Having grown up in the Midwest, St. Louis wasn’t usually regarded as a top tourist destination as a child. Now that I’m grown, I find that there is more to like about this town, and there are some advantages if you want to spend a weekend or even a few days hanging out and enjoying the scenery.

The last time I was in St. Louis was September of 2015. In fact, it was the opening weekend for the NFL. Luckily, we managed to get some tickets for the Seahawks – Rams game. Sadly, the Seahawks lost.

Seahawks vs. Rams September 2015

In just one day, my friend and I managed to see a ton of interesting sites around downtown St. Louis, drink some great beer, listen to some quality jazz, and eat some great food!

Our first stop once we arrived was obvious. We wanted to see the Arch. The St. Louis Arch is the iconic landmark of the city, and while it is impressive in pictures, it’s even more impressive in person. When you first see it, you wonder how it can possibly stand, especially on windy days. However, once you get inside the Arch, look through the museum, then take a ride to the top, you understand how truly magnificent the engineering achievement is. The view from the top is incredible!

After the Arch, there was a quick stroll through the Old Courthouse. We talked with one of the security guards, and he gave us a quick history lesson. Walking through the bottom floors of the building were a little inspiring as this was where Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom in the mid 1800’s.

After our stroll through time, we took a few minutes to stop by Busch Stadium to pay our respects to the St. Louis Cardinals. They have had some incredible talent over the years, and I remember watching a few games here as a child. Unfortunately, they did not make the playoffs, so we didn’t have an opportunity to watch them play.

After a long day of walking around the town, we decided to stop for some dinner at Bootleggin’ BBQ¬†for some incredible brisket and cheezy taters. We didn’t have long as we were just in town for the game, then on to Memphis for a week of work, but as you can see, we made the most of a single day in St. Louis.

On other trips, I have also seen quite a few fantastic things. Here’s a quick list of recommended things to do in St. Louis:

BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups – If you love Blues and Jazz, and want to get some dinner along with it, this is a fantastic venue in downtown St. Louis.

Bootleggin’ BBQ – Great food downtown!

St Louis Zoo – They have a polar bear…need I say more? (Can you tell I like polar bears?)

St Louis Science Center – OmniMax theatre, Planetarium, and Airplanes! Loved every minute there!

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours – If you drink beer, this is reason enough to go to St. Louis. They walk you through the entire process, then let you drink some of the freshest beer they have!

City Museum – Wow…this place is interesting! There’s just tons of incredible stuff to do here. A lot of it is quirky, but your kids will love you for taking them, and the inner child in you will want to stay all day. Seriously, check this place out.

St. Louis Arch – Incredible views and an awesome experience.

Check out some of our other US adventures here, or look at some international travel here!