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Old 08-27-2016, 06:28 PM   #1
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St. Louis Gateway Arch

Hi Forum,

We plan on visiting the Arch either tomorrow (Sunday), or Monday. Does anybody have any advice on places to stay for a night or two? Also, how's the parking near the Gateway Arch? Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-27-2016, 08:01 PM   #2
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Campground near St. Louis

We stayed here. It was nice, but catered to the big motorhomes. It was about 20 miles from St. Louis.
http://www.sundermeierrvpark.com/

We were advised to not stay in St. Louis, particulary close to the Arch, as there have been a lot of break ins in the area, particularly to tourist's cars.

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Old 08-27-2016, 08:25 PM   #3
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Yes Sundermeiers in Sr Charles, Mo., it's a clean safe place in a historic area with restaurants, parks, the Katy trail for biking or walking.
The RV park has all concrete paved sites, pull through & back in, clean rest rooms & laundry. We've stayed there many times, it's a very nice adult park, no amenities for kids. Downtown St Louis is great to visit but not to overnight in.
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+1 on not leaving your rig near the Arch. Former St. Louis resident here.
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We live near downtown St Louis, about 2.5 miles from the Arch.

Your profile shows you in a MH, not a trailer, so I assume you would be asking about where to put your MH while downtown.

There is major reconstruction going on around the grounds of the Arch. Itís nearly done, but last I looked, still a bit of a mess. In the process, they eliminated a large covered parking lot on the edge of the property. There are some small parking lots immediately north of the Eads Bridge which borders the Arch grounds on the north side. Itís an easy walk to the Arch and Mississippi waterfront.

The Casio Queen faces the Arch from the Illinois side of the river. Best views of downtown and the Arch are from the Illinois side. Casino Queen has RV parking. I have not seen their grounds, but would assume it would be clean and well tended. Itís a bit of a hike to walk from the Casino Queen across the Eads Bridge to the Arch, but I have enjoyed it a time or two.

There is an RV park on the west side of downtown on north Jefferson. Itís about 2 miles from the Arch. Itís mostly a gravel lot, but itís clean. Not much to look at, but I wouldnít mind staying there. Iíve never seen it less than half full, and frequently is full up. You may want to call ahead to get a spot.
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St Louis is a safe place for people who donít look or act like a target. If you leave your valuables unattended on display, you are inviting thieves.

If tall grass in a vacant lot with a little bit of litter looks dangerous to you, then stay away!!!! (Though I donít personally know anyone thatís been mugged by tall weeds.) St Louis is not the squeaky cleanest city in the country. There are recognizable signs of poverty close to the downtown area. Poverty does not equal danger. If you mind your own business, behave modestly, and pay attention to your surroundings, you will have no trouble at all.

The main difference between crime in St Louis and crime in St Charles (where the other recommended RV park is), is that St Charles is in denial.
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I second the St. Charles recommendation. I'm not really a fan of the entire area, but as mentioned above, St. Charles has a charming historic area. We lived there in the early '80s and worked at what was then McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics.

Other interesting things to see are the Boone Home (St Peters??); the German community of Dutzow, where the street signs used to be in German, and there's a nice local winery; and on the Illinois side, the little town of Elsah, an old and charming steamboat stop.
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Thanks, everyone. We're going to stay in St Charles. Does anyone have a recommendation on where to park our AI extended while actually visiting the Arch?


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St Louis is a safe place for people who donít look or act like a target. If you leave your valuables unattended on display, you are inviting thieves.....
I don't agree with this. I spent 3.5 years living in the inner city and I was a constant target despite having visibly less money than the poorer segments of the population. I was targeted despite the fact that I drove the ultimate POS car which at that time cost me a walloping $650. It was broken into - nothing was off limits. (I had bought the car after my bike was stolen, figuring that it might be a tad bit safer.)

I've attached an image screengrabbed from the blog titled Sprinter Camper. This was posted about six weeks ago. This is a guy with a 10+ year old T1N Sprinter home-made camper van conversion - no high dollar Airstream upfit here. Look at the old no-frills cargo van - there's no wealth at all implied by this, but tap to expand and read the caption.
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Maybe you should rent a car for the few days of visiting St Louis.

This full time couple with toddler took day trips into St Louis in their TOAD for the Arch and other attractions:

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The Arch is nice to see but..

Through out the years the downtown area and some areas close by have been spruced up. ( similar to what's been done in Boston, New York , and Baltimore) The train station, and a few places along the train route have had a face lift and there are some nice music venues, bars and places to eat.
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Thanks for all the info, everyone. We've decided to head south to Branson, MO instead. We'll use all your suggestions when we come back next year when all the remodeling of the Arch and surrounding area is complete.
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p.s. Any suggestions/info on Branson would be greatly appreciated!!
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We stayed at Casino Queen this summer and rode the train over to the Arch and back. We thought Casino Queen was a great place to stay for visiting the Arch. There is a lot of security and staff is very accommodating.

Also stayed at Branson this summer. Stayed at KOA and would stay there again. There are lots of RV parks in the greater Branson area catering to different tastes. Lots of shows to see. We saw Moses and it was great. Silver Dollar City is a good place to visit as well as downtown Branson. Did the train trip on a previous visit and enjoyed it. Avoid the main drag it is clogged with traffic. There are lots of alternative routes.
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