Mississippi River History Tour - St. Louis Region

If you like history and you love Lewis and Clark spend a few hours in the St. Louis and Alton region to immerse yourself in everything Mississippi!

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Gateway Arch
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Gateway Arch
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
The iconic Gateway Arch is the gateway to the West. Enjoy this engineering marvel and scenic views of the Mississippi River. Adventurers can take a tour to the top and get a birds eye view of St. Louis.

America’s tallest man-made monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for 50 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role…

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Old Courthouse
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Old Courthouse
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site
Explore the Old Courthouse, a historical landmark where Dred and Harriet Scott sued for freedom from slavery and Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote. Explore exhibits describing how St. Louis served as a hub for early settlers moving west.

Explore a significant part of U.S. history when you visit the Old Courthouse, which was built between 1839 and 1862. Tour this architectural masterpiece with restored courtrooms and experience a time and place where Dred and Harriet Scott sued…

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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
A transformation is taking place and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will be refreshed and renewed for the enjoyment of visitors to the site. Visitors will be able to walk on new trails, enjoy native plants, and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.  The Jefferson National…

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Ballpark Village
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Ballpark Village
Food or Drink | Bar, Saloon or Tavern
Something for everyone. You will enjoy having lunch at Ballpark Village. A variety of options await. Take a break, relax, enjoy!

Welcome to Ballpark Village the newest dining and entertainment district in St. Louis and the Missouri area. This is the first ever sports anchored entertainment district located next to Busch Stadium home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Come join us…

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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site
The Interpretive Center focuses on the often untold Illinois story of Lewis and Clark. Exhibits discuss the preliminary information and knowledge gathered on the land west of the Mississippi River and the preparations, expectations, and anticipations for the expedition. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site was designated as the location for one of the National Signature Events for the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. This national event occurred on May 14, 2004 and marked the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the journey from Lewis and Clark's winter camp in Illinois.

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, located in Hartford, Illinois, commemorates Camp River Dubois, the camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1803 to May 1804. The site is National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis and Clark National…

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1 Gateway Arch
2 Old Courthouse
3 Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
4 Ballpark Village
5 Lewis & Clark State Historic Site