After being French soil, Spanish soil and French First Republic soil, Saint Louis, Missouri became official US soil in 1803. Saint Louis is dubbed the second biggest city in Missouri. The city has a mix of interesting attractions for tourists. Between history, beer, architecture, and religion, St. Louis has a lot to offer. Here are three popular destinations in St. Louis that just so happen to be wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair Accessible Destinations in Missouri
1) Gateway Arch
I remember visiting the Arch when I was a child. I remember taking the elevator clear to the top and looking out over the city. Completed in 1965, the Gateway Arch is one of the most recognized monuments in the United States. While the tram to the top of the monument is not accessible to wheelchair users, the sight of the arch alone makes a trip to St. Louis worth it. Under the Arch is the Museum of Westward Expansion. The museum and visitor's center is completely accessible with restrooms for the disabled. For information on the Gateway Arch and National Expansion Memorial, visit www.gatewayarch.com.
2) St. Louis Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo opened in 1904 and has become one of the premier zoological parks in the United States. The Zoo's "Big Cat Country" and "Jungle of the Apes" attractions have been named the best in the world. Exhibits touch on every one of the earth's climate zones-- from the Caribbean and tropics to the African safari lands to the freezing Arctic. The best part? The zoo is FREE to visit and completely accessible to wheelchair users! For more information on the zoo, and planning a visit, consult stlzoo.org.
3) Union Station
Opened in 1894, the St. Louis Union Station is National Historic Landmark. The passenger train terminal at Union Station was once the world's busiest. It is only served as the city's MetroLink Light Rail as public transportation service. In the 1980s, Union Station was converted to house a hotel, restaurants, and entertainment. The station and its shops, restaurants and outdoor areas are one hundred percent accessible for wheelchair users. For more information about Union Station, visit www.stlouisunionstation.com.
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