24 Hours in St. Louis, MO

24 Hours in St. Louis, MO was the perfect amount of time to explore the city for a girls weekend!

I traveled with two friends, Katie and Kate. We debated between getting Uber’s whole time or renting a car. Ultimately we decided that renting a car would actually be cheaper and allow us the flexibility to drive around to multiple locations.

I booked the hotel with points, which is always nice, and we stayed right downtown at the Hyatt Regency. The hotel was in a great location and even walking distance to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium. The only downside to the hotel was parking. The lot was full when we arrived and had to park a block over.

We had a jam-packed day, getting in over 18,000 steps. Here’s what we did:

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Forest Park:

This was our first stop of the day and a great place to walk around and stretch your legs after the plane ride. Also, next door to the St. Louis Zoo which is free to enter!

Pappy’s Smokehouse:

Great BBQ lunch stop in St. Louis. Be sure the beat the rush and arrive before noon to skip the long line. Also, don’t wait for dinner to try out Pappy’s Smokehouse because once they sell out of meat- that’s it for the day.

City Museum:

This place is a must see. It’s unique, one of a kind, and should be renamed City Museum “Jungle gym”. Be sure to wear work out clothes and sneakers if you really want to explore. There is a 15 story slide and multiple hidden passages. The craziest thing about it is that there isn’t a map for the museum!

Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour:

Free tour… and free beer at the end, what’s better than that? The brewery tour was pretty typical and just like other brewery tours I’ve taken in the past. We went on the tour for my friend Kate who had never been on a brewery tour. One highlight was seeing the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. For booking the tour, don’t

For booking the tour, don’t worry about booking in advance for the general tour. All you need to do is walk in and you’ll be placed on the next tour. There are specialty tours that you need to book in advance.


Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar:

Great place to grab a drink and make your own cheese and charcuterie board from their amazing a la carte selection. We ordered the wine flight and tried out some specialty popcorn. It was delicious! When you go, don’t be overwhelmed by their menu, it’s 15 pages long, just talk to the waiter and they’ll have great recommendations.

The Gateway Arch:

Obviously, a must if you’re visiting St. Louis. Don’t wait for the day of to buy tickets, get them online beforehand. Warning: The line is long even if you have tickets, but it is worth it for the view!

2 Replies to “24 Hours in St. Louis, MO”

  1. Hey Rachel –

    This is a great start to your blog, and no doubt soon fellow travelers will be turning to it for advice.

    I look forward to being able to say “I knew Rachel when…”. 🙂

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