St. Louis is known as the Gateway to the West. A major stop on the Mississippi River and just south of the Missouri River, it was the jumping-off point as the United States expanded its border westward and the city boomed in 19th and 20th centuries. Today, you can see vestiges of an affluent past mix with a forward-thinking, artistic community that make St. Louis an exciting destination year-round.
This city of approximately 300,000 (the greater St. Louis area has about 2.8 million) is full of surprises. There are renowned chefs serving up farm to table fare, world-class free museums, local art endeavors providing complimentary workspaces for up-and-coming artists, and factories that have been repurposed into art museums and trendy food halls. St. Louis also a stop along Route 66 (and the largest Route 66 stop between Chicago and Los Angeles), making it an excellent road trip destination as well as having easy to access from the international airport with direct flights from around the country and Europe.