Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - FRONT PAGE - By Kay and David Scott

AMENTION of St. Louis is likely to bring to mind the Gate­way Arch, An­heuser-Busch, or, for base­ball fans, the St. Louis Car­di­nals. At least one of these top­ics is likely to en­ter most con­ver­sa­tions about St. Louis, but, as we re­cently dis­cov­ered, there is much more to the city — with many of its most in­ter­est­ing attractions free to vis­i­tors. We had passed through St. Louis on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, but spent lit­tle time ex­plor­ing the city. Dur­ing pre­vi­ous trips we stayed a night at the ho­tel in Union Sta­tion, the grand old train de­pot, and twice toured the fa­mous Gate­way Arch. How­ever, we knew lit­tle about the city other than it was a start­ing point for Lewis & Clark’s jour­ney to the Pa­cific Coast and is the best base­ball town in Amer­ica. A re­cent stay of al­most a week opened our eyes to the sights and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in this his­toric river city. We vis­ited mu­se­ums, took in a Car­di­nals game, en­joyed a guided bi­cy­cle tour through one of Amer­ica’s largest ur­ban parks and ate some ex­cel­lent food. This was a St. Louis any va­ca­tioner could love and much of it was free. Vis­i­tors can pur­chase a full day of trans­porta­tion on the down­town trol­ley for only $2, or $1 if you’re a se­nior. (All fig­ures in US dol­lars.)

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