Gateway Arch National Park

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Gateway Arch National Park, [remaining description to be developed].

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Fast Facts

State(s): Missouri
Area: 90.9 acres (0.37 sq km) – 63rd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Entire park – 450 ft (137.16 m)
Lowest Elevation: None
Date Established: February 22, 2018
Annual Visitors: 1,618,774 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: St. Louis, Missouri

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Arch Grounds Tour (1.5 mi, Easy) – A leisurely walk around the Gateway Arch grounds and along the Mississippi River.
  2. Old Courthouse Tour (Variable, Easy) – Explore the historic Old Courthouse with exhibits on the Dred Scott case.
  3. Riverfront Trail (Up to 11 mi, Easy) – Follows the Mississippi River, offering views of the Gateway Arch.
  4. Luther Ely Smith Square (0.3 mi, Easy) – A green space connecting the Arch grounds and the Old Courthouse.
  5. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Variable, Easy) – Includes the Museum at the Gateway Arch and historical exhibits.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Gateway Arch National Park

Gateway Arch is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Gateway Arch National Park.

  1. Taking a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch
  2. Riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River
  3. Exploring the Museum at the Gateway Arch
  4. Participating in ranger-led programs and workshops
  5. Enjoying outdoor concerts and events at the Arch grounds

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Gateway Arch National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Gateway Arch National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Gateway Arch National Park

After hiking and exploring Gateway Arch National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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