FREE | St. Louis Extended Weekend | Standard Itinerary
Check out this perfect extended weekend in St. Louis! This 3 day itinerary hits all the highlights, but it isn't rushed! You'll take in views from the top of the Arch, sip on beer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, and more! Pick and choose what you're most interested and get ready for a great visit to the "Gateway to the West." This trip was planned for a 3-day holiday weekend but could be adapted for any 3 day travel window. Additionally, this trip is a great example of what you could expect if you book my "Standard Itinerary" travel services. 🧳Trip highlights Day 1 - Fly in Day 2 - Forest Park & Gateway Arch Day 3 - City Museum & Anheuser-Busch Day 4 - Jewel Box Custard & Fly out Why this guide? 🎟️ Advance ticket purchase recommendations. Avoid the lines - and disappointment - by booking tickets ahead of time. You'll be guaranteed entrance and will enjoy walking straight in, past any lines for ticket purchases. Special call outs for combo tickets to bundle and save will also be included where available! 🧾 Location-specific packing list. This won't be a comprehensive list (surely you've remembered your socks), but it will cover some key items to toss in your bag for a truly great experience at your destination. 🏆 Honorable mentions. Unless you booked a one way ticket (jealous!), you've only got a limited time to explore. The suggested itinerary includes my opinions of the best choices for first time visitors with general interest. Feel free to swap those out with any of the honorable mentions. ✨ And finally... If you are looking for a more tailored experience with a unique twist based on your interests, travel dates, and more, a custom itinerary may be best. I look forward to helping bring your vacation vision to life!
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Friday

Afternoon / Evening

Catch a late afternoon or evening flight into the Gateway City arriving at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL).  

Drop off your luggage at your hotel (Accommodation recommendations linked below), and then kick off the weekend with a stop at Up Down, a retro arcade bar. Serving drinks & pizza by the slice, this place is perfect for your first night in St. Louis.

Up-Down STL
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This was a great start to our weekend! Purchase game tokens at the counter and have fun at all the retro arcades. The pizza slices are huge and filling.
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Saturday 

Morning

Start your day with brunch at Half & Half.

Half & Half
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Be prepared for a bit of a wait! Peruse the boutique and game store down the street until your table is ready. The food was great, including the highly recommended cinnamon sugar donut bites.
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Early Afternoon

After brunch, head to the Forest Park where you'll find several options to fill your afternoon. Pick your favorite or spend a little bit of time at all three. Admission is free to all 3, and there is plenty of street parking in Forest Park.

Saint Louis Zoo
@getawaygoose
Nothing too special here, but if you like zoos you can't beat the free admission! Hop in to visit your favorite animals and then head on to explore the rest of Forest Park
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Saint Louis Art Museum
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Another great free option. There are likely 1-2 visiting exhibits that require an entrance fee, but we enjoyed visiting the free exhibits for a little under an hour
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Saint Louis Science Center
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Free admission
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Late Afternoon

Hop back in the car and make your way towards Gateway Arch National Park. You'll need to make advance reservations - details are linked below in "Advance Ticket Purchases.". Additionally, be sure to check out the schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals so you know what the parking situation may be!

Gateway Arch National Park
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Park Grounds hours are 5am-11pm daily. Gateway hours depend on the season and are as follows: Summer Hours (Saturday before Memorial Day - Labor Day): 9am - 8pm Winter Hours (Tuesday after Labor Day - Friday before Memorial Day): 9am - 6pm Time: Budget 2.5 hours to see the museum, documentary, & take the tram to the top of the arch. Cost: Tip: Buy your tickets in advance! Popular times will sell out.
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Depending on your Arch Tram ticket time, either head straight to the line for the tram, or browse the exhibits and view the documentary film.

Evening

Check out the famous Italian Mama's on the Hill for dinner.

Mama’s On The Hill
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Expect a long wait, but feel free to grab a drink at the bar while you're waiting. Servings are very large - I would certainly recommend getting appetizers for the table and then splitting an entree if you don't want leftovers
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Sunday

Morning

Start your day with breakfast at one of these recommendations:

Simply Delicious STL
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Chris' @ The Docket
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After breakfast, make a pit stop at Union Station to check out the building. Optionally visit the Aquarium right next door

Union Station - West Lot
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St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station
@getawaygoose
Admission varies by day but averages ~$20/child and ~$25/adult. Additional activities at Union Station include a ferris wheel, ropes course, mini golf, mirror maze, and carousel, which some or all of may be included in a combo ticket
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Afternoon

Head to City Museum, a 4-floor, indoor & outdoor, kid & adult, immersive playground. Food available on site & more details in the card below!

City Museum
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Open since 1997, this museum playground is an immersive experience for kids & adults alike. Closed-toe shoes & pants recommend for maximum crawling & sliding activity! Time: Budget 2-3 hours to see everything at this urban jungle! Cost: $20 + tax Extra cost: $8 for rooftop access (there is little to no shade on the roof - if it's a warm day I recommend sticking to the indoor areas. You'll find more than enough to explore inside!)
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After you've had your fill of jungle-gym fun, drive to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a tour. I would recommend purchasing tour tickets in advance - details are linked below in "Advance Ticket Purchases."

Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
@getawaygoose
A tour is a great way to learn about the beer making process! Get an inside look at the facilities and even try some freshly brewed beer.
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Evening

Optionally stick around for dinner at the Biergarten or head to any of the below restaurant recommendations:

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Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
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Monday

Morning

Take a walk in Forest Park, stopping at the Jewel Box 

Jewel Box
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$1 admission, but the views are more impressive from the outside in my opinion
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Afternoon

Get lunch at Balkan Treat Box

Balkan Treat Box
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Save room for a sweet treat after lunch at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
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YUM! You can't miss out on custard while in St. Louis.
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Explore the Missouri Botanical Garden & neighboring Botanical Heights District

Missouri Botanical Garden
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Evening

Head to the airport for your evening flight back home!

St. Louis Lambert International Airport
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Getting There & Getting Around

The most direct way to get to St. Louis is to fly into St. Louis Lambert International Airport. It's a very small airport comparatively, and you can expect both baggage claim and TSA to be very quick.

This itinerary assumes you have access to a car, but you could just as easily utilize a ride share program like Lyft or Uber to get around the city.

Accommodations

All accommodation recommendations offer free-cancelation and are positioned in optimal locations for planned activities.

Budget 

Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station
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Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park
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This is a great option for families because the rooms have 2 queen beds
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Moderate

The Last Hotel STL
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Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park
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Splurge 

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
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Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch
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Advance Ticket Purchases

Gateway Arch National Park

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

Packing List

Comfortable walking shoes

Athletic pants for City Museum

Wide-brimmed hat

1-2 dressy casual outfits for dinner

The products listed below are Amazon affiliate links. I may make a small commission if you choose to purchase a product via the link at no additional charge to you.

A portable neck fan that let's you keep your cool in the hot summer months:

OR a handheld multi-speed fan if subtly is more your thing (and you want a built in flashlight):

My favorite biker shorts (complete with pockets) to keep you comfy on your most active days:

This flexible travel pillow that actually stands up to the test (and trust me I've tried my fair share!)

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Hi! I'm Lucy, the type-A, overly organized, travel enthused person behind Getaway Goose. I'm everyone's favorite travel companion because I'm that friend. The one who plans a trip down to the minute. The one who has thought of everything, packed everything, and wants to do everything. As my dad put it so eloquently in his Father of the Bride speech, "if you want to have a good vacation, just have Lucy go there first." I specialize in incredibly detailed travel itineraries that ensure you get the most bang for your buck and most experiences for your travel time on every single trip. You can expect detailed timings along with any and all pre-trip arrangement information to guarantee every second of your trip is spent in vacation-mode not the black hole of "what do we do?", "where do we eat?", and "when should we go?" My husband is my most frequent travel companion, but I am no stranger to planning trips for large groups of people, and all of my plans could also be modified for solo or family travel with children. I hope you'll count me as your newest travel buddy and enjoy all the adventures I have to share!
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FREE | St. Louis Extended Weekend | Standard Itinerary
Check out this perfect extended weekend in St. Louis! This 3 day itinerary hits all the highlights, but it isn't rushed! You'll take in views from the top of the Arch, sip on beer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery, and more! Pick and choose what you're most interested and get ready for a great visit to the "Gateway to the West." This trip was planned for a 3-day holiday weekend but could be adapted for any 3 day travel window. Additionally, this trip is a great example of what you could expect if you book my "Standard Itinerary" travel services. 🧳Trip highlights Day 1 - Fly in Day 2 - Forest Park & Gateway Arch Day 3 - City Museum & Anheuser-Busch Day 4 - Jewel Box Custard & Fly out Why this guide? 🎟️ Advance ticket purchase recommendations. Avoid the lines - and disappointment - by booking tickets ahead of time. You'll be guaranteed entrance and will enjoy walking straight in, past any lines for ticket purchases. Special call outs for combo tickets to bundle and save will also be included where available! 🧾 Location-specific packing list. This won't be a comprehensive list (surely you've remembered your socks), but it will cover some key items to toss in your bag for a truly great experience at your destination. 🏆 Honorable mentions. Unless you booked a one way ticket (jealous!), you've only got a limited time to explore. The suggested itinerary includes my opinions of the best choices for first time visitors with general interest. Feel free to swap those out with any of the honorable mentions. ✨ And finally... If you are looking for a more tailored experience with a unique twist based on your interests, travel dates, and more, a custom itinerary may be best. I look forward to helping bring your vacation vision to life!
26 Places • 4 Saves • ago
Free

Itinerary

Friday

Afternoon / Evening

Catch a late afternoon or evening flight into the Gateway City arriving at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL).  

Drop off your luggage at your hotel (Accommodation recommendations linked below), and then kick off the weekend with a stop at Up Down, a retro arcade bar. Serving drinks & pizza by the slice, this place is perfect for your first night in St. Louis.

Up-Down STL
@getawaygoose
This was a great start to our weekend! Purchase game tokens at the counter and have fun at all the retro arcades. The pizza slices are huge and filling.
Add to
Details

Saturday 

Morning

Start your day with brunch at Half & Half.

Half & Half
@getawaygoose
Be prepared for a bit of a wait! Peruse the boutique and game store down the street until your table is ready. The food was great, including the highly recommended cinnamon sugar donut bites.
Add to
Details

Early Afternoon

After brunch, head to the Forest Park where you'll find several options to fill your afternoon. Pick your favorite or spend a little bit of time at all three. Admission is free to all 3, and there is plenty of street parking in Forest Park.

Saint Louis Zoo
@getawaygoose
Nothing too special here, but if you like zoos you can't beat the free admission! Hop in to visit your favorite animals and then head on to explore the rest of Forest Park
Add to
Details
Saint Louis Art Museum
@getawaygoose
Another great free option. There are likely 1-2 visiting exhibits that require an entrance fee, but we enjoyed visiting the free exhibits for a little under an hour
Add to
Details
Saint Louis Science Center
@getawaygoose
Free admission
Add to
Details

Late Afternoon

Hop back in the car and make your way towards Gateway Arch National Park. You'll need to make advance reservations - details are linked below in "Advance Ticket Purchases.". Additionally, be sure to check out the schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals so you know what the parking situation may be!

Gateway Arch National Park
@getawaygoose
Park Grounds hours are 5am-11pm daily. Gateway hours depend on the season and are as follows: Summer Hours (Saturday before Memorial Day - Labor Day): 9am - 8pm Winter Hours (Tuesday after Labor Day - Friday before Memorial Day): 9am - 6pm Time: Budget 2.5 hours to see the museum, documentary, & take the tram to the top of the arch. Cost: Tip: Buy your tickets in advance! Popular times will sell out.
Add to
Details

Depending on your Arch Tram ticket time, either head straight to the line for the tram, or browse the exhibits and view the documentary film.

Evening

Check out the famous Italian Mama's on the Hill for dinner.

Mama’s On The Hill
@getawaygoose
Expect a long wait, but feel free to grab a drink at the bar while you're waiting. Servings are very large - I would certainly recommend getting appetizers for the table and then splitting an entree if you don't want leftovers
Add to
Details

Sunday

Morning

Start your day with breakfast at one of these recommendations:

Simply Delicious STL
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details
Chris' @ The Docket
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details

After breakfast, make a pit stop at Union Station to check out the building. Optionally visit the Aquarium right next door

Union Station - West Lot
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details
St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station
@getawaygoose
Admission varies by day but averages ~$20/child and ~$25/adult. Additional activities at Union Station include a ferris wheel, ropes course, mini golf, mirror maze, and carousel, which some or all of may be included in a combo ticket
Add to
Details

Afternoon

Head to City Museum, a 4-floor, indoor & outdoor, kid & adult, immersive playground. Food available on site & more details in the card below!

City Museum
@getawaygoose
Open since 1997, this museum playground is an immersive experience for kids & adults alike. Closed-toe shoes & pants recommend for maximum crawling & sliding activity! Time: Budget 2-3 hours to see everything at this urban jungle! Cost: $20 + tax Extra cost: $8 for rooftop access (there is little to no shade on the roof - if it's a warm day I recommend sticking to the indoor areas. You'll find more than enough to explore inside!)
Add to
Details

After you've had your fill of jungle-gym fun, drive to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a tour. I would recommend purchasing tour tickets in advance - details are linked below in "Advance Ticket Purchases."

Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
@getawaygoose
A tour is a great way to learn about the beer making process! Get an inside look at the facilities and even try some freshly brewed beer.
Add to
Details

Evening

Optionally stick around for dinner at the Biergarten or head to any of the below restaurant recommendations:

Add to
Details
Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details

Monday

Morning

Take a walk in Forest Park, stopping at the Jewel Box 

Jewel Box
@getawaygoose
$1 admission, but the views are more impressive from the outside in my opinion
Add to
Details

Afternoon

Get lunch at Balkan Treat Box

Balkan Treat Box
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details

Save room for a sweet treat after lunch at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
@getawaygoose
YUM! You can't miss out on custard while in St. Louis.
Add to
Details

Explore the Missouri Botanical Garden & neighboring Botanical Heights District

Missouri Botanical Garden
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details

Evening

Head to the airport for your evening flight back home!

St. Louis Lambert International Airport
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details

Getting There & Getting Around

The most direct way to get to St. Louis is to fly into St. Louis Lambert International Airport. It's a very small airport comparatively, and you can expect both baggage claim and TSA to be very quick.

This itinerary assumes you have access to a car, but you could just as easily utilize a ride share program like Lyft or Uber to get around the city.

Accommodations

All accommodation recommendations offer free-cancelation and are positioned in optimal locations for planned activities.

Budget 

Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park
@getawaygoose
This is a great option for families because the rooms have 2 queen beds
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Details

Moderate

The Last Hotel STL
@getawaygoose
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Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park
@getawaygoose
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Splurge 

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details
Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch
@getawaygoose
Add to
Details

Advance Ticket Purchases

Gateway Arch National Park

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour

Packing List

Comfortable walking shoes

Athletic pants for City Museum

Wide-brimmed hat

1-2 dressy casual outfits for dinner

The products listed below are Amazon affiliate links. I may make a small commission if you choose to purchase a product via the link at no additional charge to you.

A portable neck fan that let's you keep your cool in the hot summer months:

OR a handheld multi-speed fan if subtly is more your thing (and you want a built in flashlight):

My favorite biker shorts (complete with pockets) to keep you comfy on your most active days:

This flexible travel pillow that actually stands up to the test (and trust me I've tried my fair share!)

* * *
CURATED BY
Hi! I'm Lucy, the type-A, overly organized, travel enthused person behind Getaway Goose. I'm everyone's favorite travel companion because I'm that friend. The one who plans a trip down to the minute. The one who has thought of everything, packed everything, and wants to do everything. As my dad put it so eloquently in his Father of the Bride speech, "if you want to have a good vacation, just have Lucy go there first." I specialize in incredibly detailed travel itineraries that ensure you get the most bang for your buck and most experiences for your travel time on every single trip. You can expect detailed timings along with any and all pre-trip arrangement information to guarantee every second of your trip is spent in vacation-mode not the black hole of "what do we do?", "where do we eat?", and "when should we go?" My husband is my most frequent travel companion, but I am no stranger to planning trips for large groups of people, and all of my plans could also be modified for solo or family travel with children. I hope you'll count me as your newest travel buddy and enjoy all the adventures I have to share!
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