The final day of our road trip started in St. Louis, MO. We only had time for one activity = going up the Gateway Arch. Here are the photos from the morning of Thursday, June 11.
The view through our windshield in downtown St. Louis.
Tickets for the arch had to be purchased in the Old Courthouse.
The view across from the Old Courthouse.
Inside the Old Courthouse.
After we got our tickets, we drove to the parking lot for the Arch. This is the Edward Jones Dome, where the St. Louis Rams currently play.
We head to the Arch entrance.
Rob looks back to see why I'm lagging.
Our waiting area for the elevators.
Rob inside the elevator, which is better described as a "Wonkavator."
Yours truly, who did this once before in 2006 but forgot a lot of the details.
For example, I forgot that this is what the elevator chamber looks like.
I'm not usually afraid of heights, but the last time I was here in 2006 I was terrified knowing that, unlike buildings like the Empire State Building, there was nothing underneath the center of the Arch except a 630 foot drop.
The Mississippi River with Illinois (East St. Louis) in the background.
St. Louis, with the Old Courthouse near center and Busch Stadium at the left.
Edward Jones Dome
...Our next destination...
Back on the ground, looking up.
Because it was there (and I didn't do it back in 2006 or in 2009 when I went again), we went inside the Parish of Saint Louis, the oldest Catholic cathedral west of the Mississippi.
While the cathedral property dates to 1770, the current structure is from the 1830s. Still, pretty impressive age by American standards.
Parish of Saint Louis
Exterior of the parish
The parish building with the Arch for reference.
Old Courthouse, with its dome reflected in the office building.
Wall mural advertisement at Laclede's Landing, where we parked to access the Arch. It's near the banks of the Mississippi, like the Arch.
Rob's car at lower center.
Time to leave St. Louis (and Missouri) and make tracks for Tennessee.
Coming up = the home stretch, followed by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.