly surprised with how much there was to do in this city.
Getting there: I flew Southwest Airlines using Rapid Rewards points that I have earned through using my credit card. If you haven’t done so already – get this credit card!! If you are into travelling and more importantly travelling for free – trust me you need this card.
Stay: I was lucky enough to have some friends that live in the city, but I got to check out Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch while I was there and it was beautiful! It is literally right next to The Arch and centrally located near the ballpark and the rest of downtown.
Day 1: We spent our first day in St. Louis at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and went on the FREE brewery tour! This tour left every 30 minutes the day that I visited (Thursday in June) You get to see the 7 step process of brewing beer and even get to taste some free beer! They do have other tours that you can go on for a small cost!
Eat: Mission Taco Joint – I was extremely hesitant to eat Mexican Food in St. Louis (being that I am from San Francisco which has some of the best Mexican Food in the world), but boy am I glad that I did!! This may be hard to believe, but this was the best Mexican style food I have ever had! I would definitely recommend everyone add this to their restaurant bucket list! Try – mexican street corn fritters, baja fish tacos, portebello tacos (I had 4) and the best street corn “cff the cob” ever!!
Day 2: Obviously, you will need to check out the Gateway Arch. The park area located underneath the arch is currently under construction, but you can still take the elevator to the top or head down to the Muddy Mississippi River where they have food trucks and river cruises. Drink and Eat: Urban Chestnut Brewery – although not as well known as Budweiser, this brewery has amazing craft beer and food! We enjoyed some Stlipas IPAs and the warm pretzel plate on their outdoor patio!
Day 3: No matter what age you are, you HAVE to check out the City Museum. It is $12 entry but make sure you add on the roof access for $5. You could literally spend all day in this museum so get there early and leave your day clear! You will absolutely think that the creative director took a ton of LSD and designed this museum. You will find the weirdest and most interesting rooms and activities. Eat: Saint Louis Bread Co. or to the rest of the USA – Panera (but don’t call it that in front of the locals!)
If you are as big as a baseball fan as I am, you should fit Busch Stadium into your schedule. I planned ahead to make sure I got to see my team The San Francisco Giant’s play (and win) against the St. Louis Cardinals. Right across the street from the Stadium is the Ballpark Village where fans of all teams party into the early morning hours.
Activities not pictured: Forest Park: This park covers 1,371 acres and has endless green fields, beautiful buildings and water attractions. The Saint Louis Zoo is also located in Forest Park and is a very well known zoo and admission is free! (some attractions cost extra)