The Gateway Arch is located in downtown St. Louis City right along the banks of the Mississippi River. It is the tallest man made monument in the Western Hemisphere and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. The Arch stands at 630 feet tall and is clad in stainless steel.
Construction began on the Gateway Arch in February of 1963 and was completed at the end of October in 1965. It was designed by Finnish-American Eero Saarinen 1947 and it is the tallest arch in the world. The Gateway Arch was built as a monument to Western Expansion and has been dedicated to the American people and is often referred to as “The Gateway to the West.”
The Gateway Arch is a internationally recognized tourist attraction and and opened to the public in June of 1967. The Gateway Arch National Park has just been redesigned and construction completed to connect the park to downtown St. Louis in an effort to make the park more accessible to the public. You are able to take an elevator ride to the top of the Gateway Arch and their is a viewing area at the very top, which is a very popular attraction for people all across the country.