Exploring Downtown St. Louis

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! My husband and I had a really small, simple dinner at home by ourselves and it was super relaxing. We couldn't travel this year so we missed out on our traditional family gathering, but hopefully we'll be able to make it next year!

Anyway, back to what this post is about, I figured I'd share a recap of our trip last weekend to St. Louis! We both needed a getaway from everyday stresses and figured we'd take an overnight trip to the city since we live about three hours away. I've never been but my husband Chad used to live in the suburbs back in high school and loved the area. Coming from a small town in Connecticut (no joke- 68 kids in my 8th grade glass), I've always been intimidated by big cities but let me just tell you- I fell in LOVE with downtown St. Louis!

We started our trip at Nora's in Dogtown, a local sandwich shop for lunch. It's a little hole-in-the-wall sub shop that had a 5 star rating from the locals and it was delicious! I highly recommend if you're in the area! Our next stop was the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, which by the was is complimentary and was such a fun free thing to do. Learning about their brewing process and the history of the Anheuser and Busch families was so interesting. You even get a free beer sample- yes, please!

We had tickets for Journey to the Top-the St. Louis Gateway Arch tour- a couple of hours after the brewery tour ended, so we walked around the free zoo for a bit to kill time. It was only a high of 45 degrees, so we were super chilly but it was another fun free thing to do! After our zoo adventure, we had our Journey to the Top tour and it was amazing! You ride in a little pod that's a mix between an elevator and amusement park ride that takes you to the top of the arch, 630 feet up in the air! The views were breathtaking.

After the Gateway arch tour, we checked into our hotel and had dinner in the lobby. We were freezing since we were out in the cold from 11AM-7PM, but we had an incredible time! The next morning we went to a popular locally-owned coffee shop, Park Avenue, who are famous for their gooey butter cakes (we had red velvet and a cinnamon bun and OMG. YES!). Their coffee was delicious! One of my favorite things about traveling is trying other cities' coffee!

We had such an amazing getaway and I fell in love with downtown St. Louis. Have you ever visited?

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