Flights to St. Louis
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When you think of St. Louis, what comes to mind? Good news: the River City has more to offer than just a giant arch! Aside from tons of places to eat and fun twists on all your favorite foods (St. Louis pizza, anyone?), there’s also tons of free things to do in St. Louis. The St. Louis Zoo and the Art Museum are both free. Tired of being inside? No problem. Explore St. Louis’ Forest Park, one of the most-visited urban parks in the country. Pretend you’re a kid again in the City Museum, which is often described as a playground for grownups. Indulge in two of St. Louisans’ favorite things, baseball and beer—several local breweries even offer tours including the Urban Chestnut and Perennial Artisan Ales.
Between our cheap flights and St. Louis’ budget-friendly things to do, your bank account is practically begging you to take a weekend trip here. So what are you waiting for?
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Things To Do in St. Louis
Flights to St. Louis: Looking for cheap flights to St. Louis? We have several partner airlines that fly into St. Louis, including United, American and Alaska, so you’ll be able to fly your favorite airline at a discounted price. Once you land in the St. Louis Lambert International Airport, zip on over into the city center—or to your hotel—with the Metrolink system ($4 for a 2-hour pass). Find a Metrolink station at Exit Door 1 and 12. Once you’re in St. Louis, there’s a pretty great public transportation system. If you plan on hopping on and off the rails during your stay, you might want to get a day pass which only costs $7.
St. Louis Hotels: If you need a hotel in St. Louis, you’ve got lots of options, even on a student budget. Want a room with a view? The Hyatt Regency, at the Arch is a good option. Get views of the Arch and the Mississippi River and be within walking distance of the Arch, Busch Stadium and several museums. For a more low-key sleeping space, try the Seven Gables Inn. This charming and quirky inn is about a 15-minute drive from Forest Park and is perfect if you have a car! No car? No worries! St. Louis has an extensive Metro system, with buses and trains running frequently. Buy an all-day pass for just $7.50! Other good budget options for downtown include the Red Lion Hotel in the city center and the Holiday Inn.
St. Louis Must Sees: Wondering what to do in St. Louis? Well, let’s start with the basics. There’s the Gateway Arch, obviously. It’s the world’s tallest arch at 630 feet, and even if you don’t take the tram to the top, you definitely need to make time to go see the Arch itself. Attend a Cardinals game or slide down the 10-story slide at the City Museum. Spend some time in Forest Park at the Zoo or the St. Louis Art Museum, or rent kayaks or bikes to explore the outdoor areas of the park. Once you’ve had your fill of paddling and picnicking, make your way over to the Muny. The Muny is the largest outdoor theater in the US, and offers over 1,000 totally free seats to each performance during the summer. Seats are in the back and first-come, first-serve, so just show up early and enjoy a free show! Still looking for something to do after the sun goes down? Hit up Start Bar for a huge selection of drinks (including boozy milkshakes!) and arcade games, with free play on Sundays through Thursdays. Or enjoy bottomless mimosas for just $10 with your weekend brunch at Wheelhouse.
Food: If you want to learn to eat like a St. Louisan, you’re going to have to be willing to fill up on pizza, deep-fried raviolis and extra-butter cakes...we mean, if that’s okay with you. Seriously, though, if you want to try some unique takes on already awesome food, St. Louis is the place to be. Try the St. Louis pizza, which has a cracker-thin crust and often uses Provel cheese and indulge in some toasted raviolis (which really just means they’re deep-fried). Ask a local for the story of how they got started—there’s a variety of origin stories, but they’re definitely worth asking about! End your day on a sweet note with a butter cake, sometimes referred to as a “Gooey Louie”. These thin cakes have double the butter and are usually topped with powdered sugar, almond paste or fresh fruit. Starving after a night on the town? Top it all off with a classic slinger: a hamburger smothered with eggs, hash browns, chili and cheese. It sounds like a lot, but at 3 a.m. it may be just what you need.