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World's most gigantic Arch in Saint Louis is famous as "The Gateway to the West"
Recently, old colleague and Facebook friend Raj Verma visited the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri with her cousin and sent a few pictures. The tourist site is one the famous American icons which is visited by several thousand foreign and inland visitors every say.

Better known as St. Louis' Gateway Arch, it is the tallest man-made accessible monument in the world with its arch 630 feet high and its foundations are about 60 feet deep

Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch is the centerpiece of the National Park is a popular tourist destination. The monument, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, was opened to the public in 1967.

Shining silver bright curved Gateway Arch by itself is quite a sight to be beheld as an architectural splendour and marvelled as the symbol of the city.

Main modes of transport are a 12-passenger elevator to the 372-foot and a tram in each leg. The tram-pods are small and may be cramped for taller people.

At the top of the Arch, passengers exit the tram compartment and climb a slight grade to enter the observation area or the arched deck with 16 windows per side which offer views up to 30 miles.

The museum at the bottom is a great introduction to what the arch honours and explains the expansion westward and the pioneers behind it. This museum transforms this modern day marvel into a time machine.

Besides the Gateway Arch, there are other parts to the Jefferson Memorial all around the area. Though the arch is the most magnificent structure there, there are many other complimentary structures in the area such as the Old Court House, which represent the past of St. Louis.

You can also ride a boat on the lake or view a screening of the film 'Monument to the Dream' which details the construction of the Arch. Restaurants around the monuments serve Italian, American, Seafood and fast food such as pastas, desserts, grilled food, etc.

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