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1, 2, 3: St. Louis, Missouri Destination Guide

Meet me in St. Louis! Just in time to celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial, Midwest maven and travel writer Katy Spratte Joyce (@katysjoyce) shares her favorite spots in the Gateway City.

TO STAY:

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Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis (@fsstlouis)

Check in to the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, a sleek but inviting luxury property. With a massive spa, excellent on-site dining, rooftop cabanas, fabulously appointed rooms, and convenient downtown locale, visitors will have the ideal base for exploring the region.

TO EAT:

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Casa Don Alfonso (@casadonalfonsostl, @ritzcarltonstlouis

The first U.S. outpost from two Michelin star chef Mario Iaccarino, Casa Don Alfonso transports diners to the Sorrento coast with a vibrant Italian menu. Thoughtful decor touches, like hanging glass wisteria leaves inspired by Mario’s hometown of Sant’Agata and custom floors of Missouri black walnut, make this eatery a design standout too.

Bulrush (@bulrush_stl

Embrace foraged cuisine in this long awaited Grand Center Arts District (@grandcenterartsdistrict) restaurant by James Beard nominated Chef Rob Connoley (@chefrobconnoley). Try the seven course Ozark tasting menu, available Thursday through Sunday at this inventive, award-winning spot.

TO DO:

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Gateway Arch National Park (@gatewayarchnps)

America’s only urban national park and the city’s most recognized landmark is a must visit in St. Louis. After a years-long renovation that wrapped in 2018, the Arch and attached museum are more iconic than ever.

Forest Park (@forestparkforever)

Famous for being the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park remains one of the greatest public parks in the U.S. and is more than 500 acres larger than Central Park. These days, it’s a beyond pretty place to enjoy nature in St. Louis and also contains many beloved area institutions, like St. Louis Zoo (@stlzoo), Missouri History Museum (@mohistorymuseum), The Muny (@themuny), and Saint Louis Art Museum (@stlartmuseum).

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City Museum (@citymuseum

Basically your childhood imagination gone wild, in an upbeat, immersive museum setting. Don’t miss the iconic rooftop ferris wheel at this insta-perfect attraction.

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