It’s a little bit chilly outside, but what a perfect time to plan your next travel adventure. Where shall we go? What shall we do? Should we try somewhere new? These are questions everyone experiences when deciding their next holiday destination. Trying to find a place which is exciting with lots of fun and interesting things to do whilst still allowing you to relax and recuperate can be difficult. St. Louis, a city with a vibrant downtown, offering a range of restaurants, microbreweries and cultural venues is located on the Mississippi River, at the heart of the Midwest, making it an amazing escapism destination for 2022.
See our guide to the top 5 things to do whilst visiting this American cultural oasis and why St. Louis is the must-go destination for 2022!
Located minutes away from downtown, Delmar Loop has so much to offer. This bustling six blocks has a range of entertainment and eateries to die for. Voted the best live music street in 2017, there are a range of small, intimate music venues which host everyone from upcoming acts to national and international acts. Perhaps the crown jewel of these venues is Blueberry Hill, opened in 1972, it famously was the home of Chuck Berry, the “Father of Rock n Roll” who played here for 200 consecutive months until his death in 2017. Blueberry Hill has too many awards to count, and it's hardly surprising when you look up at the photo wall of the amazing acts which have performed here, everyone from Beyoncé to Bob Dylan.
In terms of food, The Loop fails to disappoint. With 46 places to choose from, the cuisines on offer are endless. A classic choice is Fitz Delmar which sits at the heart of the Delmar Loop and is notorious across the United States for Fritz’s Root Beer. This classic diner makes all their root beer in the restaurant on their vintage 1940s bottling line. Enjoy bottomless root beer with some old American classics such Bottler’s Burger, you can’t really go wrong. If you're looking for international cuisine options, an amazing place to stop by is Ranoush. Offering phenomenal Lebanese food, you can’t really go wrong with one of their mezza sharing platters!
Opened in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historical Landmark and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. It’s creator, Englishman Henry Shaw, was inspired by his visiting of the great gardens of Chatsworth in England, deciding to open his very own public park, decades ahead of the creation of the US state parks. Shaw’s unprecedented work reached the likes of Harvard botanist Asa Gray and Sir William Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and subsequently leading to Shaw not just making this a public park, rather a centre of science and education with a range of horticultural displays.
A highly relaxing environment, the Missouri Botanical Gardens has a range of gardens to explore, everything from the Japanese garden with beautiful cherry blossoms to the extensive fruit and vegetable patch. With a picnic in hand, this is the perfect day out to explore the beauty that earth has to offer and a great way to relax and recuperate.
Anheuser-Busch, the infamous company behind Budweiser beer, was founded in 1852 in St. Louis and remains its global headquarters. Such an integral part of the history of St. Louis, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery is still operational today and opens its doors daily to tourists wanting to explore the brewery process of Budweiser as well as understand the history and cultural importance of the company. With a range of tours, everything from full day experiences to exclusive beer tastings, this is a fun day out. You follow the brewing process from grain to beer, starting with how the grains are transported to the factory, which was historically by horse and carriage. Anheuser-Busch used Clydesdales to transport their grains and still to this day have the largest breeding herd of Clydesdales in the world, with some 300 Clydesdales. Meet some of their friendly Clydesdales as you start your journey to seeing how your favourite Budweiser is created. Being able to see the sheer magnitude of production live in action is mind-blowing, as well as hearing the craftsmanship which goes into creating America’s favourite beer. End the tour with a complimentary pint of Budweiser's new and exclusive beer range. With such a historical tie to the city of St. Louis, this is one thing you definitely don’t want to miss.
Fancy a relaxing morning walk whilst seeing some beautiful early 19th century buildings, then look no further, the University of Washington, located in St. Louis County, is a beautiful campus to go explore. Founded in 1853, with much of its architecture based on Oxford and Cambridge University, it has an amazing collegiate feel as you wander around the campus, with so many phenomenal academic discoveries and work occurring on this campus. If you fancy a pit stop as your tour Danford Campus, Kaldi’s Coffee on Skinker is the perfect place. Quant, family run, this café offers an extensive selection of coffee and some super tasty food, you can’t go wrong with their avocado toast!
There is no American trip complete without experiencing the atmosphere at an American sports game… Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, is an impressive site and an even more impressive experience when watching the Cardinals take on their biggest baseball rival, the Chicago Cubs. Adjacent to Busch Stadium is Ballpark village, a perfect place to grab something to eat or explore the never ending merchandise store. This 50,000 seater stadium is electric on game day and a must-see when visiting downtown St. Louis. Located a hand's throw away from the infamous St. Louis Arch, known as “the Gateway to the West” due to it being built during the American expansion westward, this is a perfect activity encompassing lots of St. Louis history with an amazing atmosphere.
These are only to name a few of the incredible things you can do in St. Louis. A city entrenched with history, culture and amazing people, this is a holiday destination you definitely want to go to this 2022!
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