Oh, no, we thought.
The Gateway Arch website won’t sell us any tickets.
Five of us wanted to go fully appreciate the landmark after the Library and Marketing Conference 2019 had concluded.
We’d witnessed the majesty from the adjacent Hyatt Regency at the Arch often during our stay.
Let’s walk over and see if we can buy tickets at the gate, I mused to the library gang.
We were excited to try.
Five tickets for the 4:20 excursion up, coming right up. Tickets are closed out online two hours before trip time, the kind clerk responded to my query.
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After going through a TSA-style check-in before entering the National Park, we walked through the museum and an elaborate foyer.
We entered a Disney-type line leading to the elevator.
The lift to the top was provided by a series of eight cabins that seat five people each.
The ride up takes four minutes, our guide explained before we climbed into Cabin Eight. The ride down would take three minutes. I immediately appreciated the gravity of the situation.
Immediately I was struck by the sunset over Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
I looked toward home, eastward over the Mississippi River and the banks of Illinois.
The views straight down displayed just how high up we were.
I was hoping to capture a selfie with a cool view out. The lighting would not go along with my hopes.
I did get the St. Louis city ferris wheel at the back of this photo, though.
My new friend Mark said he would like to take the stairs down. No thank you.