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Previously known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the famous white arch in St. Louis, Missouri has officially achieved national park status as of February 2018. It towers 630 feet over the Mississippi River, marking the starting point of the early 19th century Lewis and Clark expedition. The park encompasses a total of 91 riverside acres, and includes not only the arch but also historic city buildings and modern-day museums. The iconic arch itself is a classic road trip stop, serving as a reminder of our pioneer history and an unofficial entryway between the eastern and western United States.
St. Louis is prone to stereotypically midwestern weather, including hot, humid summers and damp, gray winters. Fortunately, most of the exhibits and activities at Gateway Arch National Park are indoors, so the climate doesn’t matter so much. That said, the summer is, of course, the busiest travel season, bringing long lines and crowded arch-top views that can be frustrating. For best results in the summer, visit early or late in the day -- or consider making your journey in the wintertime, when there’s little visitor traffic.
Gateway Arch National Park is situated in the heart of bustling St. Louis, Missouri, a major city with a population of over 300,000. The town is home to endless restaurants, museums, and cultural attractions, all of which are worth taking time to explore while you’re in town to visit the iconic landmark.
Visitors flock to Gateway Arch National Park to enjoy the stunning view from 630 feet in the air, as well as to learn more about the important history of this part of our country -- the beating heart between the east coast and the west. The park is also home to the Old St. Louis Courthouse, which was the site of the pivotal Dred Scott case in the mid-1800s. Guided tours of the courthouse as well as trolley rides to the top of the arch are available, though some of these activities come at an additional fee.
The National Park Service also orchestrates a variety of riverboat cruises, whose availability and frequency depend on the season. Click here to learn more about the different tours available at Gateway National Park, as well as the fees involved, and click here to see the upcoming special events held on the park property. In all cases, we recommend booking any guided tours well ahead of time, especially during busy travel seasons.
- Spring 55-60 F
- Summer 75-85 F
- Fall 55-65 F
- Winter 35-45 F
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As an urban national park, Gateway Arch doesn’t offer much in the way of outdoorsy adventure. But there’s still plenty to see, learn, and do during your visit!
RV Resorts & Campsites in Gateway Arch National Park
Thanks to Gateway Arch National Park’s municipal location, there’s no camping on-site. There are, however, a variety of RV camping options in the greater St. Louis area, whether you prefer to stay in the heart of town or further afield.
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How to get to Gateway Arch National Park
Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, it’s not hard to find yourself at Gateway Arch National Park. Several major Missouri interstates, including Routes 44, 55, 64, and 70, converge at the city, and it’s also home to a steadily-serviced major airfield.
If you’re already in St. Louis, there are a variety of public transportation options available, including the St. Louis' MetroLink Lightrail. If you’re traveling in your own vehicle, however, parking may be a challenge; click here for full details about how to approach the property and find the best parking in the area.
Whether you’re heading to St. Louis alone for some urban fun or making a stop on the way to other, outdoorsier ventures, an RV is a great way to tour our country (and our national parks in particular). You’ll have all the flexibility of a traditional road trip with the added comfort and convenience of bringing your lodgings along with you. And you’ll definitely know when the sheets were last changed!
If you don’t already have a travel trailer or motorhome of your own, an RV rental is a great way to experience this unique travel style without making a purchase commitment. No matter where you’re going or where you’re started from, there’s an RVshare vehicle waiting to help you create an unforgettable getaway.
Frequently Asked Questions
Winter is the best time to visit Gateway Arch National Park. There are no crowds so there are no waits for trams or movies. The winter weather is chilly, but much of the park is indoors, and long bouts of extreme cold are rare.
No, there are no designated camping spots in Gateway National Park. However, the park is in St. Louis and there are many RV campgrounds in and near the city.
Pets are allowed on the grounds at Gateway Arch National Park. They are not allowed in the visitor center or the Historic Old Courthouse. Pets must be leashed while on park grounds.
Parts of Gateway Arch National Park are accessible for disabled visitors. The galleries at the Gateway Arch and their museum exhibits offer accessible features for the hearing and visually impaired, and are wheelchair accessible. The top levels of the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are not wheelchair accessible. The lobby, museum, theater, and museum store are wheelchair accessible, along with areas of the Old Courthouse.
Some of the top things to do in Gateway Arch National Park include taking the tram to the top of the arch, visiting the museum, touring the Old Courthouse, and taking a riverboat cruise for a unique view of the park.
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