St. Louis Missouri, the Gateway to the West, is the 2nd largest city in the state, with a population of approximately 2.8 million residents. Known for the Lewis and Clark expedition, St. Louis is the 4th largest city in the midwest. Greater St. Louis is known as a hub for academia because of its world renowned colleges; namely Washington University and St. Louis University. St. Louis is also home to the country's largest privately held corporations, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Scottrade and Purina. Anheuser Busch, and its infamous mascot the Clydesdale also calls St. louis home. With teams like the Rams, the Blues and the Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis is referred to as "North America's Best Sports City."
Average High - 88, Average Low - 21
Football - Rams
Hockey - Blues
St. Louis has a very high crime rate. There are safe neighborhoods in the St. Louis area, like Town and Country, Belnor, and Spanish Lake.
Central West End is an affluent neighborhood in St. Louis that stretches from Midtown's western edge to Union Boulevard. the "West End" borders Forest Park, with its outstanding array of free cultural institutions. Unusual, elaborate turn-of-the-century lamp posts and cobblestone streets add to the atmosphere of this neighborhood which first grew in popularity with the coming of the 1904 World's Fair. Perched on the eastern edge of the park, chic Central West End beams with cozy pubs, trendy boutiques, fascinating antique shops, great sidewalk cafes, and exciting galleries. It’s a little European, a little New York and totally St. Louis. The CWE provides the perfect place to relax and people-watch after exploring the park’s popular visitor attractions. Adjacent to the commercial district, tree-lined streets with stately turn-of-the-century homes distinguish the area. The West End is home the family apartment of famous playwright Tennessee Williams and the breathtaking Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, housing the world’s largest collection of mosaic art.
Forest Park, the seventh largest urban park in the United States, is a natural oasis in an urban environment. Located on over 1300 acres in the center of the St. Louis metropolitan area, Forest Park is even larger than New York City's Central Park. The Park contains St. Louis' major museums namely the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum. Forest Park is also home to the Saint Louis Science Center, the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo (free), and the Municipal Opera; the country's biggest outdoor theatre. The Jewel Box, a flower conservatory that is a popular venue for special events, is also housed in Forest Park. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the bike and pedestrian path that circles the park. During every season of the year, Forest Park is a popular playground for locals and visitors alike. The park is recognized as an important gathering place where people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds can gather and mix in a positive way.
Webster Groves is located just 15 minutes from downtown and as a community features mammoth century-old homes, interesting shops and specialty restaurants. Locals and tourists alike visit the 1857 Hawken House, built by inventors of the rifle that mountain men and explorers took to the western frontier. More than 300 of the community’s homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Webster Groves is home to the world headquarters of Webster University and the Loretto-Hilton Theatre. Loretto -Hilton is known for productions by the acclaimed Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the internationally known Opera Theatre of Saint Louis are staged each year.
The Loop is a neighborhood in St. Louis known for its restaurant, shopping, arts and entertainment district northwest of Forest Park. Named for an old streetcar turnaround, the burgeoning neighborhood straddles the St. Louis City/County line and features 45 ethnic and American restaurants, and 140 one-of-a-kind shops. Activities include watching a movie at the Tivoli; a grandly restored theater specializing in international and limited-release films; shopping for everything from vintage clothes and jewelry to hip shoes and eclectic accessories; bowling a few games in the retro Pin-Up Bowl, or enjoying a concert at The Pageant, a state-of-the-art performance venue. The loop is in close proximity to the Fox Theatre, and both Washington University and St. Louis University respectively. The Loop pays homage to some of its most famous residents with its own walk of fame honoring citizens such as Miles Davis, Redd Foxx, Josephine Baker and Kevin Klein.
Laclede's Landing, or "the Landing" as the locals call it, is a colorful snapshot of old St. Louis with cobblestone streets and historic 19th-century riverfront warehouses converted into nightclubs, restaurants and offices. For a little pice of Las Vegas midwest style, there are two casinos in the entertainment district; the President Casino along the historic riverfront, and the sparkling new Lumière Place casino complex.
The district is named for Pierre Laclede, St. Louis’ French founder. Once the hub of river trade, today this is the place to take a horse drawn carriage ride on a sultry summer night, dine with friends and linger in the clubs to hear St. Louis’ music in its original context along the Mississippi. The Arch is the backdrop for Laclede's landing and downtown is within walking distance. The Landing is also the sight for the annual VIP festival and incredible fourth of July firework display. The Riverfront Trail bike path passes through the Landing’s streets on its way up the river. On Labor Day weekend, the district host the free Big Muddy Blues Fetival.
Marina Villa is a neighborhood of St. Louis, located just south of the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. It is further defined by Cherokee Street's Antique Row on the north, and the Mississippi River on the east and immediately south of Soulard; famous for its outdoor fresh market. From Marina Villa you can see the Famous Busch Stadium where the baseball Cardinals play. And if the Cardinals are winning, you can hear the cheers on the street. Marina Villa is just a few minutes from downtown St. Louis, and the Arch. Loads of speciality shops and trendy cafes are within walking distance of the residential neighborhood.
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