Today the Gateway Arch, the tallest monument in the United States, celebrated its 50th birthday. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for a field trip!
There was a band from Scott Air Force Base:
And a crowd of well-wishers:
A flag raising ceremony:
There were even (free!!!) cupcakes from a few cupcake trucks!
We spent a good deal of time walking around downtown, and admiring the view of the Arch:
But of course the main purpose for our visit was the “Journey to the Top,” which was only a dollar a person today, in honor of the original ticket price. Nothing beats that view!
We also received commemorative pins and certificates, to show we had been there on this historic day.
The Arch grounds are kind of a mess right now, but it’s going to look amazing when it’s done!
We had a great time looking at the metro area from every possible viewpoint!
Back on the ground, we had to get one last picture of St. Louis’ most famous landmark:
Happy Birthday Gateway Arch!