Travel Off Paths’ 5 Reasons to Visit St. Louis

Mar 21, 2024 | Blog, News, Plan Your Visit

Travel Off Path recently listed five reasons to visit underrated St. Louis. We could list over 100, but we are all very busy, so instead, here is our artistic twist on the top five reasons. 

Reason 1: “The Eiffel Tower of the Midwest” 

Travel Off Path writes that more than 2.4 million people visited the Arch last year. Not only is the Arch the gateway to the Midwest, but it is also the gateway to all St. Louis has to offer in the arts, from live music to moving dance. Also, a major photo opportunity alert! The backdrop of the Arch in your Instagram photos is sure to make all your friends (and foes) jealous.  

Reason 2: “Free Attractions” 

Listing some of our favorite free attractions, like the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, this is a topic we hold very close to our hearts at In fact, we have made our very own list of the 12 free art activities we love 

Reason 3: “More Culture Than One Might Expect” 

Travel Off Path writes about St. Louis’ own little Italy, the Hill, as a place where you can find authentic “savory Italian cuisine perpetually on any street,” but this isn’t the only must-see area. A variety of neighborhoods in St. Louis capture different vibes. Interested in some live blues and a cold, local craft beer? Soulard is where it is at. Looking for a luxurious day taking in some art? Head over to the Grand Center Arts District 

Reason 4: “Stunning Nature Within Close Reach” 

Mark Twain National Forest is mentioned in the article, but when it comes to nature, we recommend visiting Laumeier Sculpture Park, where art and nature come together to make a beautiful hike even better.   

Reason 5: “So Affordable” 

Travel Off Path says there are “few affordable U.S. cities left worth visiting,” but St. Louis is definitely one of them. With so much to do and see at such a low price, how could you pass it up as a vacation spot? Plus, when you stay in hotels and Airbnb, you support the local art scene. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to St. Louis!