We’re going back to the midwest for the holidays and have always wanted to check out the city of St. Louis!
We stayed at Dr. Edmond A Babler Memorial State Park. The reservation process was a little more thorough than most, but it was a very nice gated park only 30 minutes from the city. There was a ton of deer wandering around, during the day, and night so you really had to be on the lookout while driving.
Believe it or not was actually had a lot of fun mountain biking in St. Louis! The trails were pretty flowy, but had their techy moments. The leaves made the trail a bit more challenging and beautiful.
While we were there we checked out the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis Zoo.
The arch was a once in a lifetime experience for me. The history was really neat and learning how they constructed it was fascinating, but I was not prepared for the ride up to the top! If you are claustrophobic at all I would recommend you sit this one out! For $13 a person you get into this little egg shaped elevator with 5 people total and shimmy your way to the top, where on a windy day, you can feel the arch sway side to side ever so slightly. It was cool to see Illinois on the other side of the Mississippi river, but we did not spend much time up there. I would rather climb up 1,000 feet on the side of a cliff than go up 630 feet in the arch. Never again. haha. But it was beautiful none the less!
We also really enjoyed the zoo. It is free! We paid 10 dollars to park for the afternoon, but that was worth it. There were a lot of animals to see even though it was pretty chilly. They had a lot of indoor exhibits that were fun to go through, especially the butterfly house. For the most part the animals looked happy, well as happy as they can look in a zoo, and clean. The funnel cake at the end of the day was the best part!
It was certainly getting chilly at night so having electric hook ups was a life saver! I would recommend anyone to go visit St. Louis! We had a great time!
Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley, and Ella