When you choose to stay at a Saint Louis bed and breakfast for your vacation lodging, you are sure to have plenty of attractions and activities within a short distance. St. Louis, MO offers more free major attractions than any place outside the nation’s capital. These include the zoo, art museum, science center, history museum, Anheauser-Bush Brewery, Grant’s Farm, and the Gateway Arch.
Nicknamed the “Gateway to the West” for the many people who moved west through the city via the Missouri River, the first leg of the Oregon Trail, it is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east. There, you can take a cruise on a paddlewheel or flirt with Lady Luck on a riverboat casino . The Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in America and is a tribute to the westward movement.
The City of St. Louis lies at the center of Greater St. Louis, which includes counties in the states of Missouri and Illinois, and is the 18th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. It is known for its French and German heritage and was named for King Louis IX of France. The first Olympic Games held in the United States were in Saint Louis in 1904 as well as the World’s Fair.
A trip to the city would not be complete without a visit to Anheuser-Busch for a tour of the grounds and stables as well as the brewery with a sampling of the beer in the hospitality room. Created in 1855, the brewery is now a landmark and home to the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
Grant’s Farm, the ancestral home of the Busch family, takes its name from Ulysses S. Grant who founded and farmed a portion of it in the 1850s. It is now home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 100 different species from six continents as a living symbol of the family’s commitment to wildlife conservation and preservation.
So, next time you are traveling on Old Route 66, make it a point to stop in St. Louis and make a reservation with a member of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri.