Frequently referred to as the Gateway City, Baseball City USA, Gateway to the West and Mound City, St Louis is ranked with the most popular vacation destinations in the United States, attracting huge crowds of visitors. The majority of the city's attractions can be found in and around expansive Forest Park, regarded as one of the largest parks in the nation and beating the Central Park of New York City by 500 acres.
Located here are the Campbell House Museum - an elegant Victorian mansion with its original furnishings intact; Samuel Cupples House - a gem of the Gilded Age on St Louis University's campus; Chatillon DeMenil Mansion designed in the Greek Revival style; and much more. During the period of 1900-1903, the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site was originally the antebellum home of the composer and musician known as the King of Ragtime. Today it is a National Landmark, offering a 25-minute guided tour, which includes second-floor apartment with furnishings representative of the times and the player piano.
Home to a great number of art galleries and museums, St Louis area offers much in terms of cultural sites and attractions. A definite must for those enjoying their St Louis travels, the City Museum features a range of interesting and exciting exhibits, including a large outdoor playground and huge caves, and serves as a meeting point for young art scene of St Louis. Situated in downtown St Louis is also the Eugene Field House dedicated to the outstanding children's author. Another renowned attraction, the Missouri History Museum features programs and exhibits on a wide variety of topics, such as a comprehensive exhibit on Lewis and Clark's voyage and the 1904 World's Fair.
While enjoying your St Louis travel, don't miss the opportunity to visit some of the notable churches of the city, like the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis and a Roman Catholic Cathedral, designed in the Romanesque and Byzantine styles. The Cathedral's interior is decorated with the world's largest mosaic collection. Located adjacent to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is the Basilica of St Louis, King of France - the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral west of the Mississippi River.
The city also possesses a few distinct samples of 18th and 19th century architecture, including the Soulard Market district, the Chatillon-de Menil House, the Bellefontaine Cemetery, the Old Courthouse, the Robert Campbell House and two early skyscrapers of Louis Sullivan: the Union Trust Building and the Wainwright Building.
For most tourists, St Louis travels are associated with the Hill, a historically Italian neighborhood, home to some of the best Italian restaurants in the area. Located in downtown St Louis is also the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Those looking for exciting nightlife and great restaurants should consider Laclede's Landing, situated north of the historic Eads Bridge, on the Mississippi Riverfront.
And finally, a definite must do for those enjoying their St Louis travels are 105 parks serving as fine spots for relaxation and rejuvenation and contain areas for summer concerts, tennis courts, baseball games and lakes.