St. Louis, MO 63101
+1 800 916 0092 (Tourist Information)
Marking the division point between America's east and west, St. Louis is a major metropolis with a history rooted in the nation's westward expansion. The land was an important part of the Mississippian culture, though was claimed as part of the French Louisiana territory in 1678. After conflicts between British forces for the area, the land was ceded to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The claim to St. Louis came at a time of significant exploration for the United States, and was an important departure point for settlers making the treks to Santa Fe or Oregon. One of the city's most iconic landmarks is the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Park, which holds the tallest man-made monument in the United States, the iconic stainless steel Gateway Arch.